When you think of Edgar Allan Poe, poems like The Raven or stories like The Cask of Amontillado come to mind.
Today is Poe's 203rd birthday. And, like many of his characters, he's managed to remain alive long after his death. Here are some ways to celebrate this literary legend locally.
1. Cozy up to the macabre
Fans of Poe can check out The complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe at the . This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted talents of Poe's writing.
2. Make a pizza
True, pizza was not the food of choice in Boston during the 1800s, but Food.com has a tasty recipe for its "Edgar Allan Poe" pie, featuring roasted garlic and kalamata olives.
3. Toast Poe's life with cognac
It is believed that cognac was one of Poe's favorite beverages. Grab dinner and a drink at in Dexter after work today. The restaurant offers a wide selection of spirits and other alcoholic beverages.
4. Shut the blinds and watch a scary movie
Poe is believed to be one of the earliest originators of the classic American horror story. You can rent or purchase Nightmares from the Mind of Poe online or check out the horror section at in Dexter.
5. Try your luck at the Michigan Lottery
One of Poe's favorite activities while attending school was gambling. If you are feeling lucky today, stop by in Dexter and try your hand at any of the different lottery games.