Additional Contributors

During the early stages of this project, creator Wally Coberg was supported by several consultants who contributed significantly to his efforts to write, submit and ultimately secure the original NEH Development Grant that helped launch the project.  Among them were:







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The Team

Executive Producers 

Production Team 

Advisory Team 

Additional Contributors

During the early stages of this project, creator Wally Coberg was supported by several consultants who contributed significantly to his efforts to write, submit and ultimately secure the original NEH Development Grant that helped launch this project.  Among them were:











WALLY COBERG, in Memoriam, 1948-2011 (Creator & Writer)

This project is dedicated to the legacy of Wally Coberg who died suddenly November 18, 2011 of a heart attack. He was at the time working on this film, a lifelong passion and pursuit. Wally was an award-winning designer and filmmaker. On stage his work has been seen in theatres nationwide, including Center Stage, Louisville Ballet, New York City Opera, as well as at the Virginia, Baltimore and Boston Operas. On the road audiences saw his sets for Dial 'M' for Murder starring Roddy McDowall, and on ice as part of Walt Disney's Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. He designed three productions in Las Vegas, while in the area of theme design created environments for Busch Gardens Tampa and Williamsburg, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Hollywood. He was the Assistant Designer to the Vienna State Opera and Salzburg Festival, as well as Resident Designer of The Opera Company of Boston. His knowledge of Christmas has been on display in retail centers around the world, as well as in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City productions of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Rockettes. As a filmmaker, his award-winning dramatic short, Incident, was seen on PBS and at the Kennedy Center, while his screenplay, Death Masque, was optioned by Martin Scorsese. As an educator he taught at Towson University, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University. A recipient of two Marcella Brenner Research Grants, Coberg also received a State of Maryland Governor's Citation for his commitment to preserving and promoting the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.


ERIC STANGE (Producer, Writer, Director) is the Executive Producer of Spy Pond Productions. An award-winning independent documentary film producer, director, and writer who specializes in cultural and social history, his work has been broadcast on PBS, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Public television credits include The War That Made America, a dramatized documentary about the French and Indian War; Murder at Harvard, an "historical who-dunnit," that explores the process of historical inquiry through a compelling murder story (for American Experience).  He has been a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial board of Common-Place, a web journal on early American history, and a visiting fellow with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.


JENNIFER PEARCE (Producer) is a freelance producer whose credits include  ‘WE SHALL REMAIN: Trail of Tears” for PBS’s American Experience,  “ The Great Famine” also for American Experience, “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” for the PBS’s American Masters and “The Most Dangerous Woman in America” for NOVA as well as the four-part series for PBS, “The War That Made America.”  She enjoys the collaborative process of filmmaking, every project is truly a group effort from smart, creative and dedicated people.  She believes a good documentary can educate, entertain and inspire people to think and feel differently about themselves and the world around us.


BOYD ESTUS (Producer & Director of Photography) is a Director of Photography and Producer/ Director whose credits include the Academy Award-winning The Flight of the Gossamer Condor and the Academy Award nominee Eight Minutes to Midnight as well as many Emmy-winning television productions. His recent productions include Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women;' Woody Guthrie: I Ain't Got No Home (American Masters); At Home in Utopia (Independent Lens); Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, Doctors' Diaries and Japan's Killer Quake (NOVA); Murder at Harvard, Annie Oakley, and Houdini (American Experience).


PETER RHODES (Editor) is a veteran editor who was trained at the BBC in London. He works in a broad variety of styles, ranging from cinema verite to historic re-creations to children’s films (which he also produces and directs.) Since moving to the United States in 1986 he has accumulated more than 50 credits for films that have appeared on PBS, the BBC and at major film festivals.

JAMES M. HUTCHISSON is a professor of American literature and southern studies at The Citadel. He is a specialist in 19th and 20th century American literature and has written widely on many American authors, and, most recently, on southern writers. He is the author of Poe, a critical biography of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and The World of Porgy and Bess. He is presently at work on a collection of original essays about Poe's writings and a history of Charleston during the Jazz Age.


