Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A to Z Challenge: My Favorite Storytellers-- P

The letter P might have been the easiest letter to chose for me, because it features a man who did two things for me:

1. Was the very first man who helped me develop my rapid love of reading (and created the believe that genre fiction can have an immense amount of literary merit)
2. Is among the ranks of Shelley and Hunter S. Thompson for forever instilling the image of the drunk writer in our collective unconscious.

And that man is...

Edgar Allen Poe

I don't have to say much about Poe, because I would venture to say that most people did not escape their K-12 schooling without reading Poe. Brilliant, maudlin, and tortured, the man is a staple of our literary canon.

Disagree? Well, then, I ask you this: Why else would John Cusack be playing him in an upcoming film that I can't wait to love to hate?


  1. Hello, Shauna! I love re-reading Poe stories around Halloween! Poe was one of those authors whose stories could always capture a kid's interest even in school (especially if you had an awesome teacher presenting the material). I'm looking forward to the movie!

    Have a great week and happy A to Z!!

  2. Hi Shauna,
    I'm glad to know that a Poe movie is coming out. Love John Cusack!

  3. Shauna: I adore Poe and have wonderful memories of reading him in school. And listening to his tales as recorded by Vincent Price (the Pit and the Pendulum!) I am SO going to see this movie!

  4. John Cusack should really do the movie justice! He's a really great actor- and so cute!

    I'd like to see the movie! I'll check it out.

    Good one for "P"

  5. He's a bit dark, but I do love Poe:)
    Happy A-Zing!