A THANK YOU TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS
And I’d like to take a moment to thank you for taking the initial risk on a magazine, sight-unseen, quality unknown, and just diving in with your support; and to thank you for the faith you had that something entertaining and worth-while would be delivered.
From all of your comments here, emails to me, and letters (yes! actual typed or hand-written letters!), I think we’ve made something pretty good. I think we’re on the right track. But it would not be happening without you all.
It’s my intention to fill each future issue with stories and features that you’ll want to read, and re-read again and again. A collection of volumes that are “evergreen” and that have a “shelf-life” in your library. As an editor/publisher, I have to trust my instinct. Frankly, I pick the stories and features for the magazine that, well, I like. The ones that work for me, hoping they’ll work for you, too. I don’t “poll” or follow trends. And I thank you for trusting me.
Unlike Charles Foster Kane, I won’t be publishing a “Declaration of Principles”. (Nor do I wish, like Kane, to “lose a million dollars a year”, for the next 60 years!) However, I will promise this: that I’ll continue to put my shoulder to it and trust my instincts to make the best magazine I can; that I’ll keep the magazine “advertisement free” within its pages, and that I’ll publish as long as you’re with me.
For that, dear readers, I thank you most humbly and profoundly.
POE FOREVERMORE #1 NOMINATED FOR 'BEST Magazine' and 'BEST MAGAZINE COVER'!
Our premiere issue, the cover illustrated by Cortney Skinner, has been nominated for Best Magazine for 2012 and Best Magazine Cover in the 11th Annual Rondo Awards.
The Rondo Awards are a fan-driven/popular vote contest. Anyone can vote, and voting ends midnight, April 7th.
Poe Forevermore: Tales of Mystery and Imagination is in category 12 (Best Magazine) and category 17 (Best Magazine Covers).
Here is the full ballot: http://www.rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos.html
The rules are simple (although the ballot is long, because it covers a lot of movies, TV, books and horror-related publications and events from 2012). Take a moment and please vote for Poe Forevermore!
Congratulations to Cortney Skinner on the nomination, the artist who created such a wonderful illustration for our premiere issue! And to all of our contributors and artists who made it happen!
THE WINNERS OF OUR 2012 WRITING CONTEST
Posted February 14, 2013
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 writing contest competition, "The Poe House: A Jewel in Baltimore's Crown".
Congratulations to all.
Adult Prose Category
Adult Poetry Category
A notification email and letter has been sent to each of the winners today, February 14, 2013.
Again, congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks to all who entered!
BALTIMORE RAVENS Super Bowl Champions!
Posted February 5, 2013
Congratulations to The Baltimore Ravens for winning the Super Bowl! An intense game against the San Francisco 49ers, with The Ravens emerging victorious! Millions watched the game, and over 200,000 fans turned out on the streets of Baltimore days later for their victory parade, with over 80,000 fans packing the Ravens stadium in Baltimore on February 5th.
A grand week for The Ravens, Baltimore, and Poe fans---as the Baltimore Ravens are named after Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven”! RavensNation!
NEW IN OUR STORE! KELLY CREAGH'S "ENSHADOWED"
Posted January 22, 2013
We're proud to offer the second of Kelly's novels of her Poe-inspired trilogy, with all proceeds going to support the re-opening of the Poe House in 2013. Stock is limited, so order the hardback of Enshadowed today!
Hardcover. ONLY $15.00 (Price includes shipping and handling! US orders only!)
VISIT OUR STORE to order your copy today!
Our Toast to Edgar A. Poe
Posted January 19, 2013
We gather tonight to celebrate a master artist.
An artist who didn’t wield a brush, or a chisel, or, even in his fervent, forward thinking brain-- were he able to conceive it-- a motion picture or video camera to make his art, but a pen. Just a simple pen and ink. A master artist who painted with his pen word pictures. Images that have transported us to other worlds; to other states of mind. Stimulating emotions of wonder, and yes, sometimes of terror and the uncanny. To worlds of great beauty and to the cosmos beyond.
We gather tonight to celebrate a man.
A man, who, two-hundred-four years after his birth, conjures an image in many people’s minds of that of a being wracked with despair, of gloom. Of sadness and hopelessness, trapped in an unhappy, hostile world.
We know better. We, who are gathered here tonight, drawn together in friendship and community because of this artist, because of this man, know better. We know Poe.
We know of the precocious and athletic boy. We know the passionate young man who loved and cared for his family. We know the man who loved the women in his life with blind devotion. We know the fiery critic who held his art and his fellows to higher standards. We know the genius who held his own art to a higher standard, and his compulsion to share with an ever wider audience. And because we know this side of Poe, it isn’t so hard to see that underneath it all, he was quite the resilient optimist. Really.
Poe wrote, “Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.”
