“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
Edgar Allan Poe
This week’s photography challenge says, “Let’s go out and capture black and white images that are eerie. In honor of the creepiest and eeriest author I know, Edgar Allan Poe, I bring you the Eerie Island based on five of the creepiest tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
1. Hop-Frog, 1849
Hop-Frog, the King’s favorite court jester, seeks revenge on the King and his court after they publicly humiliated him. He dresses them as apes for the King’s masquerade ball, then sets them on fire in front of the horrified crowd.
2. The Black Cat, 1843
One day in a drunken rage, a man blinds his cat, Pluto, and hangs him from a tree. Mysteriously the house burns to the ground, yet leaves a silhouette of the hung cat. He gets another cat eerily similar to Pluto, but in his attempt to kill it, he kills his wife instead and hides her in the cellar wall. The police discover her body after they hear the wailing and howling of a black cat sitting on top of his mistresses cold body.
3. The Murders in the Rue Morgue, 1841
Auguste Dupin, an amateur detective, tries to solve the murder of two women in Paris. At the crime scene, he finds a hair that cannot be human. He discovers that the murderer is actually an escaped Orangutan.
4. The Pit and the Pendulum, 1842
This story follows the horrors endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition. The prisoner is subject to terrors only Poe could dream up.
5. The Raven, 1845
Probably Poe’s most famous poem. Poe spins the tale of a grieving lover who is visited by a talking Raven on a cold winter’s night. Although, I couldn’t find a Raven for this example, I think a giant fruit bat clinging to my ironing board demonstrates the horror of this poem.
Are you scared by the eerie tales, yet? Dustin and his family sure are.