Poe's Lighthouse

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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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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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Conlon asked 23 top authors to complete Poe's story fragment "The Lighthouse," and the mixed results suggest that Poe and his posthumous collaborators probably work best independent of one another. A few entries are Poe homages, including John Shirley's "Blind Eye," which capably echoes Poe's old-fashioned gothic prose, though its plot is frankly modern. George Clayton Johnson's "A Literary Forgery" resurrects Poe's detective C. Auguste Dupin in a caper that hints creatively at the origins of several Poe story plots, while Paul Di Filippo's "Days of Other Light" is an interplanetary adventure that commands sympathy for a tortured Poe-like artist underappreciated by his extraterrestrial culture. Most of the contributors try to work Poe's prose into their narratives, but their stories show little interest in his concerns as a writer. The book ends with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's witty "A New Interpretation of the Liggerzun Text," a tale of a future society's misinterpretation of Poe that unintentionally critiques most of this volume's contents. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936679034
  • Publisher: Wicker Park Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent collection

    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

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