However Poe has fed and nurtured our lives individually, whether to inspire us to create or to stir our imaginations and make our lives a little bit fuller after we’ve read him, it is this side of Poe we pay particular tribute to on the 204th anniversary of his birth. For in all of our lives, like Poe’s, come the ups and the downs, the joys and the sadness, the victories and defeats. If anyone’s life can remind us of the truth of the old saying that “when one door closes, another opens”, it’s Poe.
To a Son of Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe. To a Beacon of Baltimore, the Poe House and Museum. To each of you gathered here tonight that keep his work and memory alive.
To the future.
FREE TOURS OF WESTMINSTER HALL BURIAL GROUND!
Posted January 14, 2013
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2013 2PM & 4PM EACH DAY
Have you ever toured Westminster Hall Burial Grounds and the catacombs beneath Westminster Hall? If you're coming into town for the big Poe birthday bash, how would you like a FREE tour with a knowledgeable guide to tell you all its secrets?
FREE TOURS on January 19th and 20th, at 2pm and 4pm each day! Space is limited, so you must arrive a few minutes early. No reservations required.
PLEASE NOTE: These special tours are open to all, BUT space is extremely limited to about 35 people, and guests will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive at the gate a few minutes early of the designated tour start time. Due to the terrain and layout of the graveyard and catacombs, Westminster Burial Ground is not entirely handicapped accessible. Tours last approximately 1 hour and include the Burying Grounds, Catacombs, Westminster Hall.
Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore.
These special free tours are sponsored by "The Following" premiering on FOX TV JAN 21. Check local listings for air times.
Mark Redfield's 'A Christmas Carol' on CDBaby!
Posted December 9, 2012
My reading of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I am donating 100% of the profits of the purchase of this mp3 to the re-opening of The Poe House in Baltimore in 2013!
You don't have to leave your home! Not even your chair! Just download my mp3 of "A Christmas Carol" and share it this season with your friends and family!
Order A CHRISTMAS CAROL here:
It's only 4.99, and every penny, crown, or farthing will be donated to the re-opening of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore in 2013!
The Poe House and Museum was closed by the city of Baltimore on September 28th, 2012. A new non-profit organization, Poe Baltimore, Inc. has been created to operate and manage the Poe House and Museum. I am the Vice President of the board of Poe Baltimore, Inc.
I felt this was a fun way to help The Poe House this holiday season--so please don't be a Scrooge--be a reformed Scrooge, and order "A Christmas Carol" from cdbaby now!
About the recording:
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Since 1843, A Christmas Carol has delighted millions around the globe and has come to embody the spirit of Christmas for all who have been touched by its magic. Your favorite characters come vividly to life in this rich performance by Mark Redfield. With wonderful music by Bill Dickson, gather â€™round this holiday season to hear the beauty and timeless art that is Charles Dickensâ€™ A Christmas Carol.
"Redfield's meticulous diction, perceptive phrasing, excellent transitions and impeccable timing make his Scrooge the finest we have heard. His is a classic interpretation that is almost Shakespearean."
For ipod, ipad, and iphone, your computer or laptop, and other devices that support and play mp3s. But it's really for your entertainment this holiday season!
My reading performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" runs approximately 1 hour. I used the cutting that Dickens used for public reading. The download is $4.99 (CDBabay takes a small cut) and the profits will be donated to The Poe House next year.
Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy it. It's one of my favorite stories!
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all!
Order A CHRISTMAS CAROL here:
'Poe Forevermore: Tales of Mystery and Imagination' gets a nice plug on Ain't It Cool News!
Posted November 14, 2012
Here's an interview with artist Mark Wheatley, who illustrated the David Gerrold story "The Case of the Green Carnation" for the premiere issue! We couldn't be happier for the mention!
Subscribe to POE FOREVERMORE Magazine HERE!
THE 2013 POE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN BALTIMORE!
Posted November 3, 2012
The 204th Poe Birthday Celebration will happen in Baltimore on Saturday, January, 19th, 2013!
We’re planning the event now—a full evening of entertainment, music, performances, walk-around Poe characters, terrific vendors-- all celebrating the birth of Edgar Allan Poe!
A full program will be announced before Thanksgiving, and advance tickets will go on sale here in mid-December! You’ll want to purchase your tickets and reserve your seats when they do go on sale, as the very popular annual birthday bash sells out fast!
For details and an update on the 204th Poe Birthday Celebration in Baltimore, check back with us Thanksgiving weekend!
POE Forevermore Magazine!
Posted October 2, 2012
Mark Redfield, publisher and editor, is proud to announce the premiere of POE FOREVERMORE: TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION! Published quarterly, the premiere issue debuts in late October, 2012!
The premiere issue of this print-only magazine contains some of the finest short fiction in the horror, sf, and mystery genres. The first issue contains great stories by David Gerrold (Star Trek, "The Trouble With Tribbles"), Rafael Alvarez (journalist and President of The Poe Society), Larry Blamire ("The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra") and others!
