Happy Birthday, Edgar Allen Poe
Tor has a nice summary of the man’s accomplishments and influence here – including the fascinating tidbit that there is a Japanese writer who calls himself Edogawa Rampo (say it out loud.)
You can download ALL of Poe’s works at the truly brilliant Open Culture.
You can listen to Christopher Walken reading Poe’s “The Raven” here. It sounds an awful lot like you would expect:
Once … upon a midnight dreary while I PONDERED!! weak … and … weary!
Perhaps you’d prefer actor and occasional heavy metal singer Christopher Lee:
Or James Earl Jones from The Simpsons Hallowe’en episode (click on the picture):
Or you could mark Poe’s birthday by watching Roger Corman’s House of Usher:
Or if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, the John Cusack film The Raven.