Well-known American author Edgar Allan Poe would have celebrated his 205th birthday on Jan. 19 if he were still alive.

The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library has been celebrating his birthday every year since 2010. The celebration of the famed author included cake, punch and a spooky movie.  

Poe is best known for his scary stories and poems including “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Tell Tale Heart” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

Known as the one of the originators of the detective novel, Poe’s tales of mystery are often studied by middle school students.  

“That’s one of the reasons that we have singled out this well-known American author,” said Lisa Youngblood, library director.

Corina Foy, of Harker Heights, likes Poe’s writings.

“Just when you think you can’t figure it out, it jumps out at you,” Foy said.

Foy, along with other teenagers, gathered in the activity room of the library to watch the movie, “The Haunted Palace,” and to have cake and juice to celebrate Poe’s birthday.  

Poe lost his parents before he was 3 years old. Raised by foster parents in Richmond, Va., he excelled academically in boarding school and attended the University of Virginia for a very short time. At 18, Poe moved to Boston and enlisted in the Army. He published his first collection of poems that same year. His works had a profound impact on American and international literature. Poe died at the age of 40.    

“His tales of mystery and imagination are beloved by people around the world,” Youngblood said.  

The library also has celebrations planned Dr. Seuss and TV and movie series, such as “Doctor Who,” “Star Wars” and the Harry Potter series.

For more information about upcoming library events, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us.

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