Edgar Allan Poe Funeral Pics & Video: Fans Honor Poe's Work
Fans of writer Edgar Allan Poe found a unique way to celebrate his 160th anniversary of his death. A funeral was held for Edgar Allan Poe in his hometown of Balitmore.
The Edgar Allan Poe funeral was organized by the Poe House and Museum. The museum displayed a casket with a replica of a dead Poe this week. On Sunday, the casket was carried by a horse-drawn cart to Westminster Hall, where a funeral service was held.
It's a testament to Poe's work that a funeral would be held for him more than a century after his death. Poe was an innovator who was hugely influential in the genre of horror. His works such as The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Raven are considered masterpieces of the macabre.
His influence extended beyond horror fiction. His short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue is widely considered to be the first detective story.
In October 1849, Poe was found delirious outside a pub in Baltimore. He died four days later on Oct. 7, 1849. Poe was buried with only 10 people in attendance since his cousin had neglected to announce his funeral in the newspaper.
Today's Edgar Allan Poe funeral was seen as a way to make up for Poe's poorly-attended funeral. Hundreds of fans came to honor the writer as well as actors dressed up fellow writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Walt Whitman. The event was emceed by actor John Astin, best known for his role as Gomez Addams on The Addams Family.