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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, Don Winslow, and Fourteen Others Paperback – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061690422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061690426
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Booklist

Think of this Mystery Writers of America–sponsored anthology as the equivalent of the bottle of cognac and roses placed on Poe’s headstone every year on the anniversary of his death. Edgar winner and MWA Grand Master Kaminsky asked 19 other mystery writers to pen original stories, on the condition that the central part of each story had to be about Poe or his work. The resulting collection of 20 short stories (Kaminsky contributed one) includes works by some of today’s leading mystery writers: Jon L. Breen, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Lutz. They represent several “unreliable narrator” turns (Breen’s “William Allan Wilson” has a shivery reversal at the very end); revenge plots (see Clark’s “The Tell-Tale Purr” and Brendan DuBois’ retelling of “The Cask of Amontillado,” with two South Boston drug dealers); and Gothic horror (Davis and Kaminsky both enter marvelously creepy examples). Bound to charm the midnight dreary. --Connie Fletcher

More About the Author

Angela Zeman writes mystery fiction, from cozy to noir. Her first novel, THE WITCH AND THE BORSCHT PEARL, developed from the ensemble-rich Mrs. Risk (the witch) story series first published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The Mrs. Risk novel and collected stories are now available from Otto Penzler's MysteriousPress.com site in every format.

"The First Tale of Roxanne," her latest new series debut, appears in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, as the May 2013 issue's Cover Story.

Her short fiction can be found in several anthologies and publications. Visit her website at www.AngelaZeman.com. Read a multi-author blog called "Murphy's Blog--if anything can go wrong, it will happen here!" (Email via url onsite if interested in contributing.) Also within the website will soon debut a webzine: Risk AZ Art magazine, displaying works from various types of story tellers. Another blog--Graphic and Ghost--details the graphic novel scene, by Dennis Webster, author and editor.

Several of her stories appear in ensemble-rich collections, although sometimes she writes stand-alones. A new series (Murphy's Law) debuts in Robert J. Randisi's noir anthology: CRIME SQUARE. Her second in the Trueden Falls series can be found in Dennis Webster's annual ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES anthology, with a third volume slated for 2013. She will also debut another series, The Tales of Roxanne, details to follow.

Her stories can be found in Nelson DeMille's anthology, THE RICH AND THE DEAD; Jeffery Deaver's A HOT AND SULTRY NIGHT FOR CRIME; Stuart Kaminsky's ON A RAVEN'S WING and another: SHOW BUSINESS IS MURDER; Linda Fairstein's anthology: THE PROSECUTION RESTS; Nancy Pickard's MOM, APPLE PIE, AND MURDER; Mary Higgins Clark's THE NIGHT AWAKENS, and others.

She is a long standing member of MWA, PWA, ICWA/NA, and the New York Friars Club. Otto Penzler has undertaken the task of making all her work available in collections from Otto Penzler's MysteriousPress.com Ebooks in every format, including Amazon Kindle. Check that website for appearance dates.

She is currently writing a suspense thriller novel: ECHO. The protagonist first appeared in "Green Heat", a story from Jeffery Deaver's anthology that Otto Penzler and Nelson DeMille chose for Nelson's collection of Best American Mystery Stories of the Year (Houghton Mifflin).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lochnessa7 on February 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
200 years after his death comes a collection of short stories that demonstrates the indisputable fact that there's no one like the one and only Edgar Allan Poe. The stories in On A Raven's Wing run the gamut from pointless to pretty creepy, but none has the spark of macabre genius of Poe.

The best stories in the book including "William Allan Wilson" "Challenger" "A Nomad of the Night" and "The Cask of Castle Island" reinterpret Poe's originals while preserving most of the original atmosphere. A few, like "The Tell-Tale Purr" and "Development Hell" add a dash of dark humor. Some of the stories fall flat, usually the ones that try to bring Poe himself in as one of the characters.

Overall, On A Raven's Wing has a few entertaining stories, but to really honor and enjoy Poe, you're better off with the master himself.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sugar-free cook on June 22, 2009
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Every Poe enthuiast will find joy in these what-to-be Poe stories. Some stories even have insight about the sources Poe may have used to create his own memorable stories.
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