Maelström Edgar Allen Poe, "A Descent into the Maelström" 1841 Great read A maelstrom (/ˈmeɪlstrɒm/ or /ˈmeɪlstrəm/) is a very powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water. Teaser... - YAY FOR PHOTOBUCKET KILLING THREADS - skip to the end. I'm just pulling down my HTPC, then i'll really kick this build into gear. Not a lot of cash this time around, most of it has been laid out already in the case. Although the centre of the build will be x99.