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Roger Corman, Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe

In remembrance of Vincent Price who passed away on October 25, 1993 here is a tribute showcasing the works of Edgar Allan Poe created by Roger Corman and Vincent Price on film.

Edgar Allan Poe Movie Poster Filmography

Ooh, this is a coooool Edgar Allan Poe post. Here is a video of movie posters containing the Edgar Allan Poe filmography and a few miscellaneous scary movie titles here and there. And while the video flips through the scary movie posters, posters from all around the world I might add, Vincent Price is reading Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. I know, didn’t I tell you?

Poe Contemporaries

While we spent a lot of time celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday in January, we find ourselves in the midst of celebrations of Poe’s contemporaries. As fate would have it February 12th was the 200th birthday for both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both were men of great ideas and Writely Applied in their words as was Poe.

I always watch with great interest programs related to the life of great men. One show after another has been aired on our late great President Abraham Lincoln. During this great time in our history being lead under our first black president, there is much to celebrate in the accomplishments of this great man alone. I was awe struck at the number of people that gathered to see President Lincoln’s remains during his travel across the America of his time. Over seven million people viewed the President during his funeral ride from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

But he was one man. Rarely do we get to put into perspective a man in his time. I was reading Lincoln, Darwin, Poe – 3 giants born in 1 month by Peter Bourque and of course I got to thinking about how incredible it is. These men, whose paths perhaps never crossed, lived in an evolving period in history. Even if it was not believed so during the time, we look back and are blown away on what was going on in politics and science…and American literature.

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.” Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882)

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For more information on Poe’s contemporaries, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online.

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Wherefore Art Thou Poe?

Why Poe?

Oh, let me count the ways…hmmm….all over the place literarily this evening.
What are your reasons why Edgar Allan Poe is a part of your being?

Poe?

Because my mother shared him with me.

Because I could get good grades in English writing about my teacher’s favorite author.

Because even if you didn’t read the stories,
the Vincent Price and Peter Lorre movies were relevant.

Because a paperback copy of his complete works is affordable.

Because the hunt for a complete collection of his books,
with incredible illustrations,
is exhilarating.

Because he could get inside your brain…and under your skin
…and before you knew it, maybe even in your dreams…
in the guise of your greatest fear.

Because…even scarier…you want to write just like him.

Why Poe?

Why not?

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How AproPoe

Mark your calendars. On January 19th, the day marking the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, there will be a free world web premier of the feature film Poe, Last Days of the Raven.

Who knew? I had no idea…good thing I watched that Philadelphia New Year’s Day Mummers Parade or I’d be in the dark about Poe’s 200th birthday. I would certainly hate to miss this party. I’m thinking something special should be planned; I’ll get to that later. It is a Monday, figures, how apropoe (wink) that Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday would land on the worst day of the week.

Tell me why, I don’t like Mondays…sorry I digress…hmmm, Boomtown Rats, Poe might have liked that.

Here is some creative fun for a daily exercise, let’s stretch our imaginations and comment on what musical artists or what songs Poe would be a fan of today…any time after his death, don’t worry if you divulge your age, the more macabre the merrier.

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