Edgar Allan Poe

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Happy Halloween!  Today, a brief escape from the coverage and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy…  with trick or treating delayed or canceled in storm-ravaged communities along the east coast, we at Word of Mouth are committed to celebrating the holiday in honor of those who cannot… as advice columnist "Prudie" puts it, if we didn’t celebrate Halloween, wouldn’t that be letting the storm win?

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary...

Oct 11, 2012
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Here is Sean Hurley's unabridged reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoy!

Poe Was Totally Steampunk

Oct 11, 2012
Rebecca Lavoie

One of the events that took place earlier this week at the Bosacwen Public Library was the Edgar Allan Poe Steampunk Workshop which linked Poe’s artistry to the “steam-punk” subculture that is quickly growing  among fans of fantasy fiction and Japanese animation. 

We asked a variety of people, including Laura Knoy, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and some adorable kids whether they think Edgar Allan Poe's work still stands up as "scary." Here's the full version of what they had to say about that...

The Last Days of Poe/The Raven

Oct 11, 2012
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The last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life are shrouded in mystery, much like his own work. And to arrive at those last fateful days, you must go back in Poe’s life to set the scene.  He was an orphan, adopted by the Allan family. He grew up well educated and well off, but once he left home for college, his relationship with his foster father grew tumultuous and he was – as they say - cut off.  Poe also had a taste for alcohol and women… and could never seem to balance the two. 

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.