Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore ...
Hey, if Sherlock Holmes can be reinvented as a two-fisted pugilist that looks a lot like Tony Stark, why not turn one of America's most notorious morose and tortured writers into an action star? Edgar Allan Poe makes alcoholism and self-loathing look positively dashing (via John Cusack) in "The Raven," director James McTeigue's meta-thriller in which the writer finds himself smack dab in the middle of a murder case inspired by his own flights of fancy.
Poe himself is almost as legendary as his gothic poems and stories, a seemingly constantly melancholy, haunted and dark figure that wrestled with poverty and personal demons until he died at the age of 40. Such a tragic — and, in many ways, romantic — man/myth can certainly inspire what Shakespeare referred to as "improbable fiction" — and that's often the kind of fiction that's the most fun.
Enter the mind of Edgar Allan Poe and take a peek behind the curtain of "The Raven" with our exclusive clip from the Blu-ray and DVD, which hits store shelves on Oct. 9. And beware the rapping at your chamber door!