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Happy Birthday, Egdar Allan Poe

deasf39aOne of the most imaginative writers in American history, Edgar Allan Poe, was born on this day in 1809. His stories have always had a great influence on me, one I hope to share with you later this year for a short Halloween spooktacular story that will be published exclusively on this blog.

Most know the general story of Edgar Allan Poe, including his history of alcohol abuse. What most people do not know, is that the famous image of Edgar Allan Poe that accompanies his obituary is probably the most unflattering picture of the man ever taken. The man who wrote his obituary, Rufus Griswold, had quite a beef with Mr. Poe and painted him in the worst possible light. It is Rufus who cemented the image of Poe as a drunkard and womanizer in the mindĀ of the public. Of course, his real life was much more tame and normal, but that doesn’t make for as good a story does it?

Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe. Your stories live on!