Being one of the only horror writers still taught in classrooms, Edgar Allan Poe is the gateway for many people into the horror genre. I remember the first time I heard "The Tell-Tale Heart" in my 5th grade classroom, I was immediately sucked into the world of creepy dead things, ordering everything related to murder and ghosts in the scholastic magazines sent home and asking my mother if I could rent Vincent Price movies at the local video store.
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has made Edgar Allan Poe's complete collection of works available on the internet. The digital collection has been launched in accordance with their bicentennial exhibition, “From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.”
The collection includes photographs, manuscripts, letters, books that Poe owned, just to name a few things. They even have Poe's desk on display in their permanent collection which I got to catch a glimpse of a few years ago. The collection is impressive and will surely satisfy even the passing Edgar Allan Poe fan.
"From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe" is on display in Austin, Texas September 8, 2009 - January 3, 2010, but if you can't make it to Texas, check out all the goodies online here.