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 raven… » 4/13/14 12:30pm 4/13/14 12:30pm

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 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 all … » 1/27/13 1:00pm 1/27/13 1:00pm

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

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

Why Jeffrey Combs is our ultimate avatar of sexy weirdness

You're already a fan of Jeffrey Combs. Maybe you've seen him play a slew of all-too-human aliens on Star Trek, maybe you've watched him go too far in Re-Animator. But we bet you haven't seen all his great genre roles. » 10/05/10 5:30pm 10/05/10 5:30pm

Edgar Allan Poe's Own Balloon Hoax May Have Inspired Jules Verne

Many were shocked when it was revealed that Falcon Heene's fictitious balloon ride was nothing more than a fame-grabbing hoax, but this is hardly the first time that a fake tale of a high-flying balloon captured people's imaginations. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a detailed piece about famed balloonist Monck Mason's… » 10/20/09 4:27pm 10/20/09 4:27pm