Celebrating Edgar Allen Poe in October

Johnathan Hampton, Writer

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Are you a fan of literature? Gothic literature? How about all things Halloween? If you are, then take a trip to Huntsville’s Historic Lowry House. This house’s event, Inside the Madness of Edgar Allen Poe, is sure to give you the best of both worlds.

According to Jane Tippett, a worker at the Lowry House, Inside the Madness of Poe is an attraction that combines the eeriness of horror with the dark mood of Gothic literature. Functioning as a tour through the Historic Lowry House, partakers can expect to be immersed in the dark and murky thoughts of Edgar Allan Poe.

And if the tour is a bit too much for your nerves to handle, then you can stick around to see a number of plays based on Poe’s works. Ms. Tippett said that a group of enthusiastic actors have come together to enact renditions of a variety of Poe’s works, including “The Cask of Amontillado” and  “Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

Still, this isn’t all that the eerie Lowry house has to offer. Jane adds that people also have the opportunity to “…get their fortune read, make ‘post-mortem’ photos, as well as meet the wild cast of characters that haunt the grounds.” This 7-11 p.m tour starts on Friday, October 14th, and lasts until Halloween, though dates are variable.  You can see the complete schedule, along with ticket costs, here.

It’d be a shame if you weren’t able to attend, but if you’re a rising freshman or sophomore, you can look forward to participating in Poe Day during your English class!

Mrs. Murray, a driving force behind Poe Day, said that this activity is designed to expose students to the dark and intellectual writings of Edgar Allen Poe. The event will take place in the bottom S wing of the school and in the AV room. According to Mrs. Murray, “Students will be invited into Mr. Poe’s chambers to hear rantings, poetry, and various pieces of short stories.” Freshmen and sophomores will be lead into various rooms whose themes center around a variety of Poe’s works, including “The Black Cat” and the “Tell-Tale Heart.”

Students who had the pleasure of participating in Poe Day last year are eagerly waiting to relive the experience. Sophomore Ashton Jah said that he’s excited for this year’s Poe Day. “It was a lot of fun, and we [the students] got to experience some of Poe’s best works,” Ashton explained.

Poe Day will take place on October 28th and is being overseen by teachers Kyleen Edger, Mallory Poarch, Emily Polak, Trace Gibson, Jon Campbell, and Mrs. Murray herself. So be prepared, literature lovers… These events are perfect for this time of year.

 

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