The Rime of the Postmodern Mariner

More ramblings of Rhys Hughes.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Results of Poe-Themed Competition

Here is a list of all 13 Poe references in the photo competition I ran last week. The competition was run partly to help promote my new Plutonian Parodies chapbook (pictured here). Before coming up with that title for the chapbook I toyed with various other titles including Twisted Poenail Clippings, Poe Jamming, Poe Go Sticks, Poe Curling Tales and Everything but the Ghoul. Fortunately I didn't choose any of those!

(1) Torch ('The Fall of the House of Usher' -- ushers in cinemas carry torches)
(2 & 3) Toy Lion ('Lionizing' and 'A Tale of the Ragged Mountains' -- the pun on the word 'tail' makes this one a cheat: also a fact that the toy is a fox and not a lion, but he looks like a lion)
(4) Bag of Salt ('The Oblong Box')
(5 & 6) Bottle with Rolled Up Papers Stuffed into Neck ('The Cask of Amontillado' and 'MS. Found in a Bottle')
(7) Two Non-Parallel Lines ('The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall')
(8) Model Cottage ('Landor's Cottage')
(9) Oval Portrait ('The Oval Portrait')
(10) Four Headed Creature ('Four Beasts in One')
(11) Map of Jerusalem ('A Tale of Jerusalem')
(12 & 13) Inverted Skeleton on Thread ('The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'King Pest')
(14) And now for the trickiest reference of all: the fact that I said there were only 13 references whereas in fact there are 14, the 14th being 'Mystification' which is a non-reference and therefore not even in the photograph (which is why it's so mystifying). I can't imagine that anyone could ever get this reference; and in fact nobody did. It was another cheat!

Many thanks to all who participated in this competition! Ross Warren got the most correct answers; and Steve Lockley got the fewest!


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