Phantasmagoria VIII: Poe, Through the Tales Darkly

Phantasmagoria VIII: Poe, Through the Tales Darkly

Phantasmagoria VIII: Poe, Through the Tales Darkly. Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria thunders onto the stage with the newest entry in their long running Halloween main stage series.

Phantasmagoria VIII: Poe, Through the Tales Darkly. Journey with this critically acclaimed troupe as they bring to life the tales and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe through their evocative storytelling, Phantastical dance, explosive stage combat, puppetry, projections, original music and MUCH more!

This Halloween Season

From the haunted stirrings of “The Raven” to the sheer terror of “The Tell Tale Heart”. . . and from the grim tolling of “The Bells” to the bittersweet grieving of “Anabelle Lee” along with a selection of other whimsical, macabre, and terrifying stories and poems, you are invited to celebrate an evening of Poe’s works.  The perfect way to usher in the Halloween season!

  1. Date: October 6–8, 2022
  2. Time: 8 p.m
  3. Tickets from: $35

ORLANDO PREMIERE- The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – October 6th, 7th & 8th (Additional Florida Showings: OCALA – The Reilly Arts Center – October 15th/TAMPA- The Tampa Theatre – October 23rd /DELAND-The Athens Theatre – October 28th & 29th) For ticket links and information please visit

Who Is Poe?

Poe’s best known fiction works are Gothic horror, adhering to the genre’s conventions to appeal to the public taste. His most recurring themes deal with questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning.

Many of his works are generally considered part of the dark romanticism genre, a literary reaction to transcendentalism which Poe strongly disliked. He referred to followers of the transcendental movement as “Frog-Pondians”, after the pond on Boston Common, and ridiculed their writings as “metaphor—run mad,” lapsing into “obscurity for obscurity’s sake” or “mysticism for mysticism’s sake”. Poe once wrote in a letter to Thomas Holley Chivers that he did not dislike transcendentalists, “only the pretenders and sophists among them”.

Beyond Horror

Beyond horror, Poe also wrote satires, humor tales, and hoaxes. For comic effect, he used irony and ludicrous extravagance, often in an attempt to liberate the reader from cultural conformity. “Metzengerstein” is the first story that Poe is known to have published and his first foray into horror, but it was originally intended as a burlesque satirizing the popular genre. Poe also reinvented science fiction, responding in his writing to emerging technologies such as hot air balloons in “The Balloon-Hoax”.

About Phantasmagoria

With its own unique and spectacular blend of storytelling, dance, ensemble work, large scale puppetry, aerial work, fire performance, side show entertainments and stage combat, Phantasmagoria has been wowing critics and audiences alike since its premier. Now in its 13th year of production Phantasmagoria’s main stage and touring productions offer stories taken from century’s old literature of horror and the macabre, folklore, and legend, while their appearances and special events charm with a professional variety of circus, side show and theatrical flair!

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