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Upon visiting Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to tour a home once inhabited by Edgar Allen Poe. Supposedly, it was the inspiration for the short story, The Black Cat, which is contained within Pages 37 - 46.

 

The Black Cat is typical Poe, of course, with personal demons and tortured souls abound. To actually walk upon the stairs, as described in the story, and stand in the alcove in the basement wall, that Poe imagined with the corpse contained inside, was an absolute thrill for me. It was a glimpse into genius.

 

With all this talk of black cats, I offer up this, one of my personal favorites, to share.

 

Jevne

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Upon visiting Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to tour a home once inhabited by Edgar Allen Poe. Supposedly, it was the inspiration for the short story, The Black Cat, which is contained within Pages 37 - 46.

 

The Black Cat is typical Poe, of course, with personal demons and tortured souls abound. To actually walk upon the stairs, as described in the story, and stand in the alcove in the basement wall, that Poe imagined with the corpse contained inside, was an absolute thrill for me. It was a glimpse into genius.

 

With all this talk of black cats, I offer up this, one of my personal favorites, to share.

 

Jevne

 

Wow, J., what a story!

thx for sharing.

won't be able to sleep now, though, lol!

Kind regs,

Heks

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Upon visiting Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to tour a home once inhabited by Edgar Allen Poe. Supposedly, it was the inspiration for the short story, The Black Cat, which is contained within Pages 37 - 46.

 

The Black Cat is typical Poe, of course, with personal demons and tortured souls abound. To actually walk upon the stairs, as described in the story, and stand in the alcove in the basement wall, that Poe imagined with the corpse contained inside, was an absolute thrill for me. It was a glimpse into genius.

 

With all this talk of black cats, I offer up this, one of my personal favorites, to share.

 

Jevne

 

I've not done much looking into Poe but I just remember part of The Raven being used in The Crow and it was really spine chilling but in a good way. Perhaps because Poe is so dark and during that movie Brandon Lee passed away. (Completely off topic I know).

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Upon visiting Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to tour a home once inhabited by Edgar Allen Poe. Supposedly, it was the inspiration for the short story, The Black Cat, which is contained within Pages 37 - 46.

 

 

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I love Poe, what a twisted genius. I'm especially fond of The Raven.

Jevne, was this the house in Philadelphia, on 7th street? Many years ago, I used to work just a few blocks from there (9th street).

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I love Poe, what a twisted genius. I'm especially fond of The Raven.

Jevne, was this the house in Philadelphia, on 7th street? Many years ago, I used to work just a few blocks from there (9th street).

 

Yes, I believe so, though I do not recall the exact location. My colleagues thought I was crazy, cause I walked the 10+ blocks by myself. I was bound and determined to visit one of Poe's former homes, and I didn't give a shit if anyone else wanted to go or not. ;)

 

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Yes, I believe so, though I do not recall the exact location. My colleagues thought I was crazy, cause I walked the 10+ blocks by myself. I was bound and determined to visit one of Poe's former homes, and I didn't give a shit if anyone else wanted to go or not. ;)

 

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Right on! That's why we love ya sooooo! I would have done it too. I loved Poe as a teenager, The Telltale Heart was my first taste and have been a huge fan ever since.

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I've always been a huge Poe fan. I read The Raven when I was in 2nd grade. And was hooked. A couple of years ago I visited the Poe museum in Richmond VA and it was a house he lived in for years. Not the greatest part of the city at this point (dont want to be alone in that area at night). But you could really feel the energy of the place. The streets and sidewalk were still brick and cobblestone. It was a very heavy "darkish" magical feeling.

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Yes, I believe so, though I do not recall the exact location. My colleagues thought I was crazy, cause I walked the 10+ blocks by myself. I was bound and determined to visit one of Poe's former homes, and I didn't give a shit if anyone else wanted to go or not. ;)

 

J

 

Actually, your colleagues had a point. :ermm: It's not the best neighborhood. The local crack addicts used to break into our cars all the time for loose change and whatever else they could find, to pay for their next fix. Unfortunately, the employees (it was an electronic service shop) weren't allowed to use the tiny parking lot - mgmt only- , so we had to park out on the street.

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Actually, your colleagues had a point. :ermm: It's not the best neighborhood. The local crack addicts used to break into our cars all the time for loose change and whatever else they could find, to pay for their next fix. Unfortunately, the employees (it was an electronic service shop) weren't allowed to use the tiny parking lot - mgmt only- , so we had to park out on the street.

 

To semi-quote "The Mummy", at times, I have more "balls, than brains".

 

J

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This is very on-trend for me Jevne, as I am just about to start directing "The Fall of the House of Usher". (The Berkoff version)

I am still in the planning stages but so far I have decided to stage the whole play by candlelight. Any more Poe anecdotes or links that might help my research would be very welcome.

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I have decided to stage the whole play by candlelight.

 

How apropos! Not only providing the eerie ambiance for the story but the fact that Poe undoubtedly wrote by candlelight ... or firelight. If I recall correctly, he was mostly penniless and at one point, even had to burn his furniture for heat.

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How apropos! Not only providing the eerie ambiance for the story but the fact that Poe undoubtedly wrote by candlelight ... or firelight. If I recall correctly, he was mostly penniless and at one point, even had to burn his furniture for heat.

 

The penniless part was obvious from the look and feel of the home I visited, which was only one of those he lived in. I believe it was allowed to remain in a condition somewhat akin to what it was the day that Poe left it.

 

I also recall the host saying something about Poe working by candlelight, which I imagine was very difficult, considering that he had extremely neat handwriting with beautifully formed letters.

 

Not the same place I visited, but I like this The Poe Museum

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