Also in this issue: we extract and examine Poe's terror tale "Berenice", talk with Stephen Rebello about the new film "Hitchcock", based on his book "Alfred Hitchcock and the making of 'Psycho'", introduce a premiere English translation by Miroslaw Lapinski of one of Polish author Stefan Grabinski's weird tales, and have a great story by Stephen Volk, wherein in a young Sherlock Holmes meets Dupin in Paris!
All this and more, packed into 80, large print pages! Illustrated with black and white art and photos! Full-color cover.
Subscribe to POE FOREVERMORE, and get all four quarterly issues, a special 2013 ANNUAL (available ONLY to subscribers, a monthly e-newsletter (beginning December 1st, 2012, and also only available to subscribers) and free gifts! You can SUBSCRIBE HERE.
If you love reading tales of mystery and imagination; if you love horror, detective fiction and science fiction, you'll love POE FOREVERMORE!
Our fabulous first cover was painted by Cortney Skinner, and is entitled "Poe's Progeny"! (and wouldn't that make a great poster, too?)
Subscribe, or order a single issue copy today. Please allow 10-14 for shipping and delivery, depending on your zip code or country. Our second issue will be available in January, 2013.
POE'S 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!
Posted September 30, 2012
Beginning Monday, October 1st, 2012, only on our Facebook page...
Tell your friends. More Poe. More contests. More fun facts and trivia. More Halloween...than on any other museum Facebook page on the planet Earth.
31 daily contests. 31 winners. And only ONE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE, that only one of the 31 winners (as finalists) will be eligible to win on November 1st.
Here's how it works:
All treats. No tricks. But you gotta play to win. Only on The Poe House and Museum Facebook page HERE!
THE POE HOUSE IN BALTIMORE CLOSES TODAY!
Posted September 28, 2012
The City of Baltimore closed the Poe House and Museum today, Friday, 28 September, 2012.
The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has been run since 1979 by the city, under the stewardship of CHAP (the Commission on Historic Architecture and Preservation) under the keen leadership of Curator Jeff Jerome.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore's beleaguered Edgar Allan Poe House will be shutting its doors Friday, with plans to reopen in 2013 under the auspices of a nonprofit group hoping to increase attendance and make the city landmark self-sufficient.
UPDATE: BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL, OCTOBER 1, 2012: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-poe-house-20121001,0,3902331.story
THE POE HOUSE LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND THE BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX
NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR THE POE HOUSE!
Posted July 21, 2012
The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore has expanded its schedule for the summer.
'TALES POE NEVER TOLD' ART EXHIBIT AT THE POE MUSEUM
Posted May 31, 2012
An exhibit of new work by Mark Redfield!
Ongoing. Wed. – Sat. noon to 3:45PM. June 9th through Labor Day, 2012.
The Edgar Allan Poe House Poe House and Museum. 203 N. Amity Street. Baltimore, Maryland 21223
Mother's Day At The Poe House!
May 7, 2012
The Poe House will hold it's first ever Mother's Day event on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from noon to 4 pm.
The Poe House will resurrect the spirit of Poe's mother, actress Elizabeth Arnold, who will visit the Poe House and sing several songs that she sang while performing on the stage. She'll talk briefly about her son, Edgar, whom she loved very much.
Visit our DIRECTIONS page to find us from your location.
Happy Mother's Day!
POE HOUSE OPENS FOR THE 2012 SEASON!
April 6, 2012
The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore re-opens for visitors for the 2012 season!
For the Easter Weekend Holiday, The Poe House is open on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th, from noon to 3:45PM.
Subsequent weekends: The Poe House will be open to visitors Thursday thru Saturday, noon to 3:45PM.
Visit our DIRECTIONS page to find us from your location.
See you at the Poe House!
REDFIELD'S CARTOON OF JOHN ASTIN AS "GOMEZ" TO SUPPORT THE POE HOUSE!
March 24, 2012
This large cartoon of John Astin as "Gomez" is offered for auction as a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Signed by the artist, Mark Redfield, and autographed by Mr. Astin, it comes to the winner framed, as shown.
This auction ends April 2, 2012. You can bid on the painting now at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190657739450
John Astin has been a friend for a few years now, and this large cartoon of him as Gomez Addams from the TV show "The Addams Family", was displayed at an event called
"Poe Forevermore" in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3rd, 2012, at a fundraiser for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore.
In 2010, the City of Baltimore eliminated the funding of the Poe House and Museum, and Mr. Astin and I (with many, many others) have been doing all we can to keep the doors of the Poe House open to the public! All proceeds from the auction of this painting will go to the Poe House.
Mr. Astin has been a long-time supporter of the Poe House, performing readings for events, and has played Edgar Allan Poe in his own one-,man show. Mr. Astin autographed the cartoon of "Gomez" just above the shoulder (as seen in the accompanying photo).
