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Nevermore - A Novel of Love, Loss, & Edgar Allan Poe [Kindle Edition]

David Niall Wilson , Lisa Snellings
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Nevermore is a dark, historical fantsay filled with romance, southern charm, and all the trappings of a classic historical romance. Walking the line between the occult, the paranormal, and the reality of 1800s life in The Great Dismal Swamp, Nevermore is also chock full of action and adventure. Follow Edgar Allan Poe and Lenore into The Great Dismal Swamp and experience one version of the birth of Poe's famous poem, "The Raven."

On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman.

One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame.

Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time.

Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.


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  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
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  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "all stories begin with a grain of truth" August 7, 2013
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NEVERMORE by David Niall Wilson is a dark and magical trip through swampland and through the layers of time. Blending history with fantasy, truth with fiction, he takes the reader to the place where souls are trapped and where writers and artists help to express and release the suffering. An author in search of lost things and what haunts the soul... but one who leaves the reader a ladder so she can climb back from the dark and into the light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So THAT's where she came from! March 8, 2013
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A telling of when and how Edgar Allen Poe meets his Lenore, this is a very intriguing book. The premise is imaginative, the story is well-written, and the pacing is excellent. At no point did I feel that the book was too long, and it ended at just the right point. If this is truly a story within a story, as the prologue would suggest, then I very much look forward to reading more works by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still more from the Great Dismal Swamp March 7, 2013
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This book will certainly cast the stories by Edgar Allan Poe in a new light for me. I have previously been to the Great Dismal Swamp in the pages of The Preacher's Swamp and The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs and the Currently Accepted Habits of Nature. I thoroughly enjoyed both books, and quite honestly, I don't know how, but this book tops them. It is well written, and the story pulled me right in. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Nevermore, indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Poe, you'll enjoy this November 3, 2013
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Started the tale on Halloween & found it difficult to put down. Hauntingly perfect for an Fall weekend. I believe Poe would be proud to participate in this haunting story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for Edgar Allen Poe Fans October 16, 2013
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Nevermore is dark, mysterious, and haunting -- just what a book featuring Edgar Allen Poe and the Great Dismal Swamp should be. The setting is vivid and well described, and throughout the story there is a sense that anything could happen, good or ill. I found the characters interesting and complex -- folksy, in a way, simultaneously grounded and earthy while easily accepting mystical possibilities. The Poe and Lenore characters also are suitably fragile, making the reader particularly sympathetic to their situations. An enjoyable, thought-provoking read, although I will say that, for me, the climax seemed a little too quickly resolved. Not as if the author was in a hurry to finish; I just wished things had been drawn out a little more. In retrospect, the pacing, including the approach to the end, truly is similar to Poe's (the writer, not the character) own. Recommended, particularly for fans of Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible August 13, 2013
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"Nevermore" by David Niall Wilson is riveting, hypnotic and irresistible. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will just love this. The author, David Wilson combines rich, evocative prose with splendid entertainment. You can't help admiring Wilson's narrative skills and his versatility as a storyteller. I loved that it was different and unapologetic while never quite allowing the reader to get away from the tension. As a reader who looks for and greatly appreciates fiction that takes big risks, this was a winner from start to finish for me. The characterisation and plot was excellent. Edgar Allan Poe and Eleanore MacReady on the shore of Lake Drummond = Wonderful !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nevermore-A Novel of Love, Loss and Edgar Allen Poe August 5, 2013
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David Niall Wilson grabbed me last night as I began Nevermore-A Novel of Love, Loss and Edgar Allen Poe, my first go, but not my last with his work. His words became pictures, movies, so easy an entry into my mind I was unaware, much as his characters experience later on in this tale that develops Edgar Poe. I hope David develops Poe into a serial adventurer in the other-worldliness that was his bread and butter in life, and now I want to explore David's DeChance stories.

