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nEVERMORE! Tales of Mystery, Murder, and the Macabre

nEVERMORE is an anthology inspired  Edgar Allen Poe and or his writings with each story pre-faced by a note from the author about what inspired their story.

There’s something here for everyone. From what I consider true horror (zombies, ghouls, and such) with Finding Ulalume (Lisa Morgan) and Asylum (Colleen Anderson), to chillingly good ghost stories like The Lighthouse (Barbara Fradkin), Afterlife (William F. Nolan, Jason V. Brock & Sunni K. Brock), and The Deave Lane (Michael Jecks). There are stories that speak to current times and themes like Naomi (Christopher Rice) and Dinner with MamaLou (J. Madison Davis) to a devilish revenge tale, The Masques of Amanda Llado (Thomas S. Rosche). There’s a sad story, Street of the Dead House (Robert Lopresti) and fantasy, featuring mermaids, sirens, and the like with Atargatis (Robert Bose) and The Drowning City (Loren Rhoads).

Individual rankings based on 5 stars:

The Gold Bug Conundrum ~ Chelsea Quinn Yarbro    3.5

Street of the Dead House ~ Robert Lopresti (The Murders in the Rue Morgue)   5

Naomi ~ Christopher Rice (The Tell-Tale Heart)   3

Finding Ulalume ~ Lisa Morton (Ulalume,poerm)   3

Obsession with the Bloodstained Door ~ Rick Chiantaretto (The Cask of Amontillado) 3

The Lighthouse ~ Barbara Fradkin (The Lighthouse) 4

The Masques of Amanda Llado ~ Thomas S. Roche (The Cask of Amontillado) 4.5

Atargatis ~ Robert Bose (The House of Usher)   4

The Ravens of Consequence ~ Carol Weekes and Michael Kelly (The Gold –Bug, The Mystery of Marie Roget, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven)   3

Annabel Lee ~ Nancy Holder (Annabel Lee)   3

Dinner with Mamalou ~ J. Madison Davis (all the stories of Poe)   3

The Deave Lane ~ Michael Jecks (The Pit and the Pendulum and Poe’s “thoughtful, highly creative atmospheric stories”)   4

133 ~ Richard Christian Matheson (Ligeia)   4

Afterlife William F Nolan, Jason V. Brock, and Sunni K. Brock (Eureka” A Prose Poem and the circumstances surrounding his death and those involved in his estate)   4

The Drowning City ~ Loren Rhoads (The Assignation)   4

The Orange Cat ~ Kelley Armstrong (The Black Cat)   4

The Inheritance ~ Jane Peterson Burfield  (The Raven) 3

Sympathetic Impulses ~ David McDonald (Poe’s Gothic tales)   5

Asylum ~ Colleen Anderson  (The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether)  3

The Return of Berenice ~ Tanith Lee (Berenice) 3

The Eye of Heaven ~ Margaret Atwood  (Poes’ obsession tales)   3.5

It’s enjoyable and interesting to seek and find reflections of the inspiration in each featured work. With Poe’s range and genre melding you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy too, regardless of your “horror” tolerance. Some you may skip while others will be revisited over time. Overall, nEVERMORE is worthy of a spot on your shelf.

Overall score 4 stars

 

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