Anyone who knows me knows I have a little crush on John Cusack. From Better Off Dead to Grosse Pointe Blank to Being John Malkovich, he has not only shown he's a terrific actor, but he looked cute doing it, too. It almost, but only almost, makes me forgive him for America's Sweethearts and Hot Tub Time Machine. Ugh.So what does this have to do with books? Well, Mr. Cusack is about to meet Mr. Poe in the upcoming film The Raven. As Edgar Allan Poe in his last days, Cusack investigates a series of murders that appear to be based on the plot points of each of Poe's books. The Pit and the Pendulum ought to give you an idea of how that could play out. I still remember the nightmare I had after reading The Cask of Amontillado.
Poe was an amazingly prolific writer, producing dozens of short stories, poems, and even a play, all while supposedly drug-addled. All that material would give a killer a lot of scenarios to deal with when planning nefarious deeds.
The movie appears to have the same steam-punk, darkly dramatic look that we saw in the recent Sherlock movies. So I'm marking my calendar for March 9, ready to see Cusack at the top of his game again (hopefully).
Click here to see the trailer for The Raven.