A long time ago,I wrote a rather unfavorable review of author Bischoff's Alien novels. Mister Bischoff took the time to respond to my comments, and I was impressed to find an author who at least reads what his readers have to say. Given that, when I managed to pick up a copy of Quoth the Crow, I decided to give it a fair chance, not letting either of his Aliens books bias me. And I must admit, while slow paced, while not perfect ... I liked it. Now I have just come off a old horror kick, re-reading many classics by Poe, Lovecraft, Stoker and the like, so it was nice to see so many references to them. Also, many of my friends exist in the Goth subculture discribed in the books (where similar clothing, listen to same music, read Sandman...), which was an extra hoot. And the story is surprisingly solid, with a likable central figue in the form of William Blessing. One odd note though, while a good author, the constant mentioning of Dean Knootz distracted me, as he is not a Gothic fantasy/horror writer, though mentions of my own favourite author (Clive Barker,) sort of dispelled this distraction for me. And Mister Bischoff, if you are still out there, let me know what you think.