Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe: Retro Horror for Today’s Readers


The Reader Roundup blog on Friday, Oct. 12 offers some great suggestions for horror reads. I’ll readily admit that horror doesn’t top my list of go-to reads, but I am fond of one of the godfathers of American Horror — Edgar Allan Poe.  I remember listening to a recording of The Tell-Tale Heart as a kid and getting caught up in the suspense and thrill, and yet not getting scared enough to have nightmares about it. When Halloween rolls around I think about re-reading Poe, and while my attention to him is seasonal and fleeting, there are some serious Poe devotees. Take for example The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore which holds an annual visit to Poe’s grave in the Westminster Burying Grounds on Halloween night. Duff Goldman and his crew at Charm City Bakery created an Edgar Allan Poe cake for the Annabel Lee Tavern on Food Network’s Ace of CakesA tavern and a fabulous cake dedicated to a writer — this guy has a serious following. 

Not only did Poe exhibit incredible talent and imagination, but he portrayed it in two of the most accessible formats, poetry and short stories. So even if you’re a horror lightweight like myself or short on free time, there’s no excuse not to fit some Poe into your Halloween season.

For the complete works of Poe try:

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

For alternative access to Poe:

Graphic Classics.  Edgar Allan Poe (a graphic novel)

Dark Graphic Tales By Edgar Allan Poe (a graphic novel)

Steampunk Poe illustrated by Zdenko Basic & Manuel Sumberac

The works of Edgar Allan Poe in eBook format is available by clicking here.

The works of Edgar Allan Poe for listening on Book on CD or downloadable audio, available by clicking here.

And if you just can’t get enough of Poe, check out these websites dedicated to him:

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

- Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist