"Following the view of the European Romantics that the artist is a privileged genius, Poe created his own world, of enclosed spaces, otherworldly terrains, abnormal psychology, drug-induced hallucinations, the drift towards madness and death. Like Charles Brockden Brown before him, though with much greater skill, he indicated that the sins and guilts of the Old World could, like men, goods and ideals, cross the ocean. He showed an alternative to the optimism, complacency and materialism of his age, a dream of beauty and primal unity which always contained the probability of terror and darkness. Few people at the time heeded him, but since his death, and particularly in the twentieth century, his voice has been widely heard and recognised, like those meaningful shapes from the past so beloved of Gothic writers." - John S. Whitley
In the introduction of this Wordsworth edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, John S. Whitley discusses Poe's claims to fame, which include being the father of the short story, developing the concept of the detective story and, of course, being one of the greatest of all writers of horror fiction. After such a fantastic introduction to this collection of Poe's best stories, I can't wait to finally getting around to reading this book, which was a Christmas present last year. It might be a while yet though, as I'm already behind on my reading schedule this month!
In between working and reading, I will definitely be making time for the return of my favourite show The Walking Dead! Being such a huge lover of TWD, I couldn't resist the opportunity to feature these amazing Lego figures again, which are available over at @sweeneybricks. I'm really excited for my friend Becky's new venture, so do check out her creations!
#spookishbookish - Happy birthday to @bookishsteph1 creator of this brilliant spooky tag. Hope you've had a fantastic birthday full of bookish gifts. I will be catching up with Steph, @dannii.elle.reads and @addymanbooks again next month at the Owen King event! 📖
#grimdragon - The Reading Dead: Dead Authors (TWD season premiere!)
#circleofbookishfriends - A Collection of Short Stories
It all goes down tomorrow night! The menace known as Negan will make his first appearance tomorrow on The Walking Dead. Who will he kill? I'm thinking Daryl or Glenn. Here's a portrait of Negan Beating Daryls head with Lucille (Not a spoiler, just a theory) I'll actually be watching the episode In the OBX because I'm leaving in the morning to go to the OBX 😊 #TheWalkingDead#legothewalkingdead#thewalkingdeadlego#twds6finale