This anthology captures the many sides of Poe, not just the the Gothic side of his writing. Now when I say Gothic, I am not talking about the high school kids you see in the mall. For anyone who has ever done research on where the term originated from will know exactly what I am referring to.
Bev Vincent's story titled "The Case of the Tell-tale Black Cat of Amontillado" had me laughing so hard my chest is still hurting! A funny tale about zombies, and yes zombies can be funny. I am an avid reader and this made me smile so much my face was hurting.
WJ Rosser's story titled "The Willow" is a horrifying masterpiece. I read it twice and with each spine chilling word I was hooked. This author catches the darker side of Poe's work to a tee. Bravo Mr. Rosser, you sir are a master of your craft.
If you are a fan of Poe, this is a must have in your collection. This made me feel like I was on a roller coaster, one minute I was laughing and the next I was terrified. I highly recommend this to everyone, and trust me you will enjoy the ride!
This collection was designed as a fundraiser for the Poe House in Baltimore. Underfunded and in trouble, all proceeds went to help keep the house up and running. Other than supporting a great cause, there's not much to get excited about here.
I'm not sure what the editors wanted with this one. Did they want stories in the Gothic style of Poe himself? If so, that goal really falls short. Most of the stories here don't even come close to capturing the elements of Gothic literature. Some tried, but the effort felt forced. It seemed as if some of the authors weren't even sure who Poe was let alone having ever cracked one of his books open!
There were a few that worked. My personal favorite was "Peanut Butter and Jelly" by Pam Hawley. "Gum for the Soul" by Jackson Creed was a unique look at those dark places in the human soul. Two of Poe's stories were here, including my favorite "The Fall of the House of Usher."
I was disappointed. After months of waiting on this release, I just got another horror anthology. Nothing Gothic, very little creepy, very flat.