How I’ve been spending my nights with a man named Edgar


Yes, folks, I’m still married, and no my Husband’s name is not Edgar. But I’ve been steadily spending night after night, in bed with Edgar. I’ve been giving him my undivided attention, and my husband is often in the room when I am doing this.

Okay, I’ve been reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete works.

Cover of "The Tell-Tale Heart (Bantam Cla...
Cover of The Tell-Tale Heart (Bantam Classics)

Edgar Allan Poe died 163 years ago today.  Edgar is one of those men who lived tragically, and yet was one of the most enigmatic writers of all time. His works vary from humor and satire to horror and science fiction. I’ve come to think of some of his stories years after reading the for the last time.

The Masque of the Red Death, and the Tell-Tale heart are stories I last read as a child. They bring to mind the paranoia and extremes of living.

Other stories, such as “Loss of Breath” angered me. Almost immediately I wanted to slap the main character, the husband. I’m still reading this one.

So, for the month of October, I’ll be spending my nights with Edgar, and I want to say, I don’t think that my husband minds that much in particular.

Louise Ann Benjamin

 

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