Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, who would be 203 years old today if he didn't mysteriously die at the age of 40... It's days like today (and only today, really,) that I wish I were in Baltimore, where Poe fans will gather at nightfall around his grave for readings and an honorary processional. We'll have to come up with our own way of celebrating the macabre author... perhaps a late-night reading of Spirits of the Dead and a controversial toast of absinthe.
Read a lovely and thorough biography of the man from the Poe Museum's website. And visit Poe Stories for a online resource of his complete works.