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A famous 19th Century author and poet – known for delving into the mysterious and the macabre – is coming to Chatham just in time for Halloween.

Edgar Allan Poe, played by Clair Culliford of The Veranda Presents, will read from two of his works, including the poem “The Raven” and his most horrific story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” along with a brief biography of the writer.

Three free performances of the one-hour reading will be held at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen St. Chatham, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Poe is considered to be one of the earliest practitioners of the American short story and is hailed as the inventor of detective fiction and a significant early writer of science fiction.

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