Tags: poe


Madness & Poe on the Sofa

If you’ve got even a passing interest in Poe (and I’m guessing that’s most everyone reading Yaddith Times), Dr. Amy H. Sturgis’seldritchhobbit latest Looking Back in Genre History on StarShipSofa No. 406 is a don’t-miss listen.

In this segment, she reviews an intriguing temporary exhibit at The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. Entitled “Madness: Insanity in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe,” it offers her a springboard for discussing the (often dark) history behind many of Poe’s more notable tales.

The exhibit itself has closed, unfortunately, but the podcast is still available for free on iTunes & at the StarShipSofa website. And The Poe Museum website is darkly fascinating all on its own.

Poe, Hawthorne, & murder most Salem (1830)

Poe fans -- and Hawthorne fans as well -- might want to check out  this article  on Smithsonian.com

Entitled "A Murder In Salem" -- though the same article in Smithsonian this month has the catchier title of "the Tell-Tale Murder" -- it discusses  the brutal killing of one Capt. Joseph White of Salem in 1830, and the inspiration thus provided for works by both Edgar Allen Poe ( "The Tell-Tale Heart") and Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables) .   Plenty of details here for those interested in the history of forensic science, too!


Poe Week haiku contest winners announced

The five winners (there was a tie for fourth place) of Innsmouth Free Press's Poe haiku contest were announced this morning . . . and Yours Truly contributed one of the ties for fourth. 

Find all the winning haiku -- with information on the contributors -- here.  You can also download an attractive little PDF, if you're so inclined.

Happy Halloween, everybody !  If you haven't  read all the Poe Week articles yet (and I confess to being a little behind with them myself), they'll remain available in the archives -- and look to be well worth reading.


two sites not to miss on Halloween Week

So many fears, so little time . . . but there's new content up on the SFPA's Halloween Reading Page.  Three new poets have been added: Shelly Bryant, Stephen M. Wilson, and Liz Bennefeld.  You'll find their readings at the bottom of the list -- for now.  Treat yourself to some creepy ear candy!

Over at the Innsmouth Free Press site (newly revamped, but so far the fangs aren't showing), they're celebrating Poe Week. This means seven days of articles, reviews, and interviews -- beginning with an excellent article on "Edgar Allen Poe, the Myth"  by Pamela K. Kinney.  I plan on checking back each day, and other devotees of classic darkness might want to do likewise.


E.A. Poe-ku?

In celebration of their upcoming Poe Week feature, the Lovecraftian Web site (and eldritch presence) Innsmouth Free Press is sponsoring a Poe Haiku contest with some dark & tempting prizes.   It's free to enter, and the deadline is October 15th.

Find all the details -- and that prize list -- here.

I'm working on my entries right now.  Who could resist a chance to win one's very own crocheted Cthulhu?

Lovecraft Fresh -- the early years

Lovecraftians with extra reading time this season should definitely devote some of it to Tor.com's  December Belongs to Cthulhu -- especially since penguinkeggard , author of the excellent "Living Poe Girl" series in October, is back!

This time, her "Lovecraft Fresh" series (two articles so far) examines the varied influences on Lovecraft's early stories.  Her first devotes itself to Poe's Gothic touch in "The Alchemist" and "The Outsider."   Her second, which I found particularly fascinating, puts her art history degree to good use by revealing Decadence/Symbolist influences in "The Hound."
Both these articles, though academically rigorous, are extremely readable and brief enough for a quick lunch hour.   For those not already familiar with them, she includes links to the tales online.
No matter how versed you are in HPL, though, you're likely to find new tidbits of geeky Mythos goodness here.   Her next article will discuss "The Color Out of Space" -- and I can't wait to see what she finds in that one. 

Living Poe Girl Part 4 is up

For those who have been reading my posts about penguinkeggard's excellent Living Poe Girl series at Tor.com, Part 4 (the finale) is up now. Find it here.

"The Young Girl of the Valley" deals with the ultimate Poe Girl, his wife Virginia.  There's a great deal of biographical information about this neglected figure, plus more than you really want to know about consumption in 19th century America.  And footnotes!

Before you read "The Raven" this Halloween -- and you will be reading it, right? -- treat yourself to this look at Poe's inspiration for the angelic Lenore.

Living Poe Girl, Parts 2 & 3

Well, poo.  Despite my best intentions, I missed the Part 2 posting of S.J. Chambers' remarkable Living Poe Girl series over on Tor.com.   Now I find Part 3 is up!  What's a Poe girl to do?

Catch up during lunch, that's what.    Yum.

Part 2, "An Alchemical Marriage," applies some basic concepts of alchemy to death and resurrection in "Ligeia."   Part 3, "Metaphysical Motherhood,"  discusses change and personal identity in "Morella." 

In both cases, these articles convey an impressive amount of information (I particularly liked Part 2's alchemical briefing) in a concise, well-organized manner.  With endnotes!   Lovers of Poe, or weird/Gothic fiction in general, shouldn't miss them.