Before we read the works of Edgar Allan Poe, it is important to understand his complex background. Poe experienced many personal losses and much animosity throughout his life, and these experiences left a permanent mark on his psyche and emotional well being. If his literary works are a picture into his mind, it is safe to say that it was a dark and dreary place filled with fantastical characters and grandiose plots. Perhaps, the things nightmares are made of! This flip book activity introduces young readers to Poe's life and literature.