Saturday, 11 June 2011

And talking of Poe

Bloomsbury publish a rather fine edition of Edgar Allan Poe's stories - with an introduction by Neil Gaiman, no less. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. The list of writers (including yours truly) who will happily concede a debt to Poe is endless and his influence is huge. He is a timeless writer who still manages to sound modern and who still has the capacity to shock. These stories are very, very strange indeed.

If you haven't read his work - whatever age you are - grab a collection of his short stories and read The Tell-Tale Heart or Berenice or The Fall of the House of Usher and see why he is such an important writer.

Whenever I read him - and I reread him often - I am always reminded to up my game.

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