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On a Raven's Wing : New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe by Mary Higgins Clark, Thomas H. Cook, James W. Hall, Rupert Holmes, S. J. Rozan
by Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Twenty contemporary writers commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe with chilling stories inspired by the master himself.

Nearly two centuries after they were penned, Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tales are still working their eerie magic on readers of every stripe--thrill-seekers, filmmakers, even fellow writers of suspense.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Twenty contemporary writers commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe with chilling stories inspired by the master himself.

Nearly two centuries after they were penned, Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tales are still working their eerie magic on readers of every stripe--thrill-seekers, filmmakers, even fellow writers of suspense. Collected here to honor and celebrate Poe's genius are original stories by some of the best mystery writers at work today.

A son attempts to connect with his dying father in Thomas H. Cook's "Nevermore." John Lutz's "Poe, Poe, Poe" combines elements from several of Poe's stories in a twisted tale of madness and mayhem. "Poe, Jo, and I," by Don Winslow, examines the curious bond literature can form between the most unlikely of friends. And in Jon L. Breen's "William Allan Wilson," getting even has never felt so good.

With contributions by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeremiah Healy, Peter Lovesey, P. J. Parrish, Daniel Stashower, and Angela Zeman, among others, On a Raven's Wing is a fitting tribute to the one and only Edgar Allan Poe.

The Mystery Writers of America, founded in 1945, is the foremost organization for mystery writers and other professionals dedicated to the field of crime writing.

Don't miss In the Shadow of the Master, a new collection of Poe's stories, edited by Michael Connelly and featuring essays from Stephen King, Sue Grafton, and others.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061690426
  • ISBN-10: 0061690422
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 393


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 42.
  • Review Date: 2008-11-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

The Mystery Writers of America also presents an anthology of 20 new short stories, ranging from the uninterestingly derivative to the truly memorable. Fortunately, the volume boasts more hits than misses, most impressively Dorothy Salisbury Davis's chilling “Emily's Time,” the tale of an intellectual's descent into isolation and madness with an appropriately ambiguous ending. The always reliable Peter Lovesey easily blends the real-life questions surrounding Poe's early death into “The Deadliest Tale of All.” Daniel Stashower, who's written the definitive study of the Mary Rogers murder case (The Beautiful Cigar Girl) that inspired one of Poe's detective tales, creatively reinterprets the master in “Challenger,” a coming-of-age story set in Ohio. Other notable contributors include Thomas H. Cook, S.J. Rozan and the late Edward D. Hoch. (Jan.)

 
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Happy 200th, Mr. Poe

The title of the anthology, On a Raven's Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky, says it all. The contributors had loose parameters: Poe or his work had to be central to the story. The 20 stories run the gamut from traditional whodunits and puzzles to humor to brooding gothic tales. Peter Lovesey offers an intriguing new twist on Poe's death and Conan Doyle-biographer Daniel Stashower plots a haunting story of revenge. The book also contains the last story by the prolific Edward D. Hoch, who wrote close to a thousand stories before his death in 2008.

There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of Poe collections over the years, making money for everyone but the impecunious author himself. As Kaminsky points out, the inflation-adjusted revenue from Poe T-shirts and bobbleheads alone comes to far more than this great writer's total life earnings. Alas. Happy birthday anyway, Eddie.

 
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