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nEvermore! by Nancy Kilpatrick

nEvermore! (2015)

by Nancy Kilpatrick (Editor), Caro Soles (Editor)

Other authors: Colleen Anderson (Contributor), Kelley Armstrong (Contributor), Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Robert Bose (Contributor), Jason V. Brock (Contributor)20 more, Sunni K. Brock (Contributor), Jane Petersen Burfield (Contributor), Rick Chiantaretto (Contributor), J. Madison Davis (Contributor), Barbara Fradkin (Contributor), Nancy Holder (Contributor), Michael Jecks (Contributor), Michael Kelly (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Robert Lopresti (Contributor), Richard Christian Matheson (Contributor), David McDonald (Contributor), Lisa Morton (Contributor), William F. Nolan (Contributor), Loren Rhoads (Contributor), Christopher Rice (Contributor), Thomas S. Roche (Contributor), Uwe Sommerlad (Contributor), Carol Weekes (Contributor), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Contributor)

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Loved this book! Any horror fans would enjoy this and especially Edgar Allan Poe readers. Was a fast read and gave it to a friend to enjoy after I finished it. ( )
  Myckyee | May 28, 2017 |
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I have been a huge fan of Poe for many years. I bought the special, complete edition of all of his tales and other books based on him, like Romancing the Raven by Rob MacGregor - both of which I also recommend. And while this was not a collection of Poe tales, I could feel his influence in them. The collection of short stories were all very well written and had some basis in Poe's work. I did really like how each story started with an author quote about Poe. My favorite part, however, was the "Rather Scholarly View of Edgar Allen Poe" at the beginning, because it gave more of an insight into Poe's life. The stories were all very interesting too, though! ( )
  JD.Strand | Jul 12, 2016 |
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This anthology has an even more diffuse effect than Ellen Datlow’s Poe. Both allowed a variety of stories in, not all of a fantastic nature. Poe was a more protean author than generally realized. (A point Uwe Sommerland’s opening article, “A Rather Scholarly View of Edgar Allan Poe, Genre-Crosser", makes well.) He wrote in a variety of tones and styles and more than just the macabre and mystery stories he is most remembered for.

The connection many of the stories have to Poe is not obvious apart from the authors’ foreword though some are quite explicit takeoffs on Poe’s work.

Lest you get bored, let’s start us with the best.

The razor-wielding orangutan of Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” gets to tell his side of things in Robert Lopretsi’s “Street of the Dead House”. He’s one of those science experiments gone wrong. A large mansion on the shores of British Columbia, a large family, and a family secret are the heroine’s inheritance in Robert Bose’s effective “Atargatis”. An archaeologist’s involvement in a police investigation and a pagan cult result in the oh-so-Poe ending of burial alive in Michael Jecks’ “The Deave Lane”.

Loren Rhoads places her series heroine Alondra DeCourval in Venice to put a stop to a rash of suicides in “The Drowning City”. Tanith Lee’s “The Return of Berenice” ruminates on the follow up to Poe’s odd tale of obsession and dental horror, “Berenice” -- moody and effective.

The inspiration for Thomas S. Roche’s “The Masque of Amanda Llado” is obvious, but I appreciated the modern update of the tale with a dot.com entrepreneur paying the role of the fortunate one.

It’s grounded on an idea also used in the collection’s worst story in the anthology, Christopher Rice’s unimaginative “Naomi”. Don’t think of this as virtue signaling on Rice’s part. We need a word for unimaginative cheerleading for the latest egalitarian or charitable fad. "Virtue echoing" maybe. Its only saving feature is the idea of a viral pop tune on a cellphone.

The rest of the stories are the middling ones.

That the treasure of Poe’s “The Gold Bug” was real is the premise of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s “The Gold Bug Conundrum”. It seems to be suggesting great mysteries – we even get a Lovecraft reference – but the dialogue strains under carrying the plot of a very rich game developer exploring an abandoned seaside resort and his more practical and unimpressed brother-in-law. That dialogue also has too many room descriptions in it.

