But what does all this mean to those who are unfamiliar with Poe; who, like Bart Simpson, think "anything" is scarier than the ambient "nothingness" of Poe's nineteenth century cadences? It means they are being left out without even knowing it. Poe could be the very foundation of a beloved story, film, song, or comic. You yourself could be missing out on some important allusions, but more importantly you could be missing out on your imagination's potential. If anything can be said about Poe, it is that he understood the importance of dreams—not in a somnambulant, Freudian sense, but in a waking sense. Poe's life was a hard one, and many believe the way that he coped with death, poverty, and isolation was by relying on his thoughts for escape. He can show you where lie the trapdoors, just as he has been showing readers, scholars, and artists for 200 years.