The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

YouTube Video: Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King in Epic Rap Battles of History

After how many years of doing this and watching YouTube, I have finally found that I can post YouTube videos here. I hope to be using them for a lot of my Saturday Night Specials. These will be a lot easier for me to post than writing an article or copying and pasting a story. … Continue reading YouTube Video: Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King in Epic Rap Battles of History

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

The Saturday Night Special: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

It was many and many a year ago,    In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know    By the name of Annabel Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought    Than to love and be loved by me. I was a child and she was a child, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Conquerer Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

              Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. Mimes, in the form of … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Conquerer Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

And the will therein lieth, which dieth not. Who knoweth the mysteries of the will, with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness. Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. - … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe (1850)

I. Hear the sledges with the bells-- Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night! While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe (1850)

The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

And the will therein lieth, which dieth not. Who knoweth the mysteries of the will, with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness. Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will. - … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ligeia” by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Conquerer Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

              Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. Mimes, in the form of … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Conquerer Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

The Saturday Night Special: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

It was many and many a year ago,    In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know    By the name of Annabel Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought    Than to love and be loved by me. I was a child and she was a child, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” by E.A. Poe (1845)

OF course I shall not pretend to consider it any matter for wonder, that the extraordinary case of M. Valdemar has excited discussion. It would have been a miracle had it not — especially under the circumstances. Through the desire of all parties concerned, to keep the affair from the public, at least for the … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” by E.A. Poe (1845)

The Dark Language

As I was preparing to go to the local theatre this evening, I was thinking about how I can improve my writing and what distinguishes the great writers of horror.  Of course, the first two that came into my mind as being easily discernible from all others were Poe and Lovecraft.  Obviously, what distinguishes them is their … Continue reading The Dark Language

Guest Blog: ‘The Raven’ – Nevermore

Guest Blog: 'The Raven' - Nevermore. Interesting article, though I tend to disagree with his descriptions of what was going through Poe's mind when he wrote this.  Though I am not a skeptic, I tend to be skeptical when someone tells me in effect "yes, that is what he says, but this is what he … Continue reading Guest Blog: ‘The Raven’ – Nevermore

Just a few quick thoughts…

I was just sitting here trying to choose one of my many first drafts to work on for tonight, when I started thinking about the different "approaches" (for lack of a better term at the moment) to horror.  By "approaches" I mean a very brief synopsis of a writer's general outlook on or method of writing horror.    Maybe a … Continue reading Just a few quick thoughts…

Excellent Discussion of Horror History at HWA

I happened across an excellent roundtable on Horror History 101 at the Horror Writer's Association (http://horror.org/horror-roundtable-16-horror-history-101/) today while at lunch.  Check it out.  It has a great panel of experts and a wide-ranging discussion of the great horror writers of the past from the beginning of horror with Horace Walpole up to Lovecraft and more.

Horror at Project Gutenberg

If you are an avid reader (of anything) and are not familiar with Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page), you are doing yourself a great disservice. As they state on their homepage: "Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: … Continue reading Horror at Project Gutenberg