Edgar Allen Poe

It’s one of Edgar Allan Poe’s spookiest poem’s — and it’s even spookier when it’s recited by Nico.

In a strange 10-minute video, the Velvet Underground singer recites a disturbing poem about walking on a dark October night, on the one-year anniversary of the death of the lost Ulalume. Someone’s spliced together the audio with eerie footage from a Kenneth Anger movie.

And there’s also a lost last verse to the poem. (Poe originally wrote Ulalume as an elocution exercise, then decided it was also a hauntingly beautiful poem!)

You can get a more detailed description of the mystery on Wikipedia. Here’s the report from the Baltimore Sun:

Poe Mystery VisitorA longtime tribute to Edgar Allan Poe may have come to an end with the absence of the “Poe Toaster,” who for more than half a century has marked the poet’s birthday by laying roses and a bottle of cognac at his original grave site.

This is the first time since Jan. 19, 1949 that the person, whose identity is unknown, failed to arrive, said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House.

“I was very annoyed,” he said. “I’ve been doing this since 1977, and there was no indication he wasn’t going to show up,” Jerome said.

The curator said the toaster usually arrives between midnight and 5:30 a.m. He said he arrived at Westminster Hall at 10:30 p.m., because one year the toaster left his offerings at 11:30 p.m.

He sometimes kneels at the tombstone or puts his hands on it, Jerome said. “There’s no elaborate ceremony — it’s very short and touching,” he said.