Poe Week: The Great Detective

By Stewart Sternberg

Around Halloween, it’s easy to focus on the horror of Poe, but one shouldn’t lose sight of his contributions to another genre – the detective mystery. Unfortunately, few modern readers tackle Poe’s mysteries. Instead, they are given through school a handful of stories, usually consisting of “The Tell Tale Heart”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. And they are made to analyze “The Raven”, a poem about the hopelessness of life …

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Poe Week: Vincent Price: The Poe Hero

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are actors who appear in movies and there are actors who embed themselves in our minds. In horror, we have people like Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. These are performers who not only read their lines and donned the appropriate makeup, these are actors who made the movies…well…the movies. They defined, and sometimes redefined, horror and suspense. Key among these is Vincent Price, a personal favourite. My daughter Victoria would have been named ‘Vincent’ …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 10/28/10

This entry is part 19 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

V
(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

ABC has downsized its second V season to only ten episodes, down from 13, Deadline reported. This has spurred comments among fans who think the show will not live to see a third season. Considering the almost manic way the show has been handled until now, I wouldn’t be …

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Poe Week: Tell-Tale Homes

By Nick Mamatas

This article was originally published in Weird Tales, 2009. It is reprinted with permission from the author. Do not reproduce.

For writers, Edgar Allan Poe is a hard man to avoid, especially for those scribes who happen to live on the East Coast of the United States. Not just because Poe created the genre of mystery fiction, founded modern horror by eliminating the moral instruction formerly universal in such stories, and also planted the seed of …

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Poe Week: Poe Movies for Halloween

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

So, it’s Halloween and instead of zombies, you’ve decided to play it Gothic. What sort of Poe-inspired stories should you be watching? Ah, you’ve come to the right place. Fortunately, Roger Corman made a ton of Poe adaptations with Vincent Prince in the lead role. But he wasn’t the only filmmaker who found Mr. Poe’s work ripe for adaptation. There are many to pick and I’m going to tell you which ones should be at the top …

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Poe Week: Poe and Lovecraft



By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Poe and Lovecraft share an important connection, which has not passed unnoticed by fans of horror. Aside from the obvious geographical traits (they were both from New England) and interests (a proclivity for science or poetry), there is the fact, as Robert Bloch said, that “Poe and Lovecraft deliberately chose to turn their backs on contemporary styles and subject-matter and created their own individual worlds of fantasy. In this above all else they were similar.”

Poe was …

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Poe Week: Edgar Allan Poe, the Myth

By Pamela K. Kinney

Do you know the truth about Edgar Allan Poe? Or is what you know a fabrication, a myth? As with many other famous people, there are myths about the man, many times blurring legend and reality.

To understand why stories circulate, let’s talk about the truth. Born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, he and his sister traveled with Elizabeth, his actress mother, to Richmond where she performed. The mother died in Richmond on December 8, …

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Welcome to Poe Week

It has arrived! We proudly announce the beginning of Poe Week, featuring seven days of articles, interviews and reviews celebrating Edgar Allan Poe. We scratched our heads trying to come up with some fun-themed content for Halloween and that it is when it hit us: why not go with the classic? Poe!

After all, dear old Eddy was quite the character. A poet, master of suspense and inventor of the modern detective story, he is one of the top grand-daddies …

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Found on the Net: Nevermore

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The last week of October at Innsmouth Free Press will be dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. That’s a good excuse as any to point you in the direction of a recent interview with movie director Stuart Gordon and actor Jeffrey Combs (both of Re-Animator), who discuss the project Nevermore over at Fearnet. Nevermore is a one-man play about the last days of Poe. They talk about the possibility of adapting the play as a movie and …

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Found on the Net: Mythos Artists Wanted

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Artist Paul Carrick, whom we recently interviewed, is looking for a few good shoggoths…err, I mean artists. Paul is organizing the art show at the upcoming MythosCon and he needs artists for the art show, either attending in person or mailing their work.

On his blog Paul, says, “It’s going to have some excellent guests, including Robert Price and S.T. Joshi – a veritable who’s who of the modern Mythos. I came on board because it was …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: The Robert Munsch Mythos

By G. W. Thomas

I am surprised by the universality of certain plots, not their details but their feel. Take, for instance, Robert Munsch’s The Dark (1979). (For those who lack access to the smaller kind of humans, or prefer Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch is a Canadian children’s writer who gained widespread popularity after his book, Love You Forever, became the fourth bestselling children’s book of all time. You may remember Joey Tribbiani reading it on Friends in 2003.) …

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Welcome to Conspiracy Day

Today is October 13. As those of you who followed our Templar Week last October know, the trial of the Knights Templar started on this date in 1307 when almost all of the Templar monks in France were arrested in a sudden predawn raid on charges of heresy by a greedy French king. The trial dragged on for seven years, establishing unpleasant and ugly precedents still extant of extra-judicial expediency for princes in the realms of torture and due process …

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