A surprisingly succinct haunted house hint was dropped today on the official Facebook page for Howl-O-Scream, the annual Halloween event at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. It seems that the classic stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe will be lending inspiration to one of the new haunts for this year’s occasion.
The hint reads:
THIS JUST IN! I just found out what one of the *new* haunted houses is for 2011, and it’s going to be absolutely off the hook. Picture an experience inspired by some of the most psychologically thrilling stories of all time… a terrifying journey ripped from the pages of THE master of gothic horror. For true terror fans, it just doesn’t GET anymore Halloween than that!!
While the hint doesn’t explicitly reveal the haunted house theme as being the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the comments that follow strongly indicate it as such. Many fans replied suggesting that Poe is the topic at hand, to which Howl-O-Scream officials responded, “A couple of you have the right idea! Where’s Annabel Lee when you need her for a tiebreaker?”
“Annabel Lee” was Edgar Allan Poe’s final poem.
Poe’s most famous spooky tales that would be perfect for a haunted house include “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” among many more. And with the Hollywood slasher film “The Raven” currently in production, it’s a timely addition to the Halloween event as well.
The full reveal of Howl-O-Scream 2011 won’t likely be until August, but hints continue to trickle out in the meantime. It’s worth noting that the above post also mentions that this Poe house will be “one” of the new houses, implying there will be more than one.