October 7th, 1849 – The Death of Poe

On this day 167 years ago, a frail man, haunted by his imagination, lost a four day battle with an alcohol induced delirium that consumed him. Reportedly, in his fevered and tormented last days of life, all he could muster to say was repeated cries of “Reynolds,” until his last breath uttered “Lord help my […]

January 29th, 1845 – Poe’s “The Raven”

“The Raven” was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29th, 1845. Soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated, critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

The Steam Garden & the Haunted Tower: Japanese Steampunk Destination Travel

As 2015 winds to a close, we can look forward to all of the new travel and event opportunities available for 2016. Although there are many places and festivals anyone interested in steampunk can visit in North America, international interest in this style of speculative fiction/art is growing as well. One country that has developed a large steampunk fan base is Japan: Enthusiasts have embraced “wa-yo-setyuu”–the style of fusing East and West—and have created an aesthetic that uniquely reflects Japanese culture/history and yet is easily recognized as steampunk.

This Day in History – January 29th, 1845

“The Raven” is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven‘s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a […]

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