Sunday, October 10, 2010

Let's start a week of Poe!

Edgar Allan Poe is all things Halloween and very American.

He also invented the detective story. It's true! "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is considered the first "detective" story (although there are cryptologic aspects to "The Gold Bug".)

With that in mind, I find it somewhat fitting that Basil Rathbone, a man who owes his career to detective stories, should read one of Poe's more lyrical tales, The Masque of the Red Death.

Now, my copy isn't all Basil like that, but I've got Gabriel Byrne, and he played the devil once.

Ooooo, William S. Burroughs. You know, I used to have a copy of that video game.

1 comment:

Tohoscope said...

Poe is as American as writers who drink themselves to death. Salut!