Edgar Allan Poe

The man, the myth, the Legend…

Happy Halloween to all Games and Guts readers. This year we decided to talk about Edgar Allan Poe. Most know his face and a couple of his more famous works, but even those who consider themselves true horror fans don’t know much about Poe. On this sacred of spooky nights we thought it would be nice to highlight some of his works and a bit about his life. 

Artist interpretation of a moment from the short story, “Berenice” (Credit: Harry Clarke)
He wrote more than just “The Raven”

Let’s just stop mentioning “The Raven”. This may be the story that put Poe on the map, but it’s time to appreciate more of his work. We’ve already all read it in school and had it shoved down our throats in pop culture. Yes, I’ve heard Vincent Price’s reading of Poe’s The Raven. It was really cool. However, let’s be honest, if it wasn’t Price reading it, it wouldn’t be all that creepy of a story. This story is better at encapsulating the feelings of loss then to actually scare its audience. Other stories such as “Berenice,” “The Oval Portrait,” and even “The Black Cat” don’t get nearly as much attention as they should. While most of Poe’s works of horror are perfectly haunting, we’d suggest branching out this holiday season. 

Artist interpretation of a moment from the short story, “The Tell Tale Heart” (Credit: Lisa K. Weber)
Poe’s death is a mystery

I recognize that this is the time period where people died of really weird shit, like the wrath of God and whatnot, but Poe’s death still manages to be incredibly mysterious. Poe was supposed to leave on a business trip to Philadelphia, but never made it to his destination. He was missing for several days and then was found by Joseph W. Walker. When Walker found him he was shabby and delirious. He never regained enough consciousness to explain how he had come to be this way, and he died four days after he was found. There are several theories out there of why and how his death came to be, but we’ll most likely never know the truth. At least he went out like he lived: sad and spooky. 

Artist interpretation of a moment from the short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (Credit: Harry Clarke)
Poe was quite the trailblazer

Poe was the first person to try and make a living by solely being a writer. Granted, he was never a rich man and suffered from poverty for this decision, but at least he did what he wanted to. Despite Poe being known as mainly an author of terror, he also wrote many things, from science fiction to textbooks. He also invented the detective story genre with his short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Poe also had an influence on so many authors and genres. Without him, we wouldn’t have authors like W.W. Jacobs or H.G. Wells and genres like Southern Gothic wouldn’t be what they are today. 

We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the famous Edgar Allan Poe. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything. And Happy Halloween from the Games and Guts family.

By Joey Warren

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