Ed & Edgar

my adventures in the cult of Poe

and other literary endeavours



The Other Poe Cities

Baltimore is, of course, doing a fine job honoring Edgar Allan Poe.  There are lots of events and the Baltimore Sun has put up a nifty webpage with lots of info and links.  The viewing of Poe's body, all night vigil and funeral are especially fitting.  I wish I could attend, but I'll be busy at the Poe Studies Convention in Philly.  However, as this article suggests, Baltimoreans still seems a bit defensive about the rightful place of Edgar's Legacy (sounds like they're still looking over their shoulder at me and my shovel):

"We have the body!" says Poe fan Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. "Possession is nine-tenths of the law. No one else can say that."

Settle down, Doreen, I'm not coming.  Yet.   

Richmond also has a cool webpage and has had lots of events over the entire year (although they seem to have stopped updating the site a while ago). 

I'm not really sure what events are happening in New York.  There are no links at the the Poe Cottage site.  Is New York City doing nothing to honor Poe this month? 


How Boston Honors Poe

Boston may have finally started to honor Edgar Allan Poe, with their renaming of a square in his name and the new exhibition set to open in December, "The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston."  The next Great Poe Debate is also set to kick off the exhibition on Dec 17. 

However, Boston still has a hard time getting its act together when it comes to the most famous writer ever born in their city.  A switchbox which had been painted in Poe's honor was recently painted over.  Apparently, it was all a mix-up, but c'mon, Beaners, isn't this a good metaphor for how you really feel about Poe.  You just want to cover him up and pretend he was never there. 

Isn't that nice.           




Well . . . nevermind.Photos from the mennonno sapiens blog.


Yo, Poe!

Sylvester Stallone is still trying to make a biopic of Edgar Allan Poe:

He revealed: "I keep telling my producer Avi Lerner, 'Make Edgar Allan Poe!' He says, 'Does he have a gun?' 'No, he doesn't have a gun', 'Can he throw a knife?' and I say, 'No, he writes poetry!'

"Of course, I'm not playing Poe. 'Yo, Poe!' It won't work! It'll be some young actor because he dies at 39, but it's gonna happen."

I'd love to see this project go forward.  And I'm still holding out hope for Gary Sinise as Poe, although he may now be too old to play him.  Who would you like to see play Edgar in a movie?


Welcome to Haunted Poe

From StreetTalking Video, a promo for Haunted Poe.  Opening Night this Wed, Oct 7.  Info and Tickets.



Just added to the list of Philly Poe Events:

image courtesy of Michele Corbman PhotographyPoe-sers, by Pink Hanger Presents, the life stories of a woman's splintered personality as she lives and survives within, and because of, the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. (40 minutes)  October 10, 5:30pm at Historic St. George's Methodist Church,235 North Fourth Street, Old City, Philadelphia. A short walk from the Poe Studies Conference, enough time to attend the banquet.  Half price for conference attendees, $7, RSVP or for further info and directions at: poe-sers@hotmail.com or tickets at the door. The Show benefits Poe Studies Association and will be filmed.

I heard some god things about this show when it played the Philly Fringe Festival last month, but I couldn't get out to see it.  So, I'm pleased to able to catch it next week during the conference. 


Poe Season

Poe Season is now upon us.  As the Halloween decorations go up on houses and kids begin to plan their trick-or-treat costumes, 'tis the season to celebrate the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.  There are lots of events happening in the Philadelphia area this year and I've listed the ones I know about on a new page:

Philly Poe Events

As I discover new events, I'll post them.  And as the season progresses, I'll feature those events here, on the Ed & Edgar blog. 

First up is Brat Productions' Haunted Poe, a theatrical haunted house that I've helped develop as Brat's own "Poe Literary Scholar."  Previews run this weekend and opening night is Wed, Oct 7.  I'll be there on the 7th.  I've been working with some of the actors and am very excited to see the finished production.  Hope it's scary as hell.  Some local press for Haunted Poe: the Philadelphia Daily News had a feature on the show and the Phila City Paper had a Q&A with Brat's artistic director, Michael Alltop and the show's director, Madi Distefano.  I've also begun contributing to Haunted Poe's blog and will continue to do so for the run of the show.  My first post lists six reasons for Poe's Philadelphia Legacy.

