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Poe Estate

Edgar Allan Poe’s Family Estate Is Up For Sale and We Can’t Afford It

I love me some Edgar Allan Poe, always have and always will. So I never shoot down the chance to hear a little more about the dark and mysterious writer. Plus I’m a complete sucker for a beautiful mansion with a rich history. And it turns out that the old Poe estate was put up for sale last week!



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Although the American writer and literary critic was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his distant family spent some time in Maryland at their estate home built in 1927. The Poe family lived there for over seventy years, acting as the home for the writer’s great-great-great nephew Edgar Poe III. The “humble” abode resides in Owing Mills, Maryland and is absolutely breathtaking.


Edgar Allan Poe Estate

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Poe House

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Poe Table

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Now, according to Patch, it’s selling for a whopping $3.45 million with seven bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, and all the fine amenities that the Poe family didn’t even have. Like images of ravens painted on the breakfast room tiles; it’s all about the deets. Despite being on and off the market since 2009, we’d say this estate needs a little love. With 6,625 square feet of space, I’m sure you could dig up a few bucks to reside in the family home of one of the greatest writers of all time.



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This Whiskey Was Inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe Story

When I think of the legendary Edgar Allen Poe, I usually picture something dark and twisted out of a nightmarish fantasy. And yet it works so damn well; Poe is classic. In one of his best works, “The Cask of Amontillado”, the very end gives me a serious chill when Fortunato completely seals Montresor into the wall while the party continues on outside. By the time the last brick is laid, there’s nothing but eerie silence.
Kind of makes you want a drink to soothe your nerves right? We’ve got you covered.


"The Cask of Amontillado"

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Poe’s past stomping grounds in Philly are now the home of the New Liberty Distillery and they’ve got some literary libations to give you a buzz. Inspired by the dark short story, last month the Distillery created a whiskey by the name of Fortunato’s Fate. How delectable, how appropriate.


Fortunato's Fate

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The malted rye whiskey is finished in sherry casks located in Spain. This ties into Montresor’s demise of being sealed in with the famous Amontillado sherry. Their website has an array of other spirits to choose from as well!
 So if you’re just trying to sit back and have a glass by yourself or you’re feeling a little vengeful, Fortunato’s Fate could your drink of choice.


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The Little Prince, Jane Austen, Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy socks

8 Book-Themed Socks to Keep You Toe-sty

When I was growing up, I was always told that the clothes make the man. That’s why I wore graphic t-shirts until I was twenty-four. More specifically, I think, socks can really fill out your outfit. They’re like a mystery surprise for anybody who happens to look at your ankles. Are you wearing regular white socks? Or are your socks literary-themed?


Because these socks here, the ones that compose this list, are in fact literary-themed and they’re really nice looking. I’d recommend picking up several pairs.


1. The Little Prince


The Little Prince

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2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Do Androids Dream socks

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3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Hitchhiker's Guide socks

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4. Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe

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5. Jane Austen


Jane Austen socks

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6. William Shakespeare


Shakespeare socks

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7. Cheshire Cat


Cheshire Cat

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8. A Clockwork Orange


Clockwork Orange socks

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The Raven

13 Edgar Allan Poe Quotes for When You Think You Have It Bad

Arguably one of the most tragic, as well as one of the most influential, American authors was Edgar Allan Poe. The man’s life was fraught with misery and turmoil at almost every turn—a father who abandoned the family, a mother who died of consumption, a brother who died of alcoholism, and a beloved (albeit significantly younger) wife who also died of tuberculosis when Poe was 38-years-old. Undoubtedly, all of this tragedy contributed to a body of work that’s some of the best prose and poetry to come out of the United States. In a style holding true to Poe’s dark streak, here are thirteen of some of our favorite Poe quotes!




1. “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have perilled life and reputation and reason. It has been in the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories — memories of wrong and injustice and imputed dishonor — from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”

– A letter from Poe to Sarah Helen Whitman, a romantic interest



2. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —

Only this, and nothing more.”

 The Raven



3. “Is all that we see or seem / But a dream within a dream?”

– A Dream Within a Dream



4. “And so being young and dipt in folly

I fell in love with melancholy.”




5. “TRUE! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” 

 The Tell-Tale Heart 



6. “And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”

– The Masque of the Red Death



7. “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their grey visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in awaking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which I of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.”

– The Fall of the House of Usher



8. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” 

– A letter from Poe discussing the death of his wife, Virginia



9. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” 

– The Narrative of Arthur Gordyn Pym



10. “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” 

– The Premature Burial 



11. “But we loved with a love that was more than love—

I and my Annabel Lee—”

– Annabel Lee 



12. “I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.” 

– The Cask of Amontillado 



13. “Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream.”

– The Black Cat





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pop up book

Edgar Allan Poe’s Creepy Tales Spring to Life

Edgar Allan Poe’s life was, like, pretty weird. At twenty-six, he married his thirteen-year-old cousin (not cool), he was obsessed with cats (cool), he died in a state of confusion after being found running through the streets in a stranger’s clothing.  His whole existence was a bit bizarre from beginning to end. Well, the weirdity and strangeressness continues, because now, over 150 years later, there is an extravagant pop-up book based on his tale ‘The Raven.’ It is entitled Raven: A Pop-Up Book and it looks pretty nice. 



The detail in this book is incredible, and the video itself is so mesmerizing. It’s the perfect gift for any bookworm, Poe fan, Halloweenie, or, indeed, Halloweirdo you might know. You can get your copy here


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