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DENNIS PAOLI: THE POE FOREVERMORE INTERVIEW

Dennis Paoli
Dennis Paoli.

Dennis Paoli writes plays and films. His oeuvre includes adaptations of the works of Poe and Lovecraft. Re-Animator (1985), Dreams of the Witch House (2005), The Black Cat (2007) and Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, a one-man play starring Jeffrey Combs that has been winning and astonishing audiences around the country since its premiere at The Steve Allen Theatre in Los Angeles in 2009.

When Paoli is not writing for the stage or screen or collaborating with long-time collaborators Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs, he teaches writing and Gothic Literature at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is also Donor/Advisor of the Heidi Paoli Fund for cancer patients.

I talked with Dennis about his approach to adaptation and screen and play writing, and getting under the skin of the man Edgar Allan Poe, in early October, 2014.

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STEFANIE ROCKNAK: THE POE FOREVERMORE INTERVIEW

Rocknak Sculpture
Detail of the final design of "Poe Returning to Boston".

PART ONE

Poe belongs to the city of Boston in 2014, and the unveiling on October 5th of Stefanie Rocknak’s powerful and dynamic statue of the poet, called Poe Returning to Boston, leads the way.
I was lucky to catch the busy and hectic sculptor during a particularly hectic and busy time---the ground had just been broken by the construction crews in Boston’s Edgar Allan Poe Square, and Rocknak was taking a brief break from running between The Hub, the foundry where the life-sized statue is being cast in bronze, and Hartwick College in New York, where she is an associate professor of philosophy…
-Mark Redfield

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THE MIKE FLANAGAN INTERVIEW

OCULUS - Poster
OCULUS Poster

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan’s new film OCULUS opened in theaters in the US on April 11, 2014.

Critics have universally praised the film, and the opening weekend box office numbers were impressive.

In 2011, I asked my friend and film editor, Sean Paul Murphy (who is also a successful screenwriter) to interview Flanagan for my magazine Monsterpalooza, marking the occasion of the release of his first horror film, ABSENTSIA. Two filmmaking friends and colleagues talking film. Here is that interview.
-Mark Redfield

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EDGAR ALLAN POE’S IRISH HERITAGE

Poe St. Patrick's Day

As the world celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day—from Brazil to Baltimore, from Trafalgar Square to Boston Commons—the day that originally was a Catholic Feast Day, but has now come to include the celebrations around the globe of all things Irish by the Irish Diaspora (and millions of “Irish-For-A-Day” folks!), we thought it a perfect time to celebrate Edgar Poe’s Irish heritage.

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