I realize David has placed his own feelings as a writer, father and husband into the mind of Poe and his compatriots in the story. I like seeing behind the curtain a bit, guessing at why the writer made the character do what he has. Only after I was done, did I suppose any of this, as the story carried me along, to the expense of sleep one night and the next day's work, languishing, as I finished the tale.

Read this guy. Do it now. Charles Colley, author-SISTERBABY'S MONKEY, SKULL COUNTY, USA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Read - One Of Wilson's Best August 2, 2013
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I'm a big fan of David Wilson's writing and thought Nevermore one of the best, if not the best book he has released so far.

On the shore of Lake Drummond, which straddles the borders of North Carolina and Virginia, there is a hotel that caters to ne'er-do-wells, wayward travelers, and the just plain odd folks. The lake and hotel are located near The Great Dismal Swamp, a large track of land which serves as a refuge for good hunting and fishing for the locals. It also has a rich supernatural history.

The swamp is home to two trees, both unique but in opposite ways. One of the trees is in the shape of a magnificent deer. The deer appears to have been captured in motion, fleeing from something with it's head turned back to look at it pursuer. The other tree is of an old woman. The woman-tree gives off bad vibes, and the locals tend to give the tree a wide berth. The guardian of the trees, and of the swamp itself, is an old woman named Nettie, a witch who grants magic favors to the locals for the price of a jar of cheap whiskey. The swamp, the surrounding villages, and the hotel co-exist peacefully, until two strangers arrive at the hotel.

The first is a woman named Lenore, an artist who felt compelled to come to the hotel. Though she is not a witch, her art does possess magic; it has the ability to release souls who are trapped in trees and can not move on. Lenore sketches the tree's and then slowly erases the drawings, allowing the souls to ascend (or descend if that is the case) to their next destination. The second stranger is a writer of stories who also felt compelled to visit the hotel. He arrives with his companion, a raven named Grimm, who seems to be both the writer's muse and protector.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look into young Edgar
This was interesting because it gave a new look as to what lead up to Edgar Allan Poe becoming a strange but popular writer. I enjoyed the whole story line.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Fabela
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome.
I'm a great fan of Poe and I'm almost done reading this. Well written. I found it hard to put down.
Published 5 months ago by madhatter2
3.0 out of 5 stars poor Edgar
This author used Poe's name in order to draw attention. This book is no where near Poe. In this book Poe is a character. It has spooky atmosphere but not that much of a plot.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun read.
an entertaining tale, but seems amateurish and certainly not factual. interesting premise, no real character development, but as I said, a good little story to pass an empty hour.
Published 7 months ago by tamara r smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Poe Homage
Beautifully written story incorporating both Poe's sense of mystery and the unknown with an homage to his lyrical beauty. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dorothy J. Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
David Niall Wilson’s novel is not only a great addition to the genre of Poe-related stories, it stands as a terrific introduction to The Great Dismal Swamp and a bit of the unique... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gerard Houarner
4.0 out of 5 stars Questions
The story is very captivating, intriguing and thought provoking. It weaves a great explanation to Poes poem the Raven while working the Beautiful Lenore. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nanny
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This book is an amazingly well written tale that pulled me in right away and captivated me until the very end! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stand-Alone Novel But Also Good Introduction to DeChance...
4.5 stars

Nevermore is a perfect fall read, a wonderful take on what led Edgar Allan Poe to write "The Raven. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deborah
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More About the Author

I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has less people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That's where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth -- particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I'll ever claim association with. But that's another story, and this one is about me.

My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland "Bob" Smith. I could write volumes about good ol' Bob, but I won't. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram's 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6'4" 270 or so pound frame -- that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope.

I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn't equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician "A" school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster.

My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I've written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts). I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I've worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , NC , where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another - 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie's "Tales of the Southern Hotel," a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children's books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.

I've sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year's best collections, won awards -- notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story "The Gentle Brush of Wings," from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I've been President of the Horror Writer's Association, and I'm an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer's Association.

These days, along with writing, I'm CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me...let me tell you a story...

DNW

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