Sixteen decades after his death, Edgar Allan Poe’s name still resonates for his beautifully constructed wording and brief stories of the macabre and it has influenced composing genres as diverse as science fiction, crime and investigators and scary. While not getting any immediate Halloween connections, the stories of the macabre are the types of tales which Hollywood has used for many motion pictures over the years. The story The Masque of the Red Death itself is a tale of a masquerade ball held while attempting to avoid the plaque. People today may not have a Costume party to prevent the plaque and it can seem to be somewhat counterproductive to undertake a costume party while attempting to avoid a contagious condition.
The Fall of the House of Usher set the standard from the haunted home, a standard which is still used today by writers in order to vary the impact. Some of Poe’s other works concentrated on murder as well as murderers as well as revenge in manners where the spirit of the murder victim is “helpful” inside bringing the actual murderer justice although sometimes the justice has been by making the responsible person crazy. He authored some of the first “detective” stories with The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, and The Purloined Letter.
Then there was Poe’s poetry. Just as with his quick stories, his poetry has additionally been used as the basis of movies. The Raven is only one example, converted into a movie with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre with a young Jack Nicholson within the cast.
Many folks know the names with the Poe brief stories and probably read a number of them in school because Poe is among the great American writers and is often used as an example of composing styles, just like O Henry is often analyzed for using irony. Although Poe characters are not always well known for use as Halloween costumes, the particular stories Poe wrote do lend themselves to the Halloween party genre, even though just to be able to scare youngsters. A retrospective of Poe movies playing in the background during the Halloween costume get together would clearly help to arrange the scene for the scary aspects of Halloween party. As always with this style of story, it is often the suggestion of the horror which makes it so much even worse than having graphic depictions of violence can actually have
Consider getting the costume ready and put the recording or DVD of Roger Corman’s movies based on Poe’s writing and establish the Halloween night mood appropriately.
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