I can’t ignore Edgar Allan Poe on Halloween on a literary blog. He’s certainly been an inspiration to me as a writer. Living so close to Baltimore has given me opportunities to visit his grave site, former home, and attend numerous Poe related functions. And though I’m not a fan, I do love that our football team is named after Poe’s famous poem.
One site I have not yet visited is the hospital where Poe died, Church Hosptial, formerly know as Washington College Hospital. Bizarre stories of grave robbing, corpse dissecting, and even kidnapping kept locals walking quickly around the building. Check out more info. on the creepy old hospital at http://www.eapoe.org/balt/poechh.htm. A story is waiting to be written there!
For Poe fans, I have to recommend The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl. http://www.matthewpearl.com/poe/poe.html It’s a fascinating literary mystery about the suspicious events surrounding Poe’s death and the web of questionable characters associated with it. It reads like a “Dupin” story, and helps restore the author’s good name in spite of the popular rumors of drug and alcohol abuse surrounding his death.
Finally, it’s fun to see when life imitates art–and by life I mean tacky Halloween decorations. Check out The Ghoul with the Pearl Earring.