BALTIMORE — Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer's grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the "Poe Toaster" shall occur nevermore.
Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome said early Thursday that die-hard fans waited inside Westminster Hall for hours past when the tribute bearer normally arrives. But the "Poe Toaster" was a no-show for a third year.
A crowd gathered outside the gates of the churchyard to watch for the mysterious visitor. Jerome says three impersonators appeared, but the real "Poe Toaster" did not.
The tributes of an anonymous man in black, who leaves three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac, are thought to date to least the 1940s.