Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of the most influential writers of the nineteenth century and among the most important figures in American letters. He perfected the modern short story, and such works of his as “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” are acknowledged as masterpieces of the form. Although his name is synonymous with tales of horror and the macabre, he also wrote satires and literary criticism, and is credited with having written the first modern detective tale. His distinguished poetry includes the classic, “The Raven.”
Mark Summers is an award-winning illustrator whose work appears regularly in The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and Time magazine. Recipient of the prestigious Hamilton King Award, he is also the illustrator of Moby-Dick, Gulliver’s Travels, and A Christmas Carol. He currently lives in Ontario with his wife and daughter.
Neil Gaiman first came to fame as the writer of the Sandman series of graphic novels; since then he’s written such award-winning novels for adults as American Gods and Anansi Boys, and for children, such books as Coraline. He sometimes writes screenplays, picture books, and poems. He’s in his late forties, owns two black leather jackets, and occasionally grows a beard.