Writing Challenge: Poe

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Writing Challenge: Poe

Post by Erithe » 01/23/13

Write something that follows the rules found here:

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Edgar Allan Poe penned immortal poems, such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee,” and unforgettable tales of psychological horror, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of Red Death,” The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” He was also a prominent literary critic and essayist, as well as the inventor of the detective story.

In a recently-found treatise, he set down the following advice for bettering a story: *

1. Employ an unreliable narrator, preferably one who doesn’t know he is insane and has no recollection of such events as digging into a grave to rip out the teeth of his recently departed lover.

2. Include a beautiful woman with raven locks and porcelain skin, preferably quite young, and let her die tragically of some unknown ailment.

3. Use grandiloquent words, such as heretofore, forthwith, and nevermore. A little Latin will also enhance the text.

4. Do not shy away from such grotesqueries as inebriation, imprisonment, insanity, and men costumed as orangutans being burned to death.

5. When in doubt, bury someone alive.

* Poe didn’t really compose this advice, but, as he was fond of a good hoax, we hope he would be pleased by this affectionate charade.

There's no deadline. Just write as you will and reply here with the link to your work, either from the forums or from a blog.

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Re: Writing Challenge: Poe

Post by Pirate » 01/23/13

I love Poe. My favorite will always be "The Tell-Tale Heart". I've done Poe writing exercises in almost every one of my writing classes, so of course I accept the challenge! It also fit in with something I've been meaning to write the next part of. It needs some changes for it to fit with the first piece, but here it is.



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