Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Catch Masque of the Red Death on Saturday 4 June at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe used to live in Stoke Newington, north London? Well, in honor of the former N16 resident, a day of celebrations is being held on Saturday June 4 to coincide with the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

Highlights of the day that is being organised by the Flicker Club film society include a bust of Edgar Allan Poe being unveiled by Stephen Berkoff at the Reformed Fox pub on Stoke Newington Church Street (the site of Manor House School which Poe attended from 1818 to 1820 which he was aged nine), and a panel discussion on the American writer’s work and his legacy led by award-winning authors Stephen Jones, Christopher Fowler, Pat Cadigan, Nicholas Royle and Kim Newman.

Other events include a screening of Steven Berkoff’s Tell Tale Heart introduced by Berkoff himself, an exhibition of Poe memorabilia at the Stoke Newington Town Hall, and a rare screening of Roger Corman’s 1964 classic horror, Masque of the Red Death, as a tribute to the film’s star, Vincent Price, on the centenary of his birth. Those attending the film (which starts at 9pm at the Town Hall) will also get the chance to lay their hands on copies of the specially recreated film poster featured above, which has been designed by artist Emma Molony.

More more detailed information, check out The Flicker Club website.

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