Edgar Poe and the Frontier Fiend (Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Series #3)

Edgar Poe and the Frontier Fiend (Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Series #3)

by Harold Schechter

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Edgar Poe and the Frontier Fiend (Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Series #3) by Harold Schechter

In this historical murder mystery Harold Schechter revisits the chilling world of Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery Museum . During the sweltering summer of 1845, the savage murder of two girls shocks the citizens of Manhattan. Despite the bloody crime often depicted in his own writings, Edgar Allen Poe is just as shaken by this murder unleashed as the panic-stricken public. Suspicion of the killer's identity immediately swirls around Chief Wolf Bear, one of the human attractions at P.T. Barnum's American Museum. Convinced of his innocence, Poe begins his detective work, soon realizing that the city conceals a monster, one with an ever-growing appetite for human prey. As frenzied emotions course through the city, Poe uncovers a dark secret more powerful than anything he could have imagined--one that may reach the upper echelons of politics and privilege. This is literary fiction at its best, blending history, horror, crime and suspense. It was originally published under the title The Mask of Red Death.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016630236
Publisher: Author & Company
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Series: Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 926,077
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. As a literary historical novelist, he has also written "Nevermore," "Edgar Poe and the Frontier Fiend" and "Edgar Poe and the Concord Killer." He is the bestselling author of many true-crime works: "Killer Colt," "Fiend" and "Depraved" (which are set in the later 19th century) and also "The Devil's Gentleman," "Bestial," "Deranged," "Deviant," "Fatal," "The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers," "True Crime," "The Serial Killer Files," "Outcry," "Psycho USA" and "The Whole Death Catalog," and is the co-editor of "Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem" and "Panzram: A Journal of Murder." On his more professorial side, he has written, "The Mysterious Way: Individuation in American Literature," "Patterns in Popular Culture," "Popular Culture in the Classroom," "The New Gods: Psyche and Symbol in Popular Art," "The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art," "Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment" and "Real to Reel," and is co-editor of "Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest," "American Voices: A Thematic/Rhetorical Reader," "Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems," "Film Tricks: Special Effects in the Movies" and "The Manly Movie Guide: Virile Video & Two-Fisted Cinema."

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The Mask of Red Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Like the two previous Edgar Allan Poe mysteries, this third installment is fun and thrilling with an entertaining mystery at it's center. In The Mask of Red Death, Mr. Poe teams up with the renowned character of the west, Kit Carson, to solve a series of murders in the city of New York. Like the preceding Schechter mysteries, this novel is full of interesting and memorable characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
........because, frankly, the involved, pompous mutterings of Schechter's Poe is WHY you read these little pastiches. It is NOT for the plots. This one suffered from the 'crime' of COINCIDENCE. One cannot give the book a five star rating simply because happenstance and coincidence, whereby Poe and his latest 'historical assistant', Kit Carson, too often find clues and leads and fugitives by dumb plot devices of the kind used by authors when they can't logically connect the plot dots. I found that bothersome and the mystery superficial. BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER. All that matters are the sneaky real Poe quotes Schechter sneaks into the narrative, the thinly veiled references to other works or the hints of how the tale we are reading may 'morph' into one of Poe's real life tales. And of course, the utter fun of having Poe go off on one of his wordy tangents while everyone just stares at this poofy little intellectual prig while YOU, the reader, laughs hysterically. Schechter has gone way beyond in this book in providing us with these little gems of Poe priggishness, more so than either previous volume, Nevermore and The Hum Bug. In fact it's almost National Lampoon-ish sarcasm and I was almost waiting for Poe to walk in on his child-cousin-bride with whom he has a sexless marriage and, finding her and Carson in bed together, because of 'water dripping' on her own bed, goes off on a lamentation how the sad state of bedding forces even friends to share a mattress, while Carson and Mrs. Poe merely nod and exchange confounded glances of unbelieving nature. Meanwhile, spouting Shakespeare, Poe flies out of the room to check for leaks in the roof. That w/b good stuff. You'll enjoy the Poe-isms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book interesting. It was not particularly gripping or exciting. I did occasionally become a little annoyed with the pompusness of the main character. It however was entertaining and provided me with something to do at work.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1845, the Raven and several scathing reviews in newspapers have brought fame to Edgar Allan Poe He relocated to Manhattan accompanied by his fragile spouse and his mother-in-law. However, the city is in an angry uproar as someone is killing and scalping people. The locals believe that Indian Chief Wolf Bear, working in P.T. Barnum¿s sideshow, is the serial killer and a lynch mob forms.---- However, Kit Carson arrives in time to prove that Chief Wolf Bear is innocent and that the reprehensible John 'Liver-Eating¿ Johnson is the killer. Joining ranks Kit and Edgar follow the deadly trail that includes a mysterious albino client of the author. While Edgar would prefer to say NEVERMORE and Kit believes a big city is HUM BUG, both know they must stop this vicious murderer before he adds more to his scalp collection.---- The obvious comparison between the writer and the frontiersman is a delight and much of the historical tidbits add a sense of mid nineteenth century New York to the historical mystery. Johnson, who ate the livers of his victims, comes across as macabre and authentic as the real person he was. .However, the flashbacks that provide much of the period piece also take away from the suspense building to a final confrontation between the mountain man serial killer vs. the amateur sleuth writer and his western scout partner in the canyons of New York.---- Harriet Klausner