First, a free film festival will take place at the Community Theatre, 1431 S. 25th St., Terre Haute, Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m., with a showing of "The Masque of the Red Death."
The event will be followed by a discussion of Poe's work headed by Sharon Russell, a retired professor of Communications at Indiana State University and an internationally published author in the field of horror literature.
At approximately 3 p.m., "The Fall of the House of Usher," will be shown. Both films feature the late Vincent Price.
The second event will take place at 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, as attendees will have the opportunity to spend a "spine-tingling" hour with Poe at the Vigo County Public Library as he recounts the tormented true tales of his life and how they led to his classic tales of terror.
Brian "Fox" Ellis, or in this case, Edgar Allan Poe, is an author and professional storyteller. He is Artistic Director for the Prairie Folklore Theatre, a regional theatre that tours throughout the Midwest.
Ellis has written, produced and directed 18 musicals that celebrate regional history.
He will recite, "The Raven," and "The Tell-Tale Heart," as well as some of Poe's lesser-known works.
An evening performance will also take place at 6:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time) at the Marshall Public Library in Illinois.
This is the fifth Big Read grant the Vigo County Public Library has received. Both programs are free and no reservations are needed.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.
For more program information, log on to www.vigo.lib.in.us.