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October 21, 2011


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Poe's Death List

Fri Oct 21, 2011, 8:04 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

Foreword by techgnotic
Fri Oct 21, 2011, 8:23 PM

As Halloween approaches, what better way to celebrate the season when the spectral
boundaries of the Kingdom of the Spirits of the Dead touch briefly with the mystical
edges of the Domain of We the Living than to invoke the battered and hellishly bedeviled
soul of Edgar Allan Poe to guide us in communication between (his) ghostly and (our)
ghastly planes of existence.

Poe invented the “detective” story and was an early father of “sci-fi”, and he was also an
extraordinary poet, but he is best known for his Gothic tales of mystery and abject horror –
nearly all of them anchored in the apprehension of an impending cruel and unnatural death.

Poe had an inventive genius like no other in his imaginings of all the unfortunate ways
one might leave this realm. Adding in his paranoia over his own mortality stoked his stories
to a fevered pitch. His was, in the 1840s, the voice of the emerging modern American, fearful
of the on-rushing future, while struggling to escape the pull of the superstitious past, and
by that struggle driven into a state of neurotic forebodings often crossing over into insanity.
It is ironic and fitting that the master of fearful ruminations of ugly deaths should himself
die a death shrouded in mystery, succumbing, at only age 40, to the symptoms of rabies (the
current best theory), possibly from the bite of one of his own beloved cats.

Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Art

Let us celebrate our beloved Poe and all things disturbing with these inventive
and horrifically evocative works of art inspired by the deathly imagination of the master himself.

WWPD - What Would Poe Do?

Only the most fearful, fiendish and uncanny deviations on deviantART can do justice to illustrating the diabolical death dramas hatched in the fevered mind of Edgar Allan Poe that still haunt us generation after generation.  Just to make this all the more terrifying, marioluevanos and I would love for a devilish detachment of deviants to pick only the most exquisitely terrifying deviations from the entire dA website that are fitting visual explications for the appropriate Poe “death categories”.  Just find the perfect deviant artwork(s) for your favorite Poe story or stories, and let us know which matching “death box” your choice(s) should be displayed in.  We will then post the deviations to this article in each category leading up to Halloween.

Death by Treacherous Bird or Beast “The Black Cat”, “The Raven”


Poe's Raven
by Carsis


Shrieking Rabbits
by tinfinger

Death by Torture Device “The Pit and the Pendulum”

Death by Cataleptic Interment (Buried Alive) “The Premature Burial” “Ligeia”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Death by Contagious Epidemic Disease “The Masque of the Red Death”

Death by Nature’s Furies (Drowning) “The Descent into the Maelstrom”

Death by Vengeful Dwarf (Burned Alive) “Hop-Frog”

Death by Hypnosis (Conscious in Coma) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”

Death by Guilt and Paranoia “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Imp of the Perverse”

Death by Suffocation “Loss of Breath”

Death by Immurement (Walled Up) “The Cask of Amontillado”

Death by Revolutionary Mob “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”

Death by Artistic Obsession (Soul Possession) “The Oval Portrait”

Edgar Allan Poe Portraits

Question For The Reader

marioluevanos and I would like to know, what scares you the most?







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ChoirOfLeaves Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Poe was great. Both story teller and poet. Love his work. The Raven movie disappointed me though.
weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I'm currently reading some of Poe's works. He's always been a favorite author of mine, ever since I read one of his short stories for my 7th grade class. I think he was the first author of the horror genre I read and although I may not have appreciated his works much back then, I definitely do now :)
johnadam Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Poe app for iPod, iPad and iPhone:(on sale...1$)


enjoy :)
LuciaAntemis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
One of my favourite Author :)
VirgildAvolo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Such an incredible blog!
lineartJack Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read the whole of this article but I must say I'm glad that this has come up. Artistic nude is beautiful. However. Badly photographed, badly lighted and disgustingly posed vagina/penis shots are NOT artistic nude. I'm not saying that if people WANT to post it, they shouldn't be allowed to. I think that they should be made to post such things in OTHER categories. NOT under artistic nude. Because its not artistic. Its borderline porn.
DOODZKI22 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I think you got journal to post these comments XD XD
DOODZKI22 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"The wrong journal' sorry
wereby Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks for the features! :D
devilangel7286 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
i love edger allen poe he is my most favorite poet he is so dark and twisted and also verry poetic i just love reading his books he is my favorite poet to read i could read his books over and over again
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