Poe People

In our humble opinion, the true test of any author's writing lies in its longevity. In other words, will anyone give a damn about your screed 100 years from now? If you’re so-called horror author Stephanie Meyer, we’re willing to bet that few -- if any -- will fondly remember the execrable Twilight saga a century hence.

The eerie oeuvre of the far more talented Edgar Allan Poe, however, both stands the test of time and continues to be cherished and celebrated by word nerds and at numerous literary festivals around the world in tribute to the long-deceased author.

For instance, the folks behind Arizona Curriculum Theater stage their annual PoeFest in honor of the “master of the macabre,” recreating a creepy 19th century asylum populated by blood-drenched mental patients spinning spooky first-person yarns based on some of Poe’s most horrific tales.

This year’s edition of the yearly Halloween season performance series inside Soul Invictus, 1022 Grand Avenue, continues at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, with a retelling of The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart, followed by a matinee rendition of Annabel Lee, The Raven, and The Black Cat at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Oct. 28, 2012
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.