“Finding Ulalume” from Lisa Morton is promising until the end, an exploration of the ghost-haunted Weir Forest that claimed the narrator’s 13-year-old sister. But it wobbles at the end when trying to incorporate material from the eponymous Poe poem.

Rick Chiantaretto’s “Obsession with the Bloodstained Door” has some nice, surrealistic images in a story of a boy wandering in a house for years – but that’s all it is apart from what seems to be a reference to Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

No, Barbara Fradkin’s “The Lighthouse” is not at attempt to finish the story of that name Poe started shortly before his death though others have tried that and there is a whole anthology of such stories. Its lighthouse is on Newfoundland in 1942. Like the Chiantaretto story, it ends on an enigmatic and inconclusive note.

The old amnesiac killer idea is taken up in Carol Weekes’ and Michael Kelly’s “The Ravens of Consequence”. Nancy Holder's "Annabel Lee" is sort of a cento exploring the world of the Poe poem though it also works in references to gothic works as well. J. Madison Davis’ “Dinner with Mamalou" is a biter-bitten tale in the Louisiana bayou with the biter being the CEO of a fracking company and the biter of the second part being an old healer and leader of a community that is hampering his company’s drilling.

“Death is too good for them” is a sometimes heard comment on executing serial killers, and Richard Christian Matheson’s “133” explores that idea. The notion that a writer’s essence can be bound to the paper he writes on, that “writing and breathing are entwined with life and death” is bound to appeal to writers, especially late in their life, and this was one of the last stories William F. Nolan worked on, here co-authored with Jason V. Brock and Sunni K. Brock. But the story’s execution, mingling details of Poe’s life with his spirit after death, didn’t pack that much punch.

“The Orange Cat” is Kelly Armstrong’s updating of Poe’s “The Black Cat” and features her series character Gabriel Walsh, a sleazy defense attorney whose client wants to kill a cat. Cousins vex the protagonist of Jane Petersen Burfield’s “The Inheritance” after the death of her aunt. David McDonald’s “Sympathetic Impulses” is a gimmicky tale of Gothic torturers. Colleen Anderson’s “Asylum”, a translation of Poe’s “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”, is hampered by its modern day setting which undercuts the suspension of disbelief.

Finally, Margaret Atwood’s description of her “The Eye of Heaven” as “not very good, though it’s good enough for a sixteen-year-old” is accurate. Still, as a look at the first murders of its serial killer narrator, it works. ( )
2 vote RandyStafford | Apr 25, 2016 |
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Being a big fan of Poe. I really enjoyed this book. It only took a few days to finish. I would highly recommend this book to Poe fans and fans of quiet horror. ( )
  saginawhorror | Apr 17, 2016 |
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This book of scary short stories is filled with variations on the classics created by Edgar Allen Poe. Each story takes a slightly different view of the tale it reflects but all are just as macabre as the ones they are emulating. A must-have for horrow fanatics who love a great read. ( )
  Nightwing | Apr 8, 2016 |
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Kilpatrick, NancyEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soles, CaroEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, ColleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armstrong, KelleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bose, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brock, Jason V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brock, Sunni K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burfield, Jane PetersenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiantaretto, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, J. MadisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fradkin, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holder, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jecks, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopresti, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, Richard ChristianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morton, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nolan, William F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rhoads, LorenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rice, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roche, Thomas S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sommerlad, UweContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weekes, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yarbro, Chelsea QuinnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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All that we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream.

- from A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
This work is dedicated to the master dream-weaver! Thank you, Mr. Poe, for the thrills and chills.
And to Tanith Lee who, like Poe, deserves to be remembered.
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It's been nearly 170 years since his death, yet his name is legend, and recognized world-wide.
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"22 original, modern stories, many by New York Times bestselling mystery and dark fantasy authors, recreating Poe's genius and atmospheric brilliance through riffs on his classic tales."--Back cover,

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