saying goodbye to Poevember.

Alas! It is once again that time of year when we must say farewell to our friend Poevember. I had so much fun reading and reviewing EdgarAllan Poe's work, and I hope it sparked a bit of interest for Poe's writing in you all. It's hard to pick a favorite piece of writing, so I'll … Continue reading saying goodbye to Poevember.

Poevember: THE RAVEN

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..." So begins one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works, "The Raven." This poem tells the tale of a man who is visited by a talking raven, who only speaks one unsettling word again and again. As the narrator gradually descends into insanity, the … Continue reading Poevember: THE RAVEN

more books: ¡en español!

For all of you in the United States, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I'm really excited about the books I have to show you today, because they're Spanish translations! I've been taking Spanish classes for the past five years in school, but I'm by no means fluent. I read a Spanish translation of … Continue reading more books: ¡en español!

Poevember: THE GOLD-BUG

"Many years ago, I contracted an intimacy with a Mr. William Legrand." When the narrator hears that his friend William Legrand has been bitten by a mysterious gold bug, he is eager to know more. However, he soon realizes that this bug is driving Legrand to the point of obsessive insanity, as he attempts to … Continue reading Poevember: THE GOLD-BUG


"The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis." "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is an intriguing short story about a brilliant detective and an unsettling mystery. When two women are horrifically murdered, the authorities immediately begin to investigate the case. Several witnesses offer accounts of their experiences … Continue reading Poevember: THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

QUOTE: Edgar Allan Poe

"It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream."  ~ Edgar Allan Poe This week is the final week of Poevember 2014! My, how fast it has come and gone! I'll be doing an official wrap-up post at the end of the month, But I just wanted to say a quick thanks … Continue reading QUOTE: Edgar Allan Poe


"The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country." The Red Death, a brutal disease that refuses to stop spreading, does not stop the rich from having a good time. In the midst of the chaos of fighting this plague, Prince Prospero decides to host an enormous party for his wealthy noble friends. After all, don't … Continue reading Poevember: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH


"I was sick -- sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me." During the Spanish Inquisition, our unfortunate narrator is sentenced to death and put in a chamber of imprisonment. Through darkness, confinement, rats, and … Continue reading Poevember: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

on turning eighteen.

Today is my eighteenth birthday!   It's so strange. I remember being in kindergarten thinking that I would never be twelve or thirteen years old, and then in middle school wondering if time would ever pass fast enough for me to turn sixteen and get my driver's license. And now I'm a legal adult! A … Continue reading on turning eighteen.

Poevember: LIGEIA

"I cannot, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia." As the first sentence suggests, this short story is about the narrator's lover, Ligeia. After describing precisely why he loves her so much, he reveals the unfortunate circumstance that has befallen their love: Lady Ligeia … Continue reading Poevember: LIGEIA