above: A sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe by Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio.
Few historic figures conjure up the macabre as well as the 19th century author, poet and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe. A heavy drinker, Poe was preoccupied with death, decomposition and premature burial (possibly because of his wife’s early demise) and is best known for his Gothic style of fiction. Tim Burton and Edward Gorey are a just two of the well known personalities whose work is inspired by The Master of the Macabre. (more…)