Wednesday (Jan. 19) marks the 202nd anniversary of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe‘s birth.
Poe is buried in a Baltimore cemetery, where for 60 years an anonymous visitor has left roses and cognac at his tombstone — apparently so that he can celebrate his special day from six feet under.
Sadly, the gift-bearing “Poe Toaster” did not show up for the second year in a row.
Fans waited up all night on Tues. in hopes of seeing the annual visitor, but to no avail. Jeff Jerome, the Poe museum curator, ended the vigil around 5 am after several impostors tried to get in on the tradition.
No word on who the mysterious “Toaster” is, or why they haven’t shown up.
“I will be here in 2012, but that will be it,” Jerome told the Baltimore Sun of the annual vigil. “If he’s a no-show, I will officially pronounce the tradition dead.”
Are we the only ones thinking how creepy (but appropriate) this is?
Poe penned such classics as “The Telltale Heart,” “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.”