It’s that time of year again, the one where Instagrammed photos of corny costumes plague Facebook, and department stores stock up enough candy to give an entire army a diabetic coma. However, that’s all Halloween is these days, right? It’s become incredibly cheesy, and although personally not a fan of the holiday myself, I’ll admit that I’m concerned for it. When will people start treating it with a little more class? What happened to the personal side of it all?
Dear MUO-ers, I have decided I will offer you my contribution to the pool of horror. You may not know this, but Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite writers, and I thought I would share a little bit about him for this article. This man is the true master of all that is dark. His stories are not necessarily terrifying, but they are most certainly unsettling and will leave you questioning your friends and neighbors. Today, I bring you four websites devoted to the man himself.
If you don’t happen to have a short story anthology lying around (or even your old high school textbook), it may be frustrating finding all of Poe’s work in one place. Fortunately for you, there’s a website called Poe Stories that has a huge collection of some of the writer’s most famous pieces. In addition to this, you’ll find a great deal of Poe trivia on the site. As always with material like this, it will really give you a chance to get inside of the author’s head (if you dare). Besides that, there’s a very dead forum on the site, but it might be worth checking out.
As a childhood visitor of the Poe Museum, I can tell you that you’re in for a treat. The website is full of Poe-related information, and as with Poe Stories, there are a few selections of his written work that you’ve probably already heard of. If you happen to be a teacher (or someone who just really enjoys learning), there’s a nice section for you to get some details on the mysterious author. For students, there are even a few trivia games to check out.
Beyond that, there’s even a 1950s film of the Tell-Tale Heart on the site, but you’ll have to find it for yourself.
As strange as Poe may be, I don’t think that he’s quite as strange as fan fiction. However, when you pair the prince of the macabre with the odd genre, you get the most peculiar literary combination that I believe could ever exist.
As you may know, FanFiction.net is home to many writers who take existing characters and include them in their own stories (some of which we mustn’t ever discuss….) With that said, there is actually a section of the site devoted to Poe, and it is full of fan-twisted spins on the classic tales. In fact, there are a few alternate endings found here, and I thought it would be worth sharing.
I’d like to just tell you that this website is old in online terms. However, considering the many years that Poe’s work has been around, I’m sure you won’t mind. The House Of Usher is a Poe fan club, stealing its name from one the most interesting tales that the writer has to offer. Here you’ll find many links to videos, artwork, recordings, and stories that I can only describe as being “eerie”. Don’t let the site’s old-style HTML throw you off – there’s a lot of content here worth looking at.
That’s all we have for you on the Poe side of things, folks. I’m sure that there are dozens of sites out there related to the mystery author, and I’d love to see them all.
What other Poe-related sites do you know of? Who is your favorite author of stories with dark themes?