The original acrylic painting measures 24"x30". The measurements of the framed painting is approximately 33 1/2" x 39 1/2".
On behalf of The Poe House, John Astin and myself, that you for bidding on this item, and thank you for your support of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore!
If you have any questions about this auction, please contact the seller thru Ebay, or at email@example.com
SUPPORTING THE POE HOUSE WITH HIS CARTOONS
In addition to this painting for auction, Mark Redfield is donating 50% of all sales of any Poe-related art sold from his Etsy on-line gallery to The Poe House and Museum. New paintings will be added frequently, so stop by, take a look, and remember that half of all sales of those Poe-related items will go to keeping the doors open to the public!
Rapping at My Chamber Door: Edgar Allan Poe and the Spiritualists
February 6, 2012
by Jeff Savoye, The Poe Society
Although most advocates of spiritualism trace the origins of their beliefs back to prehistoric times, "Modern Spiritualism" officially began during the last two years of Poe’s life. On March 31, 1848, the Fox sisters (of Hydesville, NY) were reportedly awakened by shaking beds and loud noises. In the presence of their parents and a number of neighbors, who served as witnesses, the younger of the two girls, 12-year old Kate, challenged the spirit to repeat the snapping of her fingers, which it apparently did. Subsequently, sessions were held that served as the first known examples of spirit-tapping, where questions were asked by a group of people seated around a table, and answers were received with taps of one for "yes" and two for "no." The resulting publicity quickly found a prominent place on the front page of newspapers across the nation, and launched a movement that still has adherents around the world.
Among many of the early and most enthusiastic advocates of spiritualism were the very literary women with whom Poe had cultivated friendships while living in New York. One of these, Sarah Helen Whitman, was briefly engaged to Poe in 1848, and remained a loyal defender of his memory until her own death in 1878. Her role as an ardent spiritualist was made evident in regularly attending seances and eventually serving as her own medium. On April 2, 1874, she wrote to John Henry Ingram, Poe's English biographer, that "I never have seen a ghost though I once saw a beautiful luminous hand that wrote for me three initial letters, which I still preserve & look upon with awe & wonder!" (Although she does not specify those "three initial letters," one can reasonably surmise that they were "E. A. P.")
Poe's own precise position on such matters is not easily documented. Robert D’Unger, who was living in Baltimore in 1846 and claimed to have met Poe at that time, Poe having come to town on a visit to family and friends. According to D'Unger, Poe was “a believer in ‘spirit friends,’ spiritualism not then being known.” The idea of the soul enduring beyond the death of the body is present in a number of Poe's writings, including such tales as "Ligeia," "The Colloquy of Monos and Una," and "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." One of the poems from Poe's own first collection of poetry, "Tamerlane and Other Poems" (1827), was "Visits of the Dead," later give the title "Spirits of the Dead." Beyond his own writings, one of Poe's favorite poems was "Unseen Spirits" by N. P. Willis, first published in the New-York Mirror (July 29, 1843, p. 272). Poe regularly read the poem during his lectures on poetry, and always with a word of praise. In a letter of March 30, 1844, to James Russell Lowell, Poe cites "Unseen Spirits" as "perhaps the best poem he [Willis] has written."
Less than a year after Poe's death, he became a highly-sought spirit at many seances. Even Poe's nemesis, the Reverend Rufus Wilmot Griswold, held a seance (detailed by George Ripley in “An Evening with the ‘Spirits’,” the New-York Tribune, June 8, 1850). One of those in attendance was Poe's old friend N. P. Willis. Over the next several years, a number of poems began to be "received" from Poe, the most famous being "The Streets of Baltimore," recorded by the prolific Lizzie Doten early in 1863 in the spiritualist newspaper the Banner of Life. In her Poems from the Inner Life (Boston: 1863), Lizzie Doten reprints this poem and five others that she says were also "received" from Poe ("Resurrexi," "The Prophecy of Vala," "The Kingdom," "The Cradle or Coffin," and "Farewell to Earth"). Two decades later, the practice was still much in vogue. The Oswego Morning Express, May 6, 1882 (p.4, col. 3) includes an article called "The Spirit Land" about a mediumistic display by Carrie Downer: "[. . .] Miss Downer next passed under the influence of Edgar A. Poe, and delivered two poems which were identical with Poe's style, but were of entirely new composition and considerable length. [. . . ]"
Selected items, in the form of originals or facsimiles, will be presented in a display by the Poe Society of Baltimore to document this colorful history during the BEYOND NEVERMORE event in March, 2012.
The Baltimore sun features 'beyond Nevermore'
January 29, 2012
On Friday January 27th, 2012, THE BALTIMORE SUN newspaper featured an article on the front page discussing POE FOREVERMORE which will take place at Westminster Hall (the burial place of Edgar Allan Poe) in downtown Baltimore on March 3rd and 4th, 2012. Chris Kaltenbach wrote the article which you can read by clicking on the link below!
