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Poe is a concept album around the life and works of Edgar A. Poe. 

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Poe’s father and mother died before the poet was three years old, and John and Frances Allan raised him as a foster child in Richmond, Virginia. Poe was sent to the best boarding schools and, later, to the University of Virginia, where he excelled academically. After less than one year of school, however, he was forced to leave the university when Allan refused to pay Poe’s gambling debts.

In 1827, Poe moved to Boston and enlisted in the United States Army. His first collection of poems, Tamerlane, and Other Poems, was published that year. In 1829, he published a second collection entitled Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. Neither volume received significant critical or public attention. 

Poe was admitted to the United States Military Academy, but he was again forced to leave for lack of financial support. He then moved into the home of his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter, Virginia, in Baltimore.

Poe began to sell short stories to magazines at around this time, and, in 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, where he moved with his aunt and cousin Virginia. 

In 1836, he married Virginia, who was thirteen years old at the time. Over the next ten years, Poe edited a number of literary journals and he established himself as a poet, a short story writer, and an editor. He published some of his best-known stories and poems, including “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and “The Raven.” 

After Virginia’s death from tuberculosis in 1847, Poe’s lifelong struggle with depression and alcoholism worsened.

On October 3, 1849, he was found in a state of semi-consciousness. Poe died four days later of “acute congestion of the brain.” Evidence by medical practitioners who reopened the case has shown that Poe may have been suffering from rabies.

Poe’s work as an editor, poet, and critic had a profound impact on American and international literature. His stories mark him as one of the originators of both horror and detective fiction. Many anthologies credit him as the “architect” of the modern short story. He was also one of the first critics to focus primarily on the effect of style and structure in a literary work; as such, he has been seen as a forerunner to the “art for art’s sake” movement. French Symbolists claimed him as a literary precursor. Charles Baudelaire spent nearly fourteen years translating Poe into French. Today, Poe is remembered as one of the first American writers to become a major figure in world literature.


1. O Tempora O Mores

2. Black Cat (feat. Adam Denlinger)

3. Bridal Ballad

4. Alone

5. Spirits of the Dead

6. Dreamland

7. The Valley of Unrest (feat. Adam Denlinger)

8. The Raven

9. A Dream within a Dream

10. In Memoriam

Bonus: Däischter Gedanken

Recorded at UNISON Studios (Tom Gatti)


Musical production and additional vocals on „Black Cat“ & „Valley of Unrest“: Adam Denlinger


Special Thanks to Hannah Noack (vocal coaching)


The Project "Don't be Poe"

Music, Literature & Mental Health

by Shadows' Night asbl

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