How Did Edgar Allan Poe Manage To Describe The Big Bang In 1848?

They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem "Eureka" in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single "primordial particle" that exploded outwards in "one instantaneous flash." But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something. » 1/28/15 7:00pm 1/28/15 7:00pm

Major Landmarks In The History Of Dark Fantasy

Dark fantasy is more popular than ever. Game of Thrones is rocking our TV sets. Tons of authors have moved to the genre. We're obsessed with bloody tales of morally gray people and supernatural forces. But where does dark fantasy come from? And how did it become so huge? Here's a brief history of dark fantasy's… » 4/25/14 1:05pm 4/25/14 1:05pm

Boston's New Edgar Allan Poe Statue Is Going to Be Epic

This is a clay model of the final design for the life-size statue of Edgar Allan Poe that will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at 2pm, at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South in Boston, which is also named "Edgar Allan Poe Square." It's got Poe with his coat flapping in the wind, a suitcase, and… » 4/13/14 12:30pm 4/13/14 12:30pm

When Edgar Allan Poe offered Americans interior design advice

While we might picture Edgar Allan Poe hunched over his writing desk in a drafty, sparsely furnished home, the famed horror writer actually had quite specific tastes when it came to interior design. And he believed that Americans simply did not know how to furnish a room. » 2/20/14 1:20pm 2/20/14 1:20pm

Crowdfund the reprinted adventures of Canada's first superheroine

This week, we have a few groups of people looking to bring historic works of art to a modern audience. There are the reprinted adventures of Nelvana, a superheroine from Canada's Golden Age, a publication of 19th-century illustrations for Poe's "The Raven," and a documentary about a famed Victorian taxidermist. » 10/13/13 12:00pm 10/13/13 12:00pm

7 Scifi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed

The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. » 8/18/13 7:00am 8/18/13 7:00am

The cow that proves you can't be right accidentally

Two scientists hold two different beliefs. Both are supported by the available data, but when new information comes in, one scientist is shown to really know what happened, while the other just guessed. But is that knowledge? A theoretical cow says no. » 7/19/13 7:20am 7/19/13 7:20am

The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse: Early Tales of Comets Destroying…

In the Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse, I've been drawing short comics about very early apocalyptic fiction. So far, I've covered stories about plagues and the dying Earth, and this week, we're looking above, to some 19th-century tales in which comets threaten to destroy human civilization—and sometimes extinguish… » 1/27/13 1:00pm 1/27/13 1:00pm

This mystery writers' prank would make an incredible sociological…

There's an old joke that has been making the rounds for hundreds of years. It has been ascribed to heads of state, heads of the church, Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It would make an unconscionable experiment. And I want it to happen. Do you dare discover it? » 12/30/12 6:00am 12/30/12 6:00am

Face-melting illustrations of Poe's terrifying tales from a 1969…

What do you get when you mix horror writer Edgar Allan Poe with a Japanese shōnen manga magazine from 1969? One issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine featured a series of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of terror, pairing them with these rich and appropriately bizarre illustrations. » 11/24/12 2:00pm 11/24/12 2:00pm

Illustrations that made Edgar Allan Poe's stories even more horrifying

In 1919, everyone wanted a copy of the deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but not because it was bound in vellum with real gold lettering. It was because of these grim and gorgeous illustrations by Harry Clarke, which added an extra dose of horror to Poe's already terrifying tales. » 5/05/12 1:30pm 5/05/12 1:30pm

Scifi and fantasy characters shed their skin for the Day of the Dead

Now that Pixar has announced its Dia de los Muertos film, everyone is getting into the calavera spirit, stripping down to their ornately decorated skeletons. See Smurfs and superheroes bare their skulls and flash their marigold eyes. » 4/29/12 7:00am 4/29/12 7:00am

John Cusack's Raven is Weak and Weary

We wanted to like John Cusack's spin on Edgar Allan Poe as a sexy drunk crime-fighter. We desperately wanted this "Saw for people who've passed High School English" movie to reawaken our love for dark eyeliner and graveyard make-out sessions. Basically, we just wanted Goth back! » 4/27/12 4:18pm 4/27/12 4:18pm

John Cusack explains why Edgar Allan Poe created everything you love

Before there was black eyeliner-ed youths rocking out to death rock, there was Edgar Allan Poe, the Godfather of Goth. But John Cusack — who plays the thirsty scribe in his wild horror flick The Raven — wants you to know that this angry (and very broke) poet is responsible for so much more. Everyone stole from Poe.… » 4/24/12 3:02pm 4/24/12 3:02pm

Edgar Allan Poe goes Saw in 4 bloody clips from The Raven

Watch John Cusack get super pissed as a sexy crime solving version of famed dark poet Edgar Allan Poe in his new old timey horror film, The Raven. Watch the The Pit and the Pendulum get turned into some sort of wacky Saw contraption, as one poor soul begs for his life. » 4/16/12 1:20pm 4/16/12 1:20pm

New trailer for The Raven makes us wonder, just how sexy was Edgar…

John Cusack is channeling every last bit of sexy right into playing Edgar Allan Poe, in this dark trailer for The Raven. We're all for angsty hipster Cusack, but how is this 1800s facial hair and dark attitude working for you? Hot enough to get his on-screen squeeze, Alice Eve? » 2/27/12 2:40pm 2/27/12 2:40pm

Historical poets gone wild? Watch Edgar Allan Poe unleash hell in The…

The first trailer for The Raven is out, showing off John Cusack as the goateed poet who's tracking down a serial killer (with the cops) who's leaving pieces of his stories as clues. Think of it as old timey Castle, but with half the Fillion charisma! » 10/07/11 9:53am 10/07/11 9:53am

John Cusack's new movie The Raven will be Seven with Edgar Allan Poe

John Cusack steps into the shoes (and moustache) of Edgar Allan Poe, in the ahistorical murder mystery The Raven. Director James McTeigue says the movie will be like Seven, with a series of grisly killings based on Poe's tales. » 7/22/11 3:30pm 7/22/11 3:30pm

What we're dying to see from ABC's Edgar Allan Poe crime procedural TV…

ABC has greenlit a historical cop show starring Edgar Allan Poe, world-famous poet and pioneer of science fiction and horror, as the world's first detective. It will be set during the 1840s in Boston. Here's what the show must include. » 1/27/11 4:17pm 1/27/11 4:17pm

Q (aka John De Lancie) reads Poe's "The Raven"

Here's your exclusive first look at a new Halloween treat from Quantum Mechanix. The collectables company got John De Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation) to read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Prepare to be chilled! » 10/28/10 5:30pm 10/28/10 5:30pm