Be sure to spread the word and 'like' it on Facebook or 'tweet' it on Twitter!
Get the full details about the event on our EVENTS page!
Vincent Price 18 x 24 inch Poster Now Available In Our Store!
December 31, 2011
Printed on high-quality, glossy poster stock, it measures 18" x 24" and is perfect for framing.
This rare, candid photo of the actor visiting Edgar Allan Poe's grave at the Westminster Burial Grounds was taken by Jeff Jerome, the curator of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, when Mr. Price was on tour with his one-man show Diversions and Delights, in 1977. Not seen for 34 years until it was published in the pages of the premiere issue of Monsterpalooza Magazine, readers began asking immediately if a poster could be made available--and now it is!
While in Baltimore on tour, Mr. Price stopped at Westminster Hall to pay his respects at Poe's grave, and paid a visit to the near-by Poe House and Museum. While at the Poe House, the veteran actor, known for his wonderful portrayals of Poe's heroes and villains in the AIP/Corman films, was quoted as saying, "This place gives me the creeps!"
Visit our STORE Page to order your poster today!
Season Ends At The Poe House
December 6, 2011
The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore will close for the season on Saturday, December 10th, 2011. Barring any unforeseen problems with the renovation and the budget situation the Poe House should be reopening in late March or early April. Exact date will be announced mid March. 2012.
But come back to this site regularly for news and updates on all things Poe-related--and we thank you and appreciate your continued support of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore!
December 6, 2011
As the Poe House and Museum closes for the season for repairs and maintenance, our thoughts turn toward the holiday season. Did you know that 2012 marks the Bicentennial Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens?
Long-time Poe House supporter and Poe Events producer Mark Redfield performs Charles Dickens' classic story A CHRISTMAS CAROL! Performing Scrooge and all the roles in this remarkable reading based on the very adaptation that Dickens' himself used for public readings, Redfield's performance is accompanied by incidental music by Bill Dickson.
Mark Redfield brings Scrooge and your favorite Dickens' characters to life in this delightful performance of "A Christmas Carol". This 1 hour performance is now available for download for just $4.99 at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/markredfield
Poe's Frightful Halloween!
POE’S FRIGHTFUL HALLOWEEN!
Continuous Live Entertainment!
All proceeds go to support THE POE HOUSE AND MUSEUM IN BALTIMORE!
Spotlight UB celebrates Halloween and all things spooky, with its third presentation of "Poe Night," an evening of readings from some of the Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works.
The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Lucy and Vernon Wright Performing Arts Theater in the University of Baltimore Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Avenue.
Renowned Baltimore actor, teacher, director and Poe impersonator Tony Tsendeas will perform Poe classics "The Raven," "The Telltale Heart" and "The Black Cat." Tsendeas has been performing as Poe for the Edgar Allen Poe Society and at Halloween performances at the Westminster Burial Ground (site of Poe's grave) for many years. Spotlight UB will ask the audience for donations for the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, located at 203 Amity St. in Baltimore.
When: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26, 2011 at 7PM
FOR MORE INFO VISIT UBALT.EDU
Proceeds To Support The Poe House!
THE DELIRIUM OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
Bedlam Ensemble presents The Delirium of Edgar Allen Poe, a theatrical experience dramatizing a selection of Poe’s writings including The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, Berenice and The Fall of the House of Usher.
The audience will enter a macabre customized space designed to illustrate his chilling compositions focusing on the most grotesque fragments of human behavior. The performances will intertwine Poe’s writings with live music from You Bred Raptors?, dance and poetry where the audience will be the driving force behind the events that unfold.
All profits will be donated to the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, in an effort to keep its doors open to the public.
Dates: Oct 28, 29, 30, Nov 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13.
150 West 28th Street, NYC 10001 between 6th/7th Avenues
LEBANESE TAVERNA RESTAURANT HOLDS FUNDRAISER FOR POE HOUSE IN BALTIMORE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011!
The Lebanese Taverna, located at 719 S. President Street in Baltimore, is having a Poe Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9pm to 1am with proceeds from a silent auction going directly to support the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore!
Many great items have been donated for the auction by area writers, artists, businesses and The Baltimore Ravens in an attempt to raise much needed funds to keep the doors of the Poe House open!
Come and enjoy great food in a great Baltimore restaurant and help the cause!
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9pm to 1am
What: Poe's Halloween Party at Lebanese Taverna. Silent auction, DJ and dancing and costume contest!
Where: Lebanese Taverna, 719 S. President Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. www.lebanesetaverna.com
Click the image to download the PDF Flyer!
BALTIMORE: MEET “THE RAVEN” DIRECTOR JAMES McTEIGUE AND STAR LUKE EVANS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 AT WESTMINSTER HALL!
Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, The Hobbit), star of Relativity Media’s highly-anticipated film The Raven and the film’s director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) to pay special honor at Baltimore’s Westminster Hall on the 162nd Anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe. Come on out on Friday and support The Poe House and Museum, and show your love for Poe!
On Friday, October 7th, 2011 Poe and film fans are invited at noon, promptly, on a first come, first admitted basis. Meet one of the stars and the director of The Raven and participate in a Question and Answer session about the up-coming film. A wreath-laying presentation at Poe’s grave will take place at 2:30pm.
Westminster Hall, where Edgar Allan Poe is buried, is located at 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. This event is free and open to the public. Limited space available, so arrive promptly at noon. First come, first admittance.
About The Raven: In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) 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). The Raven opens nationwide on March 9, 2012.
About Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar Allan Poe (19 January 1809 - 7 October, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and critic. Best known for his Gothic and horror stories and poems, Poe championed the short story as a literary form, contributed to the growing science fiction genre emerging in his day, and is the inventor of the modern "detective story" as we now know it. Poe lived a brief life of continued financial hardship sparked by flares of creative and critical success. Born in Boston to David and Elizabeth Poe, working actors, his father's disappearance and mother's premature death forced him into a pseudo-adoption by John Allan of Virginia, where he grew to consider himself a "Southern Gentleman" for the remainder of his life. As a student at West Point, poetry captured his fervent imagination, and he became a writer, winning his first monetary prize for his writing in Baltimore, Maryland. Shuttling between Richmond, Philadelphia and New York through-out his turbulent life, jumping between newspaper and magazine editorial jobs while gaining notoriety for his Gothic short stories, Baltimore became more of a home for him than other cities. His paternal grandfather and brother lived in Baltimore, and it was in Baltimore that he lived for many years with his Aunt, Maria Clemm, whom he considered more than anything else to be his "mother", and his child-bride, Virginia. It is in Baltimore that he died under mysterious circumstances in the autumn of 1849, and it is in Baltimore where he is buried, along-side Clemm and Virginia Poe.
OCTOBER 7 BENEFIT SHOW TO HELP RAISE FUNDS ON THE 162nd ANNIVERSARY OF POE’s DEATH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the second year in a row, the city of Baltimore has cut over $85,000 worth of funding for the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. The house, now facing closure, is a historic literary landmark where Poe lived and wrote in the mid-19th century. Long subsidized by city government, the home now survives only on reserve funds and donations and, without additional community support, is likely to close in June 2012. In an effort to raise awareness and donations for the struggling landmark, literature enthusiasts in neighboring Washington, D.C. have stepped forward, organizing a benefit concert this October 7, on the 162nd anniversary of Poe’s death.
Taking place at D.C.’s Velvet Lounge (915 U St. NW) the benefit features local acts Lenorable, Nunchucks, Dance for the Dying and LTW. Doors open at 9 p.m. and music starts at 9:30. Tickets are $8 with proceeds going directly to the Poe House. A raffle featuring generous donations from local eateries and bookstores will raise additional funds.
Our collective fascination with the unlucky writer persists today, as evidenced by the recently announced film project, “Raven”, starring John Cusack as Poe himself. In the years since his lifetime, we’ve seen countless projects influenced by Poe, from film to essays, music and literature. As one of America’s most iconic writers, buried in Baltimore and lending his name to numerous local businesses and cultural attractions, the potential loss of his home as an educational and cultural resource in the greater Baltimore-Washington area is an unfortunate possibility. Benefit organizers Kai Hsieh and Sharon McClintic hope the show will encourage city officials and area residents to take a stand against the closure and revive the Poe House with renewed funding and interest.
Location: Velvet Lounge (915 U St. SW, Washington, DC)
DANCE FOR THE DYING
The Creative Cauldron Presents 'NEVERMORE'! October 7th Show - Portion of Ticket Sales to Benefit The Poe House!
29 Sept 2011 | Posted by Admin
SPECIAL DEAL FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE BALTIMORE POE HOUSE
The show on FRIDAY OCTOBER 7TH AT 8:00PM ONLY
TICKETS ARE $20
$5.00 of the ticket price will go to support The Baltimore Poe House
Use the Promotion Code POE when purchasing tickets
Location: ArtSpace: 410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church,VA 22046
NEVERMORE runs from October 7-30, 2011
Calls regarding this event should be directed to the ArtSpace in Falls Church at Phone: (571) 239-5288 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seating is limited and this will be sold out! Don't delay or wait to the
Music by MATT CONNER
Take a dark and mysterious journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. This imaginative musical uses Poe's poetry and short stories as its base and his shifting obsession with the women in his life as its catalyst. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, Nevermore breathes new life into Poe's work and explores a twisted true-life tale that is as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre. Nevermore premiered at Signature Theater in 2006 to critical acclaim and sold out houses. Peter Marks of The Washington Post hailed the piece for its “romantic music, ablaze with feeling.”
