- Hardcover: 324 pages
- Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns; Deluxe edition (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158767128X
- ISBN-13: 978-1587671289
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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From Publishers Weekly
Conlon asked 23 top authors to complete Poe's story fragment "The Lighthouse," and the mixed results suggest that Poe and his posthumous collaborators probably work best independent of one another. A few entries are Poe homages, including John Shirley's "Blind Eye," which capably echoes Poe's old-fashioned gothic prose, though its plot is frankly modern. George Clayton Johnson's "A Literary Forgery" resurrects Poe's detective C. Auguste Dupin in a caper that hints creatively at the origins of several Poe story plots, while Paul Di Filippo's "Days of Other Light" is an interplanetary adventure that commands sympathy for a tortured Poe-like artist underappreciated by his extraterrestrial culture. Most of the contributors try to work Poe's prose into their narratives, but their stories show little interest in his concerns as a writer. The book ends with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's witty "A New Interpretation of the Liggerzun Text," a tale of a future society's misinterpretation of Poe that unintentionally critiques most of this volume's contents. (Apr.)
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Found among Edgar Allan Poe's papers after he died (at 40, all too young) was an untitled story fragment with an intriguing preamble. Consisting of three short diary entries by a newly indentured lighthouse keeper, the fragment affords few clues about Poe's plot intentions. The assignment for the 23 contributors to this unique collection was to finish the tale by using Poe's language, themes, and predilection for curdling the blood. The results range from stylistically faithful narratives to improbable yarns that use Poe's introduction as a springboard for the author's own vision. In one entry, the diary pieces make up an ancient artifact viewed by an archivist in a future civilization. In another, the journal is inspected by detective Auguste Dupin, a figure familiar from such Poe classics as "The Purloined Letter." Perhaps the most outstanding entry is John Shirley's masterly continuation, in perfect faux-Poe fashion, of the diary to disclose the lighthouse keeper discovering a macabre use for his polished lantern. Must reading for Poe enthusiasts, in particular. Carl Hays
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And the collection... What can I say? How many hours of delightful reading buy some of the absolute masters of their genre. Only a thousand of them printed. If you can find one, you should buy it!
This is a limited edition: only 1000 items. And I'm so glad to have one of this precious book, signed by all authors, except Edgar Allan Poe, unfortunately :).
I'll write a review about the tales.
Yes, this is a good purchase.
You might expect the stories would be a bit repetitious, given that they are based on the same source material. While the stories range in quality, lack of diversity is not a problem! Each writer's approach to the narrative is very different. As an enthusiastic recreational reader, I lament the decline in popularity of the short story. Poe was one of the best and most famous practitioners of that form, and this modern tribute to his art by a group of talented modern writers is a irresistible treat.
I want to single out one story for particular attention. Richard Lupoff has long been a favorite writer of mine, and his contribution here is a wonderful treasure. Those of you familiar with Lupoff's career know that some of his earliest professional work was as an editor for a New York bookseller, which branched out into publishing with an ambitious series of books reprinting Edgar Rice Burroughs. Lupoff has miraculously combined what surely are autobiographical details about doing odd jobs for that bookstore when he was young with a bit of fiction about the Poe fragment, into a touching, nostalgic treasure.