To begin the Halloween season, I'll be your guide on a tour of Edgar Allan Poe's office, which just happens to be in our sunroom. If you'll look to your right, you'll see his typewriter with some of his famous words still in place just as he left them.
You may have read that he was fond of Ravens. Did you notice the Raven sitting on top of the moon on a tag in his office?
He kept a framed copy of a Scottish prayer on his desk. It reads: From ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.
A dapper Raven, carrying a clock, is being serenaded by a couple of strange looking cats. You knew Edgar's cats wouldn't be normal, right?
Much research has been done about it, but scholars have been unable to learn the story behind the pumpkin-headed boys riding on a Raven's back.
Some historians believe the girl riding on this Raven's back resembles Edgar's love, Lenore.
Guests who dared enter his office were welcomed with a banner on the shelves over his desk.
One of his treasures was this vintage scrapbook page. (Wait a minute, Edgar! That's my treasure. I don't know how he came into possession of my mother's scrapbook page.)
Proceed with caution. Those Ravens on the top shelf appear to be prepared to take flight.
Thank you for joining us on this tour of the office of the great poet, Edgar Allan Poe.
In parting, I'll leave you with his words:
"Quoth the Raven, Nevermore".