FOR the Friday October 7, 2011 show at 8pm only $5.00 OF YOUR TICKET PRICE WILL GO BACK TO THE POE HOUSE BY ENTERING THE PROMOTION CODE - POE
Visit the Creative Cauldron's website at www.creativecauldron.org
Mark Redfield, longtime supporter and producer of events for the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, is publishing Monsterpalooza Magazine!
29 Sept 2011 | Posted by Admin
Lovers of Poe and horror, fantasy and science fiction will adore this new professional 'zine! order now and get the premiere issue!
Monsterpalooza Magazine brings you the best of classic and modern horror, fantasy and science fiction, in film, literature, media, art, illustration, make-up and sculpture, in it's glossy print pages.
Poe House benefit concert set for Washington!
20 Sept 2011 | Posted by Admin
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
A quartet of Washington-area bands is planning an Oct. 7 concert to benefit Baltimore's beleaguered Poe House.
The concert, set for the 162nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's death, will feature the bands Lenorable, Nunchucks, Dance for the Dying and Lions & Tigers & Whales. It is being by organized by Washington-area fans of the famed poet and master of suspense.
"When I heard about the funding problems at the Poe House, I immediately went into action mode," said Kai Hsieh, one of the concert's organizers, who describes herself as a frequent visitor to the house. On a recent drive through Baltimore, she and a friend noted the many Poe influences scattered around the city — including the NFL football team named for one of his poems — "and we certainly don't want the Poe House closed down, especially with all Poe has influenced," Hsieh said.
The Poe House and Museum, in which Poe lived for several years with his aunt and in which he met his young cousin and future wife, Virginia, has had its city funding cut and could close next year if an alternate source of money is not found. Baltimore City recently approved a study to look at ways of turning the house into a self-sustaining museum and cultural institution.
Poe died in 1849 after being found wandering the streets of Baltimore, disheveled and wearing someone else's clothes.
The concert takes place at Washington's Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. Tickets are $8, with the music set to begin at 9:30 p.m. Information: velvetloungedc.com
VINCENT PRICE VISITS POE'S GRAVE!
28 May 2011 | Posted by Admin
Baltimore Poe House Museum curator Jeff Jerome recently came across some photos of Vincent Price visiting Poe's grave at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, MD back in 1977!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCENT PRICE!
27 May 2011 | Posted by Admin
The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore's Tribute to Vincent Price
Written by Max Berring. Edited by Sean Paul Murphy. Narrated by Mark Redfield.
This video was created to honor the Centennial of Mr. Price's birth, and was shown at the 2011 Birthday event in January, at Westminster Hall.
3RD ANNUAL THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO WINE TASTING AMONG THE BONES
March 5, 2011 | Posted by Admin
Join us on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from noon to 4PM at Westminster Hall in Baltimore of our 3rd Annual CASK OF AMONTILLADO WINE TASTING AMOUNG THE BONES!
CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT through-out the day while you sample great wines from WOODHALL WINE CELLARS! Also returning this year is Baltimore’s popular RAVEN BEER!
LEARN ABOUT THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WINES! The ever-popular LAURIE FORSTER, THE WINE COACH returns to give a spirited talk on wines, and Poe House favorites DAVID KELTZ and TONY TSENDEAS will be LIVE performing selections from Poe’s poems and stories!
THE DROP THREE COMEDY IMPROV TROUPE will be presented for the first time at this event, performing multiple times through-out the day. DROP THREE plucks THE RAVEN, drains A KEG OF ARMADILLOES, and patently parodies Poe with love and laughter!
BRING YOUR CAMERA and have your picture taken with POE, or with your host MONTRESSOR, with YOU dressed as FORTUNATO, or BOTH!
MARK REDFIELD will be showing new POE-INSPIRED ART with new drawings, cartoons and painting for sale! And rounding out the festival atmosphere will be a return engagement of SADIRA, brought back by popular demand because YOU asked for her, with her exciting display of ORIENTAL DANSI—it’s educational AND entertaining! SADIRA will also offering fortune-telling sessions, along with THE MYSTERIOUS MYKITA, who see’s all and tells all!
DATE AND TICKET INFO: Saturday, March 12th, Noon to 4PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for “designated drivers”, at the door. Cash and checks accepted. Sorry we CANNOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. Admission includes 3 wine samples and all entertainment. Additional wine samples may be purchased. Children under 12 not admitted.
Come for the wine and the friends! Stay all day for the entertainment!
MAT JOHNSON PENS NEW NOVEL ‘PYM’, AFTER POE
March 5, 2011 | Posted by Admin
In PYM (On Sale March 1, 2011), recently canned professor of American literature Chris Jaynes is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe’s strange and only novel,The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. When Jaynes discovers an old manuscript of a memoir that seems to confirm the reality of Poe’s fiction, he conspires to get to Antarctica, the setting for Poe's book, in hopes of discovering Tsalal, the remote and mythic land of pure and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror. Jaynes imagines it to be the last untouched bastion of the African Diaspora and the key to his personal salvation.
