The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD is in danger of being closed! I first learned of this on Twitter, when Neil Gaiman sent out a tweet.
I’ve signed the petition and am urging other like-minded folks to do the same. If there’s any author who deserves a museum it is indeed Edgar Allan Poe. The father of detective fiction (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”) and a talented poet, the man’s work is taught in high schools and universities throughout the world. The Mystery Writers of America named their awards for excellence after the man.
Poe’s influence is seen today, not only directly through his classic fiction, “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and numerous others, but in the contemporary works of authors influenced by him, such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Jefferey Deaver, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton and Tess Gerritsen.
Really, when’s the last time you saw an award named for a $5 flavored latte?
So please, head here and add your name to the petition.