Monday, October 5, 2009

Celebrate Poe

It's October, so let's talk Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price: two masterful advocates of the macabre. Not long ago a post on this blog provided a picture of a Hollywood tradition - the casting call; one in 1961 that sought a black cat for Roger Corman's movie anthology: Tales of Terror. LIFE magazine's picture archive features more black cat pics from the event, including this one of Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. Tales of Terror showcased adaptations of Poe's Morella and The Black Cat. Want to watch? It's on Hulu.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, and his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland celebrates with several events, including an art exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Poe's morbid tales inspired artists such as Henri Matisse, Paul Gaugin, and Robert Motherwell to create wonderfully dark art - the exhibit will run until Jan 17, and admission is free.

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