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The Master Of The Macabre

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the greatest literary minds of our time. There still is a lot of mystery surrounding his life and his death. However what is known is that what was told by Poe’s foe, Rufus Griswold, was untrue. He was spiteful of Poe over the things he had written about him, Griswold’s postmortem view of Poe portrayed him as a womanizing drug-induced mad man.

Although far from the truth, many of the views Griswold had postmortem ended up sticking. However Poe wasn’t that crazy at all, maybe a bit odd to some but not the maniacal drunk he was portrayed to be. He was a highly intelligent pioneer who changed the face of American Literature.

Of course, you have to be a bit strange or odd to come up with some of the stuff he did. But Poe’s genius and darkness came from real-life inspirations. For instance, “The Masque of Red Death” was inspired by his wife who was also his cousin Virginia’s illness and battle with Tuberculosis. Her battle with the disease and the gruesome toll it took helped inspire his inner gorehound. He went on to be the originator of body-horror.

He wasn’t like everyone else and marched to the beat of his own drum. Of course, people are going to look at someone like this and see them as odd or different. However, there were some things about him that would make people think he is strange. Check out the video we found by Weird History and let us know your thoughts.

Video Source – Weird History

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