Monday, June 29, 2009

Poe Sandcastles?

It's always interesting to see how people are celebrating the Bicentennial year... If you find an interesting story to share, please let me know!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Richard Masloski-- Poe Sculptor

Richard Masloski is a professional sculptor. Here are two photos of his limited edition bronze bust of Edgar Poe. The piece measures 20" x 14" x 12" and is mounted on a two-tiered black walnut base with brass title plate. More information regarding the sculpture can be found on my website at for anyone interested.

Did you know... one of Richard's busts was used as desk set-dressing in the as-of-yet unreleased Alec Baldwin directed and starred in film "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Anthony Hopkins co-starred.

Ed the Philly Poe Guy

> If you are in the Philadelphia area, I would love to see you at Philly's first Haunted Poe Cabaret. I've been working with Brat Productions for the last year or so, crafting a unique dramatic experience that will debut in October this year: Haunted Poe. To help promote the show, we're having an event at the Latvian Society Cultural Center at 7th and Spring Garden Sts (right across the street from the Philly Poe House) on Thursday, June 25. Doors open at 8. Performance begins at 9.
> The Haunted Poe Cabaret: Murder Ballads, Shanties and Other Poe-etics
> As a prelude to the world premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe-based production HAUNTED POE (October 1 - November 1, 2009), Brat Productions invites audiences to enter the world of the master of the macabre with a thrilling, chilling evening of entertainment. Mistress of Ceremonies Dame Darcy helms a raft of performers that include Drew Mills (Blood Feathers), Helen McKenna-Uff (Poe impersonator and Ranger at the Edgar Allan Poe House), Fern Knight, Calamity Rose (12-year-old puppeteer from Puppet Uprising), Yellow Humphrey, and a sneak preview of the much-anticipated HAUNTED POE.
> I'll also be on hand to tell the Philly Poe story. I hope to see many of you there. Info and tickets here:
> And there's also a cool Haunted Poe Doll Crafting Workshop during the day from 1-3, also hosted by Dame Darcy. More info here:
> And don't forget to sign up for the Haunted Poe mailing list:
> Wishing you a fun (and macabre) Poe Bicentennial Year,
> Ed Pettit
> The Philly Poe Guy

> Ed & Edgar, my adventures in the Cult of Poe and other literary endeavours

Poe at

> Smithsonian Magazine on Edgar Allan Poe:

Online Conference Registration!

Please note that the on-line registration is now available at

Please note, as well, that you need to contact the Hyatt Penn's Landing directly to reserve rooms. Please be sure to mention the conference for the conference rate. If you go to the conference web site, the link to the hotel web site is available; see

Monday, June 15, 2009

Book Sale at PSA Conference

Due to financial constraints, Scholars Choice cannot participate in our conference. Nonetheless, we would still like to have a book sales table, but we need your help.

Please email your recent (2006-present) book titles with publishers to Loretta Yenser at

We will make arrangements to sell your Poe-related book at the conference; of course, we would appreciate any leg-work you might be able to do with your publisher to help us with this task.

We will stop taking information from your emails on July 10.

We are hoping that a local bookstore like Robin's Books may want to "man the table." Thanks so much for your help with this. Barbara

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Has Anyone Seen This Film?

The latest Poe film came out last year and I'm wondering if anyone has seen it... if so, please comment!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Goth Query

This isn't exactly a Poe question, but I thought it might interest some of the same audience:

Does anyone know of a good article or book chapter on gothic (but not "horror") film that might be used as a general introduction to the genre?

I'm thinking of films in the terror/thriller/psychological drama categories--Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, David Cronenberg,etc.--rather than monster/slasher variety. There seems to be lots of film criticism on "horror", and plenty on individual "thriller" directors (like Hitchcock), but I'm really looking for something more broad that will tie the gothic literary and film traditions together for a graduate seminar next year.

Thanks for any suggestions.

John Edward Martin
Louisiana Tech University