J. GERALD KENNEDY is William A. Read Professor of English at Louisiana State University and former Chair of the English department. He is author of Poe, Death and the Life of Writing, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and the Abyss of Interpretation, as well as co-editor of Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race and A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. He is also the author of French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad and Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity.


RICHARD KOPLEY is a Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State DuBois and former president of the Poe Studies Association and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, is the author of Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries, The Threads of "The Scarlet Letter", and a variety of articles on Poe and Hawthorne. He is also the editor of Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations, Prospects for the Study of American Literature, and Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. He co-edited the second volume of Prospects, co-edits Resources for American Literary Study, and is co-editing Poe Writing / Writing Poe.


PAUL LEWIS is a professor of English at Boston College who specializes in literary Boston; American Literature: 1790-1860 and Gothic fiction. Lewis is the vice president of the Poe Studies Association, chairman of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., a member of the editorial board of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, and the neologist who coined the word Frankenfood.


TRACY MATTHEW MELTON is author of the critically acclaimed Hanging Henry Gambrill: The Violent Career of Baltimore’s Plug Uglies, 1854-1860. He is also the author of several scholarly articles on Baltimore and Maryland history and is currently working on an exploration of swashbuckling Wall Street financier Thomas Fortune Ryan as well as a forthcoming biography of Baltimore political boss Isaac Rasin. Melton was in the PhD. program at the University of Maryland and studied historical writing under Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Louis Harlan. He has taught Baltimore history at area universities and lectured on the Plug Uglies and violence in nineteenth-century America.


MATTHEW PEARL is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Dickens, The Dante Club, and The Poe Shadow, and is the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. The Dante Club has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries around the world. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


SCOTT PEEPLES is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies at the College of Charleston He has published two books on Edgar Allan Poe and several essays on nineteenth-century American literature. He currently serves as co-editor of the journal Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation; and as editor of the book series Literary Criticism in Perspective (Camden House). His current scholarship focuses on Civil War literature and cultural trauma.


HARRY LEE POE is the president of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. In 2009 he won the Edgar Award for his book Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories. Descended from William Poe, the cousin of Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Poe has gained an international reputation for his lectures on Edgar Poe. During Edgar Poe's bicentennial in 2009, Dr. Poe placed his personal Edgar Allan Poe collection on exhibit in a number of major libraries in the United States and at the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Poe lives in Jackson, Tennessee where he holds the Charles Colson Chair of Faith and Culture at Union University. Besides his work on Poe, Dr. Poe has published fourteen other books; including works on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.


DAVID S. REYNOLDS is a leading American critic and historian, and the author of Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson. His previous books include John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights; Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography, and Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville. He is also the author or editor of nine other books and has written many articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He has been interviewed on TV and radio countless times. A Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the PhD Program in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), he is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.


JEFFERY A. SAVOYE is the Secretary and Treasurer of The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. A noted Poe scholar, he is an honorary member of the Poe Studies Association and recipient of the James Gargano and Patrick F. Quinn awards for his tireless research. He has published dozens of articles, many in the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Review. In association with Burton Pollin, Savoye has recently published an authoritative New Edition of Poe's Letters. The Society’s website—which Savoye created and is the webmaster for—is an acknowledge source of accurate and reliable information about the poet.


CHRIS SEMTNER is an internationally exhibited artist living in Virginia and currently serves as Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond. He recently served as curator of the Library of Virginia's blockbuster exhibit Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, as well as for The Incredible Mr. Poe, the first-ever survey of Poe's presence in comics and graphic novels. His paintings are held in many private and public collections including those of the University of Maryland and the City of Baltimore, while his photographs and illustrations have appeared in several publications, including London's Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post. Semtner has served as editor for two biographies of Poe and has published numerous short stories and articles.