Image via WikipediaI have always enjoyed reading. Over the years, I have gone through various phases where I read many different authors and styles of books. In my youth, my favorite author was Edgar Allan Poe. I used to love the classic horror films. I became hooked on Poe when I saw Vincent Price appear in "The Black Cat."
Poe is best known for his short stories and his poem "The Raven," which is where the Baltimore Ravens got their nickname. Poe's stories were all very dark and he became known as the Master of the Macabre. His better known stories were "The Black Cat" and "The Tell Tale Heart," but my favorite may have been "The Cask of Amontillado," a tale where the main character lures his foe who publicly ridiculed him in some catacombs to sample a rare sherry. As his foe gets drunk, he buries him alive by building a brick wall to prevent his escape.
2009 marks the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. He died in Baltimore at the age of 40 on October 7, 1849. His funeral was attended by a mere 10 people. Poe did not receive acclaim for his works until after his death. Today, to celebrate his life, and to give him a funeral worthy of one of America's greatest writers, there was a funeral complete with a replica Poe in a casket and a funeral procession. RIP Edgar.