Thursday, January 19, 2012
Happy Birthday Edgar Allen Poe!
Today is Edgar Allen Poe's birthday!
There are numerous websites where you can read his material online for free. I happen to love Project Gutenberg so you can see The Works of Edgar Allen Poe Vol. 1 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2147 and Vol. 2 here http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2148.
The best part is? You can download it on HTML or on your Kindle! FREE! Yes, I know, it's exciting. Thrilling, even.
Random fact about me, involving Poe: This past year, I worked at Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights as a scareactor, and my job is to scare people. Literally. It's quite fun, actually. Yes, I do feel bad when some people get scared. No, I haven't gotten punched in the face (though it does happen). Yes, the costumes are awesomeeee.
Anyway, this was the entrance to Nevermore: The Madness of Poe at Universal Orlando Resort.
(Photo Credit: Orlando Informer)
And this is a picture from inside the house! When I walked through, I could hear heartbeats and I saw life-sized black ravens and lots of other interesting costumes.
From Universal Orlando Resort's media page: "One of the haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 21 is Nevermore: The Madness of Poe - The madness of Edgar Allen Poe's greatest works has come to life. Step into the mind of the iconic writer, where every turn of the page takes you closer to the brink of insanity."
And a final note to end on, apparently Poe had a visitor to his grave ever since the 100th anniversary of his death and this visitor would place a bottle of cognac and a few roses at the foot of his grave.
Sweet. Yet, eerie. It's very Poe.
Happy birthday Poe! You are missed and your stories will continue to scare me every time I re-read them.