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The Creepy Package I Got Thanks to 'The Following'

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My Friday night started much like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven:" "Once upon a midnight dreary (or about 9pm), while I pondered weak and weary (I was getting over a cold) Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore (or television) ... Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door (it was the doorbell.)"

Anyway, so someone is at the door late on Friday night, and we weren't expecting anyone. My husband goes to the door. No one there. He goes onto the porch. There is a long pause before he comes inside with a large box. "Alyse, I think this is a promo for you... I hope it's a promo."

Sure enough, this large head-sized box, covered with Poe's writings, was a promo - for Fox's The Following, starring Kevin Bacon. And sure enough, there was a head inside - or rather, a terrifying mask of Edgar Allen Poe, along with a cordial black "invitation" that contained the DVD screener of the show. According to a note in the box (sadly, not scrawled maniacally, but typed on official Fox letterhead) informed me that this mask features prominently in upcoming episodes. Enjoy the "unboxing" below.

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The Following is about a serial killer, Joe Carroll, who taught literature before changing careers to become a murderer. He killed 14 girls, all as an ode to Edgar Allen Poe, before he was caught and put on death row. As The Following opens, Carroll has escaped prison, and former FBI agent Ryan Hardy - who captured Carroll the first time around - is brought in to consult on the case. The Following premieres January 21st on Fox.

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