About this project
FINAL UNLOCKED REWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We need your help to be able to make that donation to the children's literacy program "READ BOSTON" and this is a great way to do it!
Quoth The Raven Sterling Pendant
Designer Allison Hourcade of NYC jewelry brand RockLove has created for us a special 'The Raven'-inspired necklace that will stop any Poe fan in their tracks. Spanning a dramatic two inches in solid sterling silver, the raven head and quill pendant hangs from a thick black greek leather cord with adjustable slide knot. Embossed on the reverse, the our beloved genius' epitaph: Quote the Raven, "Nevermore."
We have teamed up with RockLove to offer a limited pre-release of only FIVE of these handmade sterling necklaces - which will be entirely unavailable anywhere until the end of this year!
SIX NAMES ADDED TO "FOREVERMORE" REWARD LEVEL!!!!
You asked for it and we listened! There is now room for six more names on the bronze plaque and ONLY SIX!!!!!!!!! A lot of you have asked if there was any way we could make room for YOU and here's your chance! We REALLY want to make a donation to "READ BOSTON" which is the children's literacy program in Massachusetts and this is the best way that we can do it.
Be immortalized forever in the Boston Public Library by showing folks that not only did YOU help to put a bronze bust of Poe in the library, but you also helped the kids by investing in their future!
NEW REWARD UNLOCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE NEVERMORE PORTRAIT: This incredibly beautiful and haunting portrait was taken by legendary LA rock photographer Ward Boult of Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe during the original run of the "Nevermore" production. A beautiful 8" by 10" sepia toned print signed by Jeffrey Combs himself can be hanging on your wall or framed near your Poe books and ephemera, PLUS the limited edition postcard!!!!! Honestly, how can you live without this? if you're a fan of all thing Poe and all things horror, then this is for YOU!!!!
Grab it while you can because once they're gone....THEY'RE GONE!!!!
STRETCH GOAL: $35,000.00
Our first stretch goal will help us to make a donation to Boston's premiere children's literacy program: READ BOSTON!
As we did with the H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, we donated funds to help provide for the needs of the children of Rhode Island to discover new authors. This time we're sharing the love with the children of Boston in hopes that they might discover the works of Poe or authors that might resonate with each of them.
Help us give back to our future, won't you?
Do it for the kids.
NEW REWARD UNLOCKED!!!!!
The perfect Poe accouterment for those graveyard jaunts among the lonely bones and the shrouded stones! These 100% cotton hoodies are stylish and comfortable! Black with the classic Poe logo on the back. Wear to horror conventions, digging through your favorite bookstore or on a romantic first date with another melancholy Poe lover like yourself! Made by our dear friends at Fast Custom Shirts. We're only releasing 20 of these, so when they're gone, they're GONE!
Get yours now!!!!!!!!
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 and in the 200 years since his death, he's become the icon of gothic literature, the father of detective fiction and a heavy hitter in the American Romantic Movement of mysteries, pioneering the way for many other authors to come.
His classic tales of the macabre are now recognizable by the titles alone, including The Black Cat, The Tell Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and of course, the landmark work of poetry... The Raven.
The name Edgar Allan Poe has since become synonymous with a standard of excellence in which all other efforts in his singular literary genre have become measured by...
Housing nearly 22 million volumes, the Boston Public Library, located at Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts, opened around the time of Poe's death in 1849. It is the largest and oldest public library in the United States, seeing millions of visitors every year. The architecture of the McKim Building alone is one of the most elegant structures ever created, and houses an art collection of paintings and sculptures second to none. The staff of the Boston Public Library has partnered with the bust project team to accept our bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe for an unveiling in the prestigious Abbey Room on the evening of October 30th; it's here that the culmination of our efforts will take place.
In August of last year, a group of dedicated Lovecraft fans and I unveiled a bronze bust of HP Lovecraft in the beautiful Providence Athenaeum Library located in Rhode Island. It was an evening to remember, and only made possible by hundreds of fans all across the world. Many people worked tirelessly for months and we exceeded our financial goal on Kickstarter by double the amount, which also allowed us to make a donation to the Children's Literacy Program in Providence. Nearly 700 rewards levels were sent out during the fundraiser and we successfully called the project "Mission Accomplished!"
