It is my understanding that the search is on for another ” Poe Toaster ” to leave a bottle of Cognac on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe on January 19th, the anniversary of his birthday in Baltimore. An unusual, interesting & possibly strange method of marking the author’s birth. Did he do it for the anniversary of his death, as well ? Because of the nature of Poe’s verse, it would seem more fitting.
A small cranny of my psyche has an affinity for writers like Poe & Lovecraft, especially around Halloween, when the borders between this world & the next become thinner than the skin of an onion ( If you believe in that kind of thing. I’m not sure ). Stephen King is pretty tame, & Ann Rice never really appealed to me, except for her Gothic – ish novel ” The Mummy – Or Rameses The Damned “. I’ve got them packed away in my cousin’s garage, due to this being an efficiency apartment. By the way, Poe’s work influenced 1 chapter of Ray Bradbury’s anthology, ” The Martian Chronicles “. Look up ” USHER II ” & you’ll see what I mean.
Anyway, even if this isn’t anywhere near Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, it seems fitting to the season.
http://www.houseofusher.net/raven.html – The famous poem that’s become one of his signature works ( I think this link is clickable….. ).