The Black Cat, set in 1840 Philadelphia, has the great writer Edgar Allan Poe, struggling with alcoholism, writers block, as well as being out of ideas, short on cash, and tormented by his wife Virginia's black cat that will either destroy his life or inspire him to write one of his most famous stories. Written by
masters of horror
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The pictures behind the opening credits are illustrations for some of Poe's most famous stories: in order, "The Premature Burial", "The Mask of the Red Death", "The Case of M. Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat". See more
The tavern piano, in 1840, is riffing on Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer", which would not be written until 1862. See more
Edgar Allan Poe
I have little sense of the world around me. Such is my genius.
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