No doubt the Edgar Awards nominations are announced today for a reason, and the fact that it's the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe is it. I published a Poe pastiche years ago, and I had a fine time writing it. He was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and in college I read through a volume of the "complete stories." Some clinkers, for sure, but some of them are still fun to read.
And while you're celebrating, don't forget my fellow Texan Patricia Highsmith. Most people don't think of her as a Texan, but she was born in Ft. Worth. You can't get any more Texan than that.