Why Poe?

What is it about Edgar Allan Poe? A writer of morbid poems and tales of terror who died 170 years ago, Poe stands today virtually without equal in the canon of American literature. Only Mark Twain and perhaps Ernest Hemingway can lay claim to anything like a similar stature in both critical opinion and popularity. Why should he be so central to our imagination now, in the 21st century?

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Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery: H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was born one hundred and twenty-eight years ago today and when it comes to the Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery, he is truly a Great Old One. The two co-founders of sword and sorcery fiction both considered HPL to be possibly the greatest living writer and all of the First Generation S&S authors were part of the Lovecraft Circle. All of them.

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"I Dream in Fire But Work in Clay" - Arthur Machen

“There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.” 

“I dream in fire but work in clay.” -- Arthur Machen

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