Edgar Allan Poe can be so insanely descriptive in his short stories. One of my friends once referred to him as an author that’s meant to be “chewed”. He wanted his reader to take a minute and become engrossed in his tales, so he wrote in such a way that you can smell/taste/touch/breathe the worlds he created.

 

I’ll be honest, that usually irritates me when I’m reading. I love a good visual description, but I’m a product of our current internet/fifty-different-forms-of-stimulus-per-second world. I can get frustrated when taking the first few steps into a new universe that an author wants to guide us through.

 

Despite all that, the gorgeous and terrifying visuals that Edgar Allan Poe paints in “The Thousand and Second Tale” locked me in and kept me in. Monsters, necromancers, golems, islands, forests, executions, politics…it’s all in there.  Here’s what makes this even more interesting: I just sat and stated that it took me a minute to get into the story because of how descriptive Poe can be when he’s setting up a landscape. There was so much going on in this tale, and it was only about twenty pages. There I was complaining to myself that this was taking too long to get past the way the characters looked, and then I was so engrossed that it stopped in what felt like five seconds because of all the action!

 

You start with baby steps, you get swept into a terrifying world, and it’s over too damn soon! Such a good one.

 

Get some Poe in your life.

 

Your pal Ando is working on a split record based on Edgar Allan Poe stories with Clint Westwood, coming out this Fall for our tour together!

 

Have a listen!

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