Poe's Lighthouseby Christopher Conlon, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan, Edgar Allan Poe
Two dozen writers attempt to complete Edgar Allen Poe's little known, unfinished story, Poe's Lighthouse. The only rule was that they use Poe's language, his images, his ideas-that they truly work together with the Master.
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The underlying theme of this superb collection is modern authors completing a fragment written by Edgar Allen Poe sort of like Natalie Cole singing Unforgettable with her father Nat King Cole. In the Introduction Christopher Conlon explains that just before his death, Poe, though depressed and an alcoholic, was still writing, but never finished his last work. That fragment (included in the Introduction) and his strong literary résumés serve as the basis for the twenty-three tales that make up POE¿S LIGHTHOUSE. The contributions are fascinating just to follow the various interpretations that led to the stories. On top of that obvious allure, the compilation is well written with a who¿s who contributing their interpretation. Interestingly the stories run the speculative fiction gamut to include fantasy, gothic, horror (of course), romantic suspense, mystery and science fiction all this from the fragment as the authors stayed true to Poe and to their particular writing style. This is a well written homage as the light shines on Poe evermore. --- Harriet Klausner