Chilling American Authors and Their
Spine-Tingling Stories of Yore
Heartfelt History of The Week 10/1/2016
Our first chilling American author was born in Boston, Massachusetts just three-and-a-half years before America’s second bout with the British Empire in the War of 1812.
Despite being abandoned by his biological father and orphaned by his mother upon her death just before his third birthday, he would become one of America’s most well-known writers.
His scattered and nomadic existence landed him in multiple locations such as Stoke Newington in London, England at the young age of nine; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, New York City, Charleston, S.C. and Richmond, Virginia. These almost hopeless wanderings planted the deep, dark roots of his acclaimed gothic writings.
So much has been written about him, but it’s only fitting that Heartfelt History begins our October series with this master of the macabre…
Edgar Allan Poe
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
– The Raven – published January, 1845
His brief forty-year life span, mired in turmoil, included financial hardships due to his early propensity to gamble, imbibe and inability to reap substantial and consistent income from his writings. Even with these obstacles, Poe was still able to craft timeless works such as The Raven which he begins with the ever familiar…
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—”