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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Cerebral Books (March 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615626610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615626611
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

ADVISORY: This novel is a dark tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, best enjoyed by those who are familiar with his specific styles and works. Unprepared readers may experience confusion, nightmares, madness, and the potential for phantom ravens to perch upon their chamber doors.

More About the Author

"Words are like shards of stained glass. By themselves they're worthless; however, when placed together in just the right way, they can become brilliant works of art."

Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the beautiful mountains of western Montana. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, FINDING POE, was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC Awards in horror.

Her other novels include THE HIDDEN VALLEY HORROR, inspired by Barker, Bradbury, and King; WORLD-MART, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the allegorical tale, MYTHS OF GODS.

For more information about Leigh M. Lane and her writing, visit her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.

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A very well written story.
A. W. Place
Leigh has created a hauntingly beautiful tale that in many ways mirrors Poe's own work.
Richard Schiver
This book, in its essential form, is an homage to Poe.
George Pritchard Harris

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Susan McSherry on March 24, 2012
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Karina is in her own personal hell. Forced to leave her home & social status because of a scandal, her husband, Brantley, relocates them to an abandoned lighthouse in New England. She soon starts seeing things, horrific things, & her husband is on the brink of madness. After his untimely death, she finds a letter address to Mr. Poe, & makes it her personal mission to see to it that the letter gets delivered. Spectacularly written, this is a tale of horror, madness, fear, hope, love & betrayal. Horrific, magnificent, fantastic, bizarre & beautiful, Leigh has taken us to the very edge of what we perceive as insanity. It brings to mind the old Memorex commercial, "Is it live, or is it Memorex?". Has Karina gone completely mad, or are things more malevolent than they appear? A must read for any horror fan, a book that makes you think, and makes you question your own sanity.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Malina Roos on March 24, 2012
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Leigh M. Lane has managed to create a unique tale that involves many elements of stories and poems written by Edgar Allan Poe including The Black Cat, A Descent into the Maelstrom, Masque of the Red Death, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, The Raven, The Lighthouse and A Dream Within a Dream.

Brilliant tale about Karina, a noble born woman, who's husband moves her away from everything she has ever known to live in an isolated lighthouse. While there, Karina starts seeing things and her husband descends into madness. Upon his death, Karina finds a letter addressed to Mr. Poe and sets out on a journey to deliver this last piece of correspondence to a mysterious man she has never met....or has she?
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. and Mrs. J on March 22, 2012
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Not only well written but it just pulls you right into the story and immerses you into the most wondrous place. Needless to say I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror in the vein of Poe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Hall on May 27, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe, so the premise of this book was intriguing immediately. It didn't disappoint, and conjured up the ghosts of Poe quite well.

The style is very similar to old literary horror writers like Poe himself or HP Lovecraft, and I'll admit that it may not be for everyone just for that fact - today's modern style of writing is a bit different and some may go into this expecting something else. But Lane's ability to write in this manner is a marvel to behold and the narrative grips you quickly and pulls you along.

The story itself unspools at a perfect pace, keeping you reading until the end. The nods to classic Poe tales are wonderful and I'm sure I missed one or two along the way, which makes me want to go back through the story again now that I know the ending and can really appreciate the winks and nods that are sprinkled throughout the book.

Simply put, the writing is excellent, the characters great, and the story itself couldn't be any better. While you certainly don't have to be a huge fan of the master to enjoy this tale, those who are Poe fans will find even more to love about this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Place on April 13, 2012
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I can recommend this book highly. If you like Poe, this will hold you from the start. The ending is hauntingly written as the reader gets drawn into a series of nightmarish scenes, never knowing what is real or what is a dream.
A very well written story. Well done, truly haunting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gustafson on June 3, 2012
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This well-written page turner kept me enraptured from beginning to end. Both haunting and mesmerizing, this is one journey you won't want to miss. I am a fan for sure!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaxon Wolfe on May 4, 2012
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I bought a copy of this a few days before being asked to review this by the author. Having read Leigh's other book I was keen to jump into this one. And jump I did.

The overall story is great but we don't meet Poe for quite awhile. Karina's husband Brantley, had become embroiled in a scandal and the only thing he can do is to move them to America and take up position in a light house. Things go weird after that. Brantley starts to go into a bout of madness, searching for a treasure that does not exist. He sends Karina to go shopping on the mainland and his directions get her lost in the forest. Here she learns the light house has a curse, acquires a dog that follows her around, meets some strange people also looking for treasure.

Back home, Brantley seems to have changed and became a nice guy again for all of a few hours, then he decides to kill Karina. After she escapes and finds a letter address to Poe, that's when the trouble starts.

Leigh had written this tale with a Poe(ish) style or flare. There are several references to his stories and poems, tho subtle they may be to the casual reader. The writing pulls you right in and you are held captive by the unfolding tale. I do have one complaint though: I felt there was a lot of unneeded repeated dream sequences and the madhouse experience seemed to drag on. I think Leigh was adding to the Poe experience as I recognized several of the references but I felt those pages were not needed and removing them might have made a tighter story. Despite that, the writing is fluid and enjoyable and well worth your time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader A on May 17, 2012
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Cracking the spine of Leigh M. Lane's excellent new novel, Finding Poe, one could be forgiven for hearing the creak of a door opening, the squawk of a raven, and the tolling of a lonely bell. Chanelling classic suspense and dark fiction writers, Lane constructs a spine-chilling story which compels the reader forward, even as you believe you don't want to turn the next page. An ingenious creation, this novel could be the most convincing act of ventriloquism ever; it reads like Poe at his terrifying best. And yet at the same time, it is distinctively Lane's own work. And how.

Stylistically, Leigh M. Lane's writing is breathtaking. Lane is a master at creating dark and brooding atmospheres, and at shifting the sands beneath us, in order that the reader is never certain of their position. This novel immerses itself in a liminal world which is shrouded in mystery, cloaked in darkness and choked with claustrophobia. In Lane's world, things are never what they seem, and things can also, most definitely, go bump in the night. Lane's world is at once a very real one, and a nightmarish vision of how things are under the surface.

Set against a backdrop of the stormy sea, which crackles with echoes of distant, and closer thunder, at its heart, the novel concerns the search for Edgar Allan Poe in the last days before his untimely death. But it also explores his writings, in particular 'The Lighthouse', his final, but unfinished work. Poe enthusiasts will enjoy the allusions and references to other Poe works, of course, but here, there's something for every dark fiction fan, young and old, no matter how well-versed they are in the Baltimore master of horror fiction.
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