Also this weekend, the Tell-Tale Heart Exhibition opens at Art in the Age, featuring artwork inspired by Poe's literary works.  And Helen McKenna-Uff is performing as Edgar Allan Poe at the Historic Village at Allaire in New Jersey this weekend for two shows. I can't recommend too highly Helen's performances as Edgar. I've seen her a few times and am always impressed.  Go see Helen.  She is wonderful.  Tell her the Philly Poe Guy sent you. 

For more information on  these and other Oct events, check out the Philly Poe Events list on this site


Edgar Emmy

The Edgar Allan Poe short in which I participated last January has just won an Mid-Atlantic Emmy AwardYes, this is Poe, as he looked while living in Philly in the Historic/Cultural-Program Feature or Segment.  WHYY TV began airing it in January as part of their Arts & Culture Experience programs.  It's just a few minutes long and runs between shows.  Hopefully they'll show it some more during Poe Season (October). 

You can wach it here. 

This doesn't mean that I won an Emmy.  The winners are the team who made a great piece: Trudi Brown (Executive Producer), Andrea Campbell, (Producer), Eric Sennhenn, (Camera), Pat Warner, (Editor)

I was just the guy sitting in the chair answering questions.  But apparently I do that very well.  Perhaps I've found my calling (although I think the beard helps).  Helen McKenna-Uff also did a superb job with her commentary AND playing Poe himself.  We filmed at the true home of the Poe Legacy, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site at 7th and Spring Garden Sts in Philadelphia. 


Philly Poe Guy in print

A new book out today by Jonathan Maberry and David F Kramer, They Bite: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators, features a one-page contribution (about Edgar Allan Poe's supernatural predators, of course) from myself.  There's even a photo of me (and my buddy, Edgar).  There are also vignettes from some great authors, as well, like Gregory Frost and LA Banks.  So buy a copy today (and check out my grim mug on p 246).

And big thanks to Jonathan for asking me to contribute.


Philly Poe Events

Tonight I'll be haunting the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia on a tour of gravesites of Edgar Allan Poe's writing friends and colleagues:

In the Startled Ear of Night

Don't miss this special BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight) tour of the historic grounds of Laurel Hill Cemetery (3822 Ridge Avenue). This free, moderately-strenuous excursion features stops at gravesites relevant to Poe's life. "Philly Poe Guy" Edward Pettit will share anecdotes of the author's time in Philadelphia, and costumed performers will read passages from Poe's work. At the appointed hour a toast will be offered to the lives and legacies of Poe and his contemporaries. Thursday, August 20, 8:00-9:00 p.m. SPACE IS LIMITED - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED at rsvp@bratproductions.org

Sorry if you haven't made a reservation already because the event is completely booked (way over-booked, ectually). But tomorrow night you can join me at a fundraiser for Brat Productions. I'll be knocking back the absinthe:

Corpse Reviver Benefit Party

"Sound loves to revel in a summer night." - E. A. Poe
Party with the creative people involved in HAUNTED POE at this special fundraiser at the Sumo Lounge at RAW (1225 Sansom Street). Madi Distefano (concept and direction) will wow you with a description of the show while a magician and card reader help you get your haunt on. Live Entertainment provided by Mary Ellen Desmond's Jazz Trio, with appearances by characters appearing in HAUNTED POE. Friday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets just $20 ($25 at the door) - order HERE today!

Hope to see you!



My review of Dennis Tafoya's debut novel, Dope Thief, was published last week in the Las Vegas Weekly:

“Ray was thirty and he felt like he’d come to the end of the life he’d been leading. He just didn’t know if that meant he was going to change or if he was going to die.”

Dope Thief is the debut novel of Dennis Tafoya, and, while it bears all the hallmarks of a crime novel, it is also something more, a finely nuanced character study of a criminal trying to get out of the downward spiral of his crimes. Ray is a small-time crook whose new racket is posing as a DEA agent, raiding drug houses and confiscating the money and drugs. Of course, his luck runs out and he finds himself on the run from criminals more ruthless and violent than himself.

Read the rest at the LVW.

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