Blogging my way through a MOOC. :-)
Hi Laura, I'm a student on that same Coursera course (and I am currently re-learning the same lesson about arguing on the internet) and I just wanted to get in touch and thank you, because your short story and all the vitriol around it has made me re-visit an old interest in the 'canon' of literature, and the grand traditions of re-interpretation and adaptation. Also: I thought it was a neat story ;).
Thank you for your note! I really enjoyed writing that story (I felt terrible about killing the baby, but Poe made me do it, if you see what I mean... and it gave me a sense of shock value that just reading the Poe story hadn't achieved!) - and I truly was encouraged by the positive feedback I got from the peer reviewers. I had no idea about the kind of response I would get at the discussion board - but if sharing the story ended up valuable for anyone, then it's worth the vitriol, ha ha. I wonder if people will accuse Ray Bradbury of just "copying" Poe when they get to his version of Fall of the House of Usher! :-)