Happy Edgar Allan Poe Day

Today would have been Edgar Allan Poe’s 203rd birthday if he were still alive. One person who most likely won’t be toasting him is the “Poe Toaster” – a mysterious figure dressed in a wide-brimmed hat and white scarf, who for 60 years, left a half bottle of cognac and three roses at Poe’s Baltimore grave every year on his birthday.

The Poe Toaster hasn’t shown up for three years in a row now. The last time he was spotted was in 2009, which marked the 200th anniversary of Poe’s death. Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome declared the tradition officially nevermore.

Well, that rots. To fill the void, here’s Christopher Walken reading The Raven because even Poe would have wanted a little more cowbell.

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