THE POE BUST:
Since the phenomenal success of the Lovecraft bust project, we've had the opportunity to do it again with the city of Poe's birth, Boston, Massachusetts, and we need YOUR help. We've put together a great package of incentives just for you, from DVDs, books, posters, t-shirts, collectible figurines, and fantastic art. As he did on the HP Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, Graham Humphreys has outdone himself yet again with an incredible piece of poster art that's defined the look of this project. I've partnered with filmmaker and producer Izzy Lee as well as a great team of dedicated Poe fans driving this effort; we're pleased to announce that as part of the celebration surrounding the Poe bust unveiling, our dear friend Jeffrey Combs has enthusiastically agreed to perform his highly acclaimed one-man show, "NEVERMORE: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe," on the night after the unveiling at the Somerville Theatre. Halloween and Poe; the perfect combination.
In addition, Jeffrey will provide a casting of his hand to be included as part of the actual bust sculpture itself to serve as Poe's right hand resting on his lapels. There isn't a more emblematic actor today than Jeffrey Combs to provide the hand of Poe in a sculpture that will last throughout the ages.
We've got a great group of sponsors, but we still need YOU, the Poe fans, to kick this project into high gear. We have the honor of Anchor Bay Entertainment providing signed DVD copies of the Masters of Horror episode of The Black Cat directed by our dear friend Stuart Gordon, digital subscriptions to Rue Morgue, the epitome of horror entertainment in print, jewelry by our friends at Alchemy Gothic, magazines, and audio plays by Mark Redfield of Poe Forevermore, and signed copies of the best-selling novel Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, kindly donated to us by Simon and Schuster Books. We hope you'll join our esteemed sponsors by donating to help us with costly items like the bronze casting, bronze plaque, custom pedestal, and many other expenditures that are required on a project of this magnitude.
The unveiling is scheduled for October 30th in the historic Abbey Room of the McKim Building at the Boston Public Library. Speakers that night will include Professor Paul Lewis of Boston College's English department, who curated an excellent exhibition of original Poe materials at the Boston Public Library in 2009; Eve Griffin of the Boston Public Library; myself; and of course, our dear friend Jeffrey Combs. Jeff will be on hand to help unveil the bust of Poe in his own inimitable style, in addition to performing a special performance of his incredible one man performance of "Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe" at the Somerville Theater in Boston the following evening.
Remember, while we can do our best to put together a great event for you fellow Poe fans, we can't do it without YOUR help. So, as Poe himself would have said, without YOU, our efforts to preserve his legacy will be... NEVERMORE.
We'll see YOU in Boston this Halloween!
And many, many more!
MEET THE PROJECT TEAM!
Bryan Moore began his sculpting career like many monster-obsessed youths by working in the film industry and churning out work in countless horror films with numbers after the titles, from the original "Tales from the Darkside" TV series to big budget films like the "Underworld" series. During this time, he enjoyed an apprenticeship in Italy under the sculptor Fabrizzi Alatore doing restorative work on the remains of monks for the Celebrated Cemetery of the Cappucin Friars in Rome. He also lived in Tokyo sculpting miniatures for several amusement parks there.
Shortly after much of the FX work in film shifted to computer technology, he entered the toy industry, becoming a staff sculptor at Mattel Toys for five years, sculpting everything from Buzz Lightyear action figures to endless amounts of Barbie shoes and accessories. A stint at Upper Deck Sports Collectibles followed sculpting many sports icons from Babe Ruth to Kevin Garnett.
Moore now enjoys his true passion of sculpting private commissions and seems to have created an unintentional niche for himself as one who celebrates the Devil in art, his limited editions of occult icons often selling out immediately.
In August of 2013, he had the pleasure of working with a talented team to bring a life-size bronze bust of noted horror author HP Lovecraft to the Providence Athenaeum Library, as well as making a donation to the Children's Literacy Program as part of the project. The extraordinary success of this led to enthusiastic response of creating a life-size bust of Edgar Allan Poe to the city of Boston for the Boston Public Library to be unveiled on October 30, 2014.
