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  • Chris G.
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    On the history of the original Poe Toaster --

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index....d-poe-toaster/

    And here's a video with the new daytime Poe Toaster --

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WayD78j2B0o

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  • Magpie
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    The City of Baltimore has now hired an "official" Poe Toaster to dress up as a twat and recreate the mystique of the original, albeit at the more visible grave in broad daylight so that the punters can take a gander.

    Abomination, but inevitable.

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  • Chris G.
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    Thanks, Nemo. Yes, I have heard about this movie. Needless to say, it is a completely fictional story in which Edgar Allan Poe figures as a character.

    Chris

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  • Paul Kearney A.K.A. NEMO
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    I recently saw an advertisement for a new film called "Raven" which seems to be a murder tale with John Cusack starring as Edgar Allan Poe

    "In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster)

    When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story

    Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late"

    Trailer available here...

    http://dailyblam.com/news/2012/02/23...dgar-allen-poe

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  • Chris G.
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    Originally posted by Belinda View Post
    On a slightly related note this is adoreable

    http://www.poemuseum.org/shop/index....product_id=142

    I love John Astin I wish I could be there
    Thanks, Belinda.

    This is the site for the Poe Museum in Richmond. Poe lived in a number of East Coast Cities, in two houses in Baltimore, in several houses in Richmond, in at least one house in Philadelphia, and two houses that I know about in New York. He was born in Boston in 1819, the son of actors, but died in Baltimore in 1849.

    There's an interesting and amusing essay about Poe and Baltimore by Mike Fallon in Loch Raven Review that my fellow editors and I published several years ago. Go to

    Rediscovering Poe: the Mask and the Man

    Cheers

    Chris

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  • Belinda
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    On a slightly related note this is adoreable

    http://www.poemuseum.org/shop/index....product_id=142

    I love John Astin I wish I could be there

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  • Chris G.
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    I just got a notice to say that the Poe House has dropped the idea to have that two evening seance to contact the spirit of Poe that was to take place Friday, March 2/Saturday, March 3 and a more conventional evening with poetry etc with actor John Astin will be presented on the Saturday.

    I wonder if the reaction toward the seance idea was as negative as I felt and that's why it has been canned?

    All the best

    Chris

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  • Chris G.
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    Originally posted by Mike Covell View Post
    Thanks for making me aware of this one Chris. The thing is, they know who they are looking for, they know all about him, so anyone could say they are communicating, become the centre of attention and making it all up. I don't blame you for giving it a miss, I think I would too.
    Hiya Mike

    Thanks for your input, Mike. Then maybe in this instance we should adopt the Harry Houdini approach of skepticism toward those who dabble in the paranormal rather than the Conan Doyle model of accepting that there might be something "in" what they are going to be doing at the upcoming event.

    As you have indicated, this is rather like an author who approaches research on a subject with a pre-conceived notion of what they will find rather than allowing the investigation to take them where it leads. Unfortunately, we know a number of authors in this field who have used that flawed approach! I mention no names.

    Cheers

    Chris

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  • Mike Covell
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    Thanks for making me aware of this one Chris. The thing is, they know who they are looking for, they know all about him, so anyone could say they are communicating, become the centre of attention and making it all up. I don't blame you for giving it a miss, I think I would too.

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  • Chris G.
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    Hi all

    I received an invitation in the mail today to attend a presentation at Westminster Hall, Baltimore, where Edgar Allan Poe is buried and where they have in the past held events in commemoration of his birthday (January 19). The show is going to be on two days, with one performance at 7:00 pm on the evening Saturday, March 3, and the second at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 4. Having attended such events before I was expecting an engaging evening of poetry and drama based on EAP's works. So I was eager to learn more about it, as you might anticipate.

    Reading the fine print I was less interested:

    The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore Present

    BEYOND NEVERMORE


    The 2-hour program(s) will give a select group of paranormal investigators a chance to make contact with the spirit of the man who we have all celebrated and paid homage to over the years at Westminster Hall, and at the Poe House--keeping his name and works alive through out various celebrations.


    This might be up your street, Mike, but not mine, I believe! I think I will give it a miss. That having been said, I have always thought Westminster Hall might make for a very neat place to hold a Ripper gathering. Any Americans fancy doing a "Baltimore Job" maybe this Fall????

    Cheers

    Chris

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  • Chris G.
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    Originally posted by Mike Covell View Post
    It's a shame the tradition has to stop. I hope it continues into the future.
    You never know, I might develop a liking for cognac... but whether I will be inclined to leave my bottle of cognac on the grave remains to be seen.

    C

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  • Mike Covell
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    It's a shame the tradition has to stop. I hope it continues into the future.

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  • Chris G.
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    Originally posted by Mike Covell View Post
    Thanks, Mike.

    I gave an hour-long lecture at Charlestown Retirement Community in Baltimore on Saturday on "The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe."

    One of the questions asked after the lecture was about the tradition that for many years on Poe's birthday someone left a bottle of cognac and a bouquet of roses at the poet's grave. The custom was carried on for a number of years, then stopped a few years ago and resumed. The theory was that the original man may have died and his son restarted the tradition.

    As stated, it hasn't happened now for a couple of years. One of my local poet friends has a theory that the "Poe Toaster" might have been the late long-time president of the Poe Society of Baltimore, Alexander Rose.

    Chris

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  • Mike Covell
    started a topic Is Edgar Allan Poe's admirer dead?

    Is Edgar Allan Poe's admirer dead?

    From the LA Times,

    http://www.latimes.com/travel/sns-ap...,5326220.story
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