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REEL Reads Presents Poe's Spooktacular Tales from Page to Screen


The School of Arts and Communication and Evans Library are hosting the Reel Reads event Poe’s Spooktacular Tales from Page to Scream on Friday, November 1 from 6:30-8:00 PM on the first floor of the library. This is part of the Reel Reads series on film and literature and these events are always free and open to the public.

This will not be a traditional film screening, but rather a space for discussion and analysis of key scenes from several film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories, including "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Premature Burial," and "The Masque of the Red Death." Drs. Debbie Lelekis, Melissa Crofton, and Angela Tenga will be leading discussion, but all are welcome to share their thoughts on these classic tales.

Mystery surrounds the figure of Poe himself, so it’s not surprising that other writers and filmmakers have found him inspiring and intriguing too. We will also explore depictions of Poe that have appeared on screen in films like John Cusack’s The Raven (2012), on TV shows like Altered Carbon on Netflix in 2018 (where we see an AI -- Artificial Intelligence -- version of Poe as the owner of the appropriately named Raven Hotel), and in Seth Grahame-Smith's 2010 novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. There are lots of fun twists to this notion of Poe as character.

Many people think of Poe around Halloween and enjoy revisiting his works during this time of year. Since everyone will still be in the Halloween spirit on November 1, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of America’s most influential authors.

For more information, contact Dr. Lelekis at dlelekis@fit.edu or Nancy Garmer in the library at ngarmer@fit.edu.

Terri Wright has held the position of General Manager at WFIT since 1998.