Izzy Lee is a director/producer/writer of horror films, and has been a programmer for the Boston Underground and Boston Sci-Fi festivals, as well as the former marketing director for the Viscera and Etheria film festivals. She has written for the world’s leading horror magazines Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and Diabolique. These experiences segued into directing and producing short films, especially horror and revenge stories. Her films have played festivals such as PollyGrind, Horrible Imaginings, BUFF, MassIndie, and her film "Legitimate" played with Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem and Ti West's The Sacrament. She is currently in pre-production for several projects, including a short film starring Kasey Landsdale. Keep up with her at www.nihilnoctem.com.
Graham is known for illustrating U.K. movie campaigns such as Dream Demon, Basket Case, The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, A Nightmare On Elm Street parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Creepers (Phenomena), and Santa Sangre. He has also worked in close association with The Creative Partnership, a film promotion company based in Soho, London, where he illustrated and designed campaigns and posters including Life is Sweet, Erik the Viking, and the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriquez collaboration From Dusk 'til Dawn. He also designed the logo and stationery for a previous incarnation of Hammer Films Production Company.
Graham has also designed for such campaigns as Takashi Miike's Audition, Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Party Monster, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's re-release of El Topo. More recently, he worked on Grindhouse Trailers volumes 1 - 4, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, and Video Nasties: Draconian Days. Work with Arrow Films includes Frankenhooker, Slaughter High, and The Fall Of The House Of Usher, as well as Witchfinder General, Blood On Satan’s Claw, The Asphyx, and The Woman In Black special limited-edition classic Hammer poster.
Current work includes commissions from the British Film Institute (DVD covers for archive releases of classic Children's Film Foundation films, and a new poster for a the1930’s classic A Farewell To Arms’), cover art for limited-edition vinyl releases of cult soundtracks (including Zombie Flesh Eaters, House By The Cemetery, and City Of The Living Dead, and The Beyond.
Graham was delighted to be involved in The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, and now The Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project. Halloween 2015, a special limited edition book will showcase his genre illustration work is to be launched with a major exhibition of work in London’s Camden Town.
Anthony Penta met Bryan Moore at the 1998 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, where they were both screening film adaptations of Lovecraft's work. Anthony holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin and is a video producer and video production teacher in Boston.
A freelance composer, arranger, and performer, Clark's works for concert band and wind ensemble are published and distributed worldwide. Recent recording releases include the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre production of H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West: Reanimator, and a collaborative CD project with three other American composers entitled Out of the Aeons: Music from a New Dark Age. Clark’s movie, Lovecraft Paragraphs, was screened to acclaim at the 2009 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. His short Midnight, The Stars and Lovecraft premiered at the same festival in May, 2012. He scored Clarke M. Smith’s short film Crazy Joe and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre production of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
He provided music for Dan Baines’ new illusion A Book at Midnight for Lebanon Circle Magic Prop & Illusion Design, London, UK. Other recent theatre work includes a score for Theatre Banshee’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and music for their production of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, both directed by Sean Branney. His music has also featured prominently on the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast (hppodcraft.com).
Risks and challenges
Having run an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter project before with the H. P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, I learned a lot. The most effective tool that the team and I utilized was constant communication with our project backers in the form of updates and video blogs that tracked the progress of the sculpture, casting at the bronze foundry, the installation, and the successful delivery of nearly 700 rewards levels.
While the sculpture and installation of the bust itself was the "easy" part, it was the arduous task of getting all the promised rewards levels to each of the donors. This was a much bigger job than I had realized and it took a while, but every reward level reached its final destination. A few came back due to changed addresses or a damaged shipment, but I stood by my Kickstarter promise, and made good on every single reward level.
We'll be using the same bronze foundry and monument company as we did before. They deliver the goods on time and on budget and the hope is that we'll see many of our same donors back again to support this worthy endeavor.
It is my hope (now that I know the monumental task in front of me!) that the process will now go a lot smoother and that I continue to earn the trust of project backers the same way I did before: constant communication, delivery of product, and an achieved goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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