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8 Really Strange Facts About Famous Authors

This may just be me, but when I read books I don’t usually dig deep into who the author is, like finding out their background or upbringing. But it is always fascinating to see who or what inspires great authors to write such profound pieces. So as I started to research some famous authors, I came across some odd facts about them; things I never would have expected to see. Often times, we think we know authors based on the literature they produce, but behind their names on the covers of their books lie some peculiar circumstances. These are some of the most interesting and/or unexpected ones I’ve come across!


1. Stephen King has triskaidekaphobia



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The famed horror writer Stephen King has what is known as triskaidekaphobia, which is the irrational fear of number thirteen. In fact, he’s so terrified of it that he wouldn’t pause reading or writing if he’s on page thirteen or it’s multiples until he reaches a number deemed safe for him. Ironic, considering his fiction is known to consist of some horribly disturbing aspects, none of which are a mere number. “The number thirteen never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine.” he said. “When I’m reading, I won’t stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these three numbers add up to thirteen”.


2. J.R.R Tolkien loved pranks.



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The legendary author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy was known to be a ruthless prankster. He actually once dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chased his neighbor. Quite a disturbing sense of humor.

Also, J.R.R. Tolkien opposed holding Catholic mass in English, to the extent that whenever the priests spoke the liturgy in English, he would loudly respond in Latin.


3. Dan Brown was a pop singer. 


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The author known for writing the Da Vinci Code, used to be a pop singer. He had once written a song about phone sex.


4. Edgar Allan Poe… where do we even start?


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Edgar Allan Poe, king of the mystery story was also a very disturbed and conspicuous man. As a matter of fact, Poe became assistant editor of The Southern Literary Messenger in August 1835, but he was fired only within a few weeks for being drunk on the job. He returned to his home of Baltimore, where he got a license to marry his first cousin Virginia on September 22nd, 1835. He was twenty-six years old at the time, while she was only thirteen. Also, no one knows how he died, but theories abound, including suicide, murder, cholera, hypoglycemia, rabies, syphilis, and the flu.


5. William S. Burroughs shot his wife. 



Burroughs, the author of Naked Lunch, shot his wife in the head during a drunken attempt at playing William Tell. He had also once chopped the top part of his finger to give to his ex-boyfriend, but he instead presented it to his psychiatrist. He was then admitted to a private clinic.



6. Charles Dickens spent a lot of time in morgues.


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Most famous for writing A Christmas CarolOliver Twist, and David Copperfield, among many others, Dickens was so intrigued by dead bodies that he would spend a lot of his time at the Paris Morgue.


7. Maya Angelou was the first black woman to work as a cable car conductor in San Francisco.


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As a teenager, Maya Angelou won a scholarship to study dance and drama but dropped out for a time when she was sixteen to become a cable car conductor.  She told Oprah Winfrey that she “saw women on the street cars with their little changer belts. They had caps with bibs on them and form-fitting jackets. I loved their uniforms. I said that is the job I want.” She was the first black woman to hold the position. She also spoke six languages.


8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies.



The legendary author of the Sherlock Holmes books was tricked by two young school girls into believing that fairies actually exist. I don’t think I need to explain how ironic this is. The Cottingley Fairies became famous, after the girls claimed to have taken photographs of themselves with fairies. Conan Doyle used the photos in an article about fairies for .The Strand Magazine. Doyle was very spiritual, and thought the photos to be undeniable evidence of the existence of fairies.



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10 Incredibly Powerful Edgar Allan Poe Quotes That Will Leave You Amazed

Notwithstanding his short and devastating life, Edgar Allan Poe left behind an extraordinary legacy embodying stories filled with horror and mind boggling conundrums.

Poe endured many tragedies, from losing his wife and mother and his father’s sudden departure to constantly battling depression and alcoholism. It seemed as if he had used writing as therapy, and his dark, innovative work is still talked about in classrooms all around to world to this day. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of short stories as well as detective fiction, among many others. Poe’s works were far ahead of their time, and so it went on to influence the literary landscape for many years to come.

Poe was also known as a witty and intelligent man; with a profound way with words. Here are some of his quotes that may leave you confused, but deeply influenced nonetheless.



  1. “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.


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


 3. “I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.”





 4. “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.”


5. “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 periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”


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6. “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”


7. “I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.”



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8. “The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”


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


10. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”



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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.


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Poe House

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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?


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3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


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4. Edgar Allan Poe


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5. Jane Austen


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6. William Shakespeare


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7. Cheshire Cat


Cheshire Cat

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8. A Clockwork Orange


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