Yes, there is such a beast as the CusackPoe and he has flown now to a theatre near you. My review of The Raven, starring John Cusack as a drunken, drug-addled, tormented genius is up at Cinedelphia. Needless to say, I was not pleased with the perpetuation of the Griswoldian fabrication of Poe's character. But what are you going to do? People want their Poe like Byron: mad, bad and dangerous to know (although in Byron's case, most of the scandalous stories about him are true). And if Poe films like this did not continue to spread such outrageous lies about Poe, what would I do?
I am also featured in today's Metro for the Philadelphia area ("Philly Poe Guy Pettit has some bones to pick"), debunking the Poe myths and in the Philadelphia Daily News, journalist Molly Eichel has written an excellent piece (and included some quotes from me) about Dickens' pet raven, Grip, and how Poe was inspired by the bird.
All in all, a good day when I can combine my two current projects, Poe and Dickens.