'Poe Toaster' has gone the way of the raven: Nevermore

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It seems a decades-long tradition has gone the way of the raven: nevermore.

    Every year on Edgar Allen Poe's birthday, Jan. 19, fans would gather after midnight and stand outside the grounds of Westminster Cemetery hoping to catch a glimpse of the 'Poe Toaster'.

    2014 marks the fifth year the toaster failed to show up. After the visitor failed to appear in 2010 and 2011, Poe fans said they would hold one last vigil before calling an end to the tradition in 2012.

    The tributes of an anonymous man in black with a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat, who leaves three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe's original grave on the writer's birthday, are thought to date to least the 1940s.

    The gothic master's tales of the macabre still connect with readers more than 200 years after his birth, including his most famous poem, "The Raven," and short stories such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is considered the first modern detective story.

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