nEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre. Neo-Gothic fiction inspired by the imagination of Edgar Allan Poe Paperback – Aug. 14 2015
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- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1770530850
- Item Weight : 281 g
- ISBN-10 : 1770530851
- Product Dimensions : 13.87 x 1.83 x 21.69 cm
- Publisher : EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (Aug. 14 2015)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"Poe accomplished what only the greatest writers are capable of achieving: the creation of a world. His was a world of twisty tales and dark comeuppances, his people haunted by the past and love denied. And this is what you'll also find in nEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre, a world of its own authored by a talented crew who have fallen under Poe's spell and brought chilling and distinctive documents back with them. Pleasures abound."
— Andrew Pyper, author of The Damned and The Demonologist
"nEvermore! is not a collection for the faint-hearted, but it is one for the fans of Edgar Allen Poe, or for his style at least, of macabre tales, murder, and mystery. Most of the tales are linked to, or inspired by, one of Poe's stories and are quite varied. Recommended for those who enjoy the gothic fiction genre.
— CM Magazine
2016 Aurora Award nominee
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There’s a wide range of writers that have contributed to this book; big names like Margaret Atwood and Kelley Armstrong are mixed in with many I’ve never heard of, but this variety made the collection so much better. The editors clearly knew what they were doing because they made the book accessible to Poe fans and newbies alike. There’s a really informative introduction about Poe’s history and life before you dive in, and each story begins with a note from the author about how Poe inspired them or their story. It’s in these little blurbs that we learn the fascinating tidbit that Atwood’s story was actually written when she was young-as if she couldn’t get anymore impressive!
Although I’m a Poe fan, I can’t say I’ve read a ton of his work, so keep that in mind while you read this review. For people who have read every single thing he ever wrote, they may find this collection tedious just because the stories tend to follow quite closely what he wrote. That being said fair-weather fans like me will be sure to enjoy the book because it’s everything we imagine Poe’s writings to be: creepy and Gothic with lots of plot twists!
“That's not true.” I nodded at my suitcase. “You gave me a book of Poe.”
The lurid green cover of A Golden Illustrated Classic: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe had beckoned from the moment I dropped my suitcase on the floor of Beryl's guest room. Just as she gave me her treasured volume, so has Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing brought us nEvermore!, an anthology inspired by Poe and edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, and so I decided to read each story in nEvermore! In conjunction with the Poe tale that preceded it.
The chapters of nEvermore! span times and settings from 19th century England to modern day United States. Some, like "The Masques of Amanda Llado" by Thomas Roche, are contemporary retellings with strong echoes of their forebear - although, in Amanda Llado's case, a retelling with a twist. Others, like “"Finding Ulalume" by Lisa Morton, describe what happened after Poe’s tale ends or take the viewpoint of a different character than his protagonists. For example, “Street of the Dead House” by Robert Lopresti does an excellent job of expressing the childish bewilderment of the ape from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, while “Annabel Lee” by Nancy Holder explains how the pitiful, pitiless heroine came to her crypt by the sea.
“Annabel Lee” also reflects Poe’s preoccupation with the uncertain boundaries between life and death, a key theme in classics such as “Berenice” and “The Premature Burial”. In nEvermore!, the tale that most clearly relates to this theme is “The Deave Lane” by Michael Jecks, who achieved his stated goal of bringing “a little of [Dartmoor’s] atmosphere to these pages”. Several others in this anthology, notably Barbara Fradkin in “The Lighthouse” and David Morrell in “The Opium-Eater”, also follow Poe’s tradition of what Jecks calls “thoughtful, highly creative atmospheric stories”.
The quality of writing was uneven in this anthology, and some tales failed to convince me that they should have been included. Yet it may not be fair to fault the storytellers for failing to reach the lofty heights of Poe, and what is more remarkable is how good some of the stories were. Dare I admit that I enjoyed a few of the chapters in this anthology even more than Poe’s? For example, Kelley Armstrong’s “The Orange Cat” does a fine job of updating “The Black Cat” to reflect the relationship between cruelty to animals and domestic violence.
A couple of the stories in nEvermore! seemed more Lovecraftian than Poe-etic. I enjoyed “Atargatis” by Robert Bose, with the narrator’s gradual, demonic awakening and an undercurrent of chthonic creatures in the deep, and the essay “A Rather Scholarly View of Edgar Allan Poe, Genre Crosser” by Uwe Sommerlad discusses how Poe influenced famous authors from Jules Verne to Robert Louis Stevenson and, yes, H.P. Lovecraft. Sommerlad’s essay helped me appreciate the diversity in nEvermore!, and I recommend it if you are interested in understanding Poe’s themes and literary influence.
I read both nEvermore! and A Golden Illustrated Classic with a sense of guilty delight, as if peeking into a maelstrom of revenge, madness and (in)humanity. In the process, I reread stories I hadn’t perused since childhood, and discovered others I had never read at all. And that is the greatest gift of nEvermore!: it exposed me to a broader range of Poe’s work than I had known existed. From poetry to metaphysical treatises, I sought out every work mentioned in this anthology, and came to agree with Sommerlad that Poe defies the concept of genres and “shaped the future” for those who came after. I thank Nancy Kilpatrick, Caro Soles and the authors of nEvermore! for this unexpected gift.
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