The Center for the Book

Christopher Zajac / Record Journal

One hundred and sixty-three years after his death, New Hampshire is aiming its literary spotlight on Edgar Allan Poe.

Throughout October libraries around the state are encouraging people to get acquainted – or perhaps reacquainted – with one of the masters of horror.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Edgar Allan Poe didn’t have a chainsaw or horror-movie special effects.

But the guy had a wicked imagination.

When it came to scaring millions of readers he did just fine with stories like:

The Raven.

The Fall of the House of Usher.