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February 26 2015

Literary Mysteries: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Light-House”

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains a giant within the horror set with renowned classics such as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum. He’s also acknowledged as the...
January 30 2015

Automatic Crime Sonnet Robot, Activate!

If modern robots can write your letters, why not poetry, and what richer fodder for auto-verse than CrimeHQ's tweets could there be? Submitting our thread to the genius of Poetweet (meaning...
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January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners.  The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television...
December 16 2014

Alexis Smith: A Dynamite Girl’s Film Noir

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993) was a versatile, Canadian-born actress who was equally at home playing in Hollywood Westerns, comedies, and noirs or just about any genre Tinseltown...
October 16 2014

The Historical Villain: A Whodunnit in One Dimension

The golden age of the fictional villain—twirling his moustache, laughing Frenchly, tying women to train tracks—was the 19th century. In that innocent age, you could actually spook readers...
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October 16 2014

Madly in Love: Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Adapted for Film

If you're a rabid Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast, like many of us are—especially around Halloween—then you might want to add Stonehearst Asylum to your list of movies to see this month....
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September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston had him first. He was born there in 1809 and he published “The Tell-tale Heart” there in...
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September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and a comic no less, has an impeccable pedigree! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This...
May 7 2014

Fresh Meat: The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology edited by Richard Thomas

The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology, edited by Richard Thomas, is a collection of twenty dark and twisted tales from assorted genres: horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and the...
February 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke

Where Monsters Dwell by Jørgen Brekke is the debut in translation of a whodunit-slash-literary thriller featuring Virginia cop Felicia Stone and Inspector Odd Sinsaker of Norway as they face...
January 17 2014

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe: Dominated by Humor, Not Terror

On January 19th, we celebrate the 205th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s been dead for one hundred and sixty five years, and for most of those years he’s been misunderstood. Evidence...
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October 31 2013

Happy Halloween from Edgar Allan Ho!

We've heard people decry the degradation of the modern adult Halloween costume: slutty nurse, slutty kitty, slutty [fill in the blank]. Does this one represent a new acme of awesome or a foul new...
October 8 2013

Spot the Horror Author: Guillermo del Toro directs The Simpsons Couch Gag

The argument can be made that The Simpsons  has had an incredible impact on American culture, be it good or bad. The show is very nearly an institution for network television. Throughout the...
September 28 2013

Fresh Meat: Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen is historical fiction about a consuming affair between Edgar Allan Poe and the poet Frances Sargent Osgood (available October 1, 2013). It’s 1845 and Edgar Allan Poe...
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July 31 2013

Zinng: Poe, Mrs. Peacock, and Ziva

  •  According to South Coast Today, a handwritten poem by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Conqueror Worm,” was sold at auction for $300,000 after expecting to fetch $10-20k....
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July 30 2013

Now Win This!: Bag of Cool Scares Sweepstakes

We're clearing out our prize closets to share bags and bags of seriously great stuff! Our first bundle of 7 books includes superhero comics and an illustrated novel, zombie adventures (plus...
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May 31 2013

The Passive Aggressive Raven Says Nevermind

We have a feeling if The Following’s Joe Carroll had been introduced to this Raven, he might not have been as entranced by Edgar Allan Poe. What do you think?
May 26 2013

Addicted to Addicted Detectives

Crime fiction is cheerfully described as an addiction by many of its fans, including such diverse personalities as Sigmund Freud and Woodrow Wilson. Just as neurochemical addicts have an endless menu...
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March 3 2013

The Game of Life is a Little Deadly...

Ever play a game and wonder just where the creators got their ideas? As it turns out, one of the greatest games ever to be created for wordsmiths was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Alfred Butts,...
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January 29 2013

This Birthday is for the Bird

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe was first published on Jan. 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. The greatest mystery of today’s papers is where all the news went...let alone why...
January 25 2013

Top Five Literary Mystery Novels

All too often, people assert that so-called “genre” fiction (a class that includes mystery fiction) is separate from “literary” fiction.  I think not. Why should...
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January 21 2013

T-shirts Take Cover

The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys T-shirts from Out of Print Clothing  hit us right in the bookshelf. Nancy Drew The Sign of the Twisted Candles features the original cover artwork from the 1933 dust...
November 19 2012

Murder in the Locked Room

The locked room mystery has always held a special fascination for suspense fans. Perhaps the most popular—and earliest—of them is Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue...
October 7 2012

The Death of Edgar A. Poe: “A Tissue of Malevolent Blasphemies”

A new musical play with Edgar A. Poe as its subject was recently reviewed by Charles Isherwood for The New York Times. Summing up the play Isherwood wrote: “With just a few dollars to his...
September 11 2012

Selin Arisoy Mashes Up Authors with Their Work

Love, love, LOVE the mashups of famous authors with their most famous work by graphic artist Selin Arisoy. He has other great stuff on his Tumblr, as well, but nothing quite as approprate as Edgar,...
September 6 2012

The Darkness Within

It is with at least a permissible dash of hubris that the literary and artistic population of any (that is to say, every) generation considers itself on the forefront of something. We are always looking...
June 15 2012

Crime and Undead Punishment: Ghost Stories and Murder Mysteries

There’s a body in the hotel room—a murdered girl. She’s draped half off the bed with her head resting at a backwards angle. A Chantilly lace nightgown of mint green is pooled up around her shoulders....
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April 26 2012

Poe-tastic Weekend Ahead: The Raven premiere and Edgar Awards preparations galore!

Quoth the Raven “And the winner is...” The end of this week is turning out to be a Poe-tastic one. Tonight our very own Leslie Gilbert Elman will be attending the Edgar Awards and giving you the...
April 4 2012

Recycling Writers into Action Heroes

I’ll probably wait for The Raven on DVD or on Demand. You know that new movie starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, wherein the famous author goes hunting a murderer who’s imitating the plots...
February 2 2012

Magical Mystery Tour: Houdini’s Appearances

I never intended to make an informal survey of the many appearances of Harry Houdini in the annals of mystery fiction. It just sort of happened that way. Quite frankly, until I began investigating the...