For his expedition, Jaynes convenes an all-black crew – some members are going to the South Pole in search of adventure, some for natural resources to exploit, and, for Jaynes at least, the mythical world of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. But soon, he and his fellow adventurers find themselves unable to make contact with the rest of the world and enslaved by the giant white ice creatures that also appear in Poe's Narrative. With little but the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring tale, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack cakes, Jaynes embarks on an expedition under the permafrost of Antarctica, beneath the surface of American history, and behind one of literature’s great mysteries.
A riveting adventure novel and a cutting, insightful meditation on race, literature, and obsession, PYM is sure to be one of the most inventive and engaging novels of 2011.
“Social criticism rubs shoulders with cutting satire in this high-concept adventure…[Pym] is caustically hilarious as it offers a memorable take on America's ‘racial pathology’ and ‘the whole ugly story of our world.’” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An acutely humorous, very original story that will delight lovers of literature and fantasy alike.”—Kirkus, starred review
“[A] romp that surprises on every page. Funny, insightful, racially important, Pym is a death-defying adventure and a probing examination of notions of race, even at the farthest ends of the earth.” – Booklist
“You can trust the veracity of this account: Pym is a spectacularly sly and nimble-footed send-up of this world, the next world, and all points in between. A satire with heart, as courageous as it is cunning.” —Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor
“Johnson's new novel is nothing short of fantastic, in every sense. I fell in love with the voice, the tone and the world of Pym. This is an adventure novel, a work of historical and social commentary, a rumination on identity. The only problem I could find with this novel is that I didn't write it. It's a beautiful piece of work.” —Percival Everett, author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier
“Johnson has come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and he's all out of bubble gum. Pym is an adventure, a satire, and a bracing political debate all rolled into one brilliant novel. Edgar Allen Poe has inspired many authors but Mat Johnson has the inspired audacity to both honor and discredit the man, often in the same sentence. I imagine Poe choking on half the things Johnson writes in this novel, and tipping his tiny hat in admiration to the rest.” —Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine
“Johnson writes with all the probing intelligence of James Baldwin, the scalding satire of Dany Laferriere and the technique of a master craftsman, all of which make him one of the most exciting, important and gifted writers of his generation. Pym is a moving and accomplished novel.” —Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and the Virgin of Flames
“Pym reframes far more than Poe – it reframes everything American,from the whiteness of Ahab’s whale to Detroit bus drivers; from DNA testing to tenure review; from the Gatsbyesque dream of romantic love to the dream of Utopia; from our fear of life to our love of death. No one today writes inside the brilliant black mind better.” —Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone and Rebel Yell
‘POE’ DETECTIVE SERIES COMING TO TV?
March 5, 2011 | Posted by Admin
The Raven, a new thriller starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, recently wrapped shooting in Europe.
Jumping on the Poe-as-detective bandwagon, ABC recently announce that they’re developing a TV pilot called Poe, a fictional crime procedural set in Boston that follows Eddie as he takes a bite out of crime and brings the wicked to justice. It seems that period mystery and adventure is all the rage, with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey, Jr. coming to theaters next year, and the small screen developing a new series about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini doing the detective thing, and CBS looking to re-launch The Wild, Wild, West.
Ryan Phillippe is being courted to star in ABC-TV’s proposed Poe pilot.
SAVE THE POE HOUSE IN BALTIMORE
February 4, 2011 | Posted by Mark Redfield
Dear Friend of Poe and The Poe House,
On Monday, February 7, 2011, we will have a PETITION that we ask that you sign and pass along to your friends who care about keeping The Poe House and Museum open in Baltimore.
More news coming! Watch this website for updated, accurate information regarding the closing of the Poe House by Baltimore City.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: CLOSING THE POE HOUSE IN BALTIMORE
February 4, 2011 | Posted by Admin
The Associated Press has a story today on the closing of the Poe House, written by Ben Nuckols.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore cut funding for the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, one of the strongest links between the literary icon and the city that claims him as its own.
The Poe House must become self-sustaining by the middle of next year or it will close, curator Jeff Jerome and city officials said Friday.
You can read the rest of the story at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-poe-house-funding,0,2353983.story
BALTIMORE SUN: POE HOUSE COULD CLOSE WITHOUT FUNDING
February 4, 2011 | Posted by ADMIN
Today, The Baltimore Sun reported on the closing of the Poe House, written by Chris Kaltenbach.
For Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House to remain open, officials there have 17 months to find a way to operate the museum without city money. But its long-time curator said yesterday that he's not confident that deadline can be met.
You can read the article at http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bs-ae-poe-funding-20110204,0,5892553.story