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  • 06/2021
  • B096HJSZLP
  • 177 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 06/2021
  • B096HJSZLP
  • 177 pages
  • $8.49
Andy Wareing
Author, Illustrator
The Haunting of Edgar Allan Poe

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

On the night of 3rd October 1849, the poet and author Edgar Allan Poe was found, raving and in clothes not his own, outside a tavern in Baltimore’s seventh ward. He had been missing from the world for five days. In 19th Century America, two magical orders are at war. Doctor Carter leads the fight against the Dux de Obscurum, the Commanders of Darkness, who seek to snare demons in their sinister plot to seek dominion over the earth. In an effort to uncover the truth behind their friend’s mysterious disappearance Doctor Snodgrass and Captain Walker find themselves unexpectedly embroiled in the fight. Confronting witches and demons, Furies and sinister henchmen, the two friends meet unforeseen foes and fortuitous allies. Pursued relentlessly by the sinister and powerful cabal, not everybody is who they seem to be, and they try desperately to survive a world that imperils them both, a world that transcends nature. Will they be able to return to Baltimore with the truth, and in time, to save the soul of their friend?

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This tale of dark forces and the unlikely assemblage that stands against it is powered by an earnestly compelling mystery wrapped around an inventive, twisting reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's life that will be sure to captivate genre-lovers and admirers of Poe's work alike.

Prose/Style: Wareing's words flow from the page with a poetic grandeur and a grace that should enthrall most readers and immediately ensconce them in the time period. However, the occasional awkward dialogue arises to trip up the otherwise smooth procession of prose.

Originality: Wareing's novel gleans its ingenuity not so much from its macabre collection of denizens and do-gooders, but rather from its unique retelling of the life of one of the world's most famous—and famously harrowed—writers.

Character Development/Execution: Brought to life by Wareing's vivid prose, the cast of A Surcease of Sorrow enjoy a magnetism that endears them to the reader even before backstories are rolled out.

Date Submitted: June 06, 2021

Reviews
This breezy occult mystery from Wareing (Mistakes Were Made) fills in the gaps of Edgar Allan Poe’s unexplained five-day disappearance in 1849. Kind, inquisitive Baltimore doctor Joseph Snodgrass receives word from a stranger, retired Army captain William Walker, that the doctor’s old friend Poe was found bruised and disheveled in a tavern. Brought to the hospital, the mentally unstable Poe raves about a sinister reflection in a mirror tormenting him. Snodgrass and Walker team up to help Poe, following clues on a sword-stick cane found in Poe’s possession to John Carter, an occultist in Richmond, Va. Carter, the Chief Magus of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, reveals that Poe visited him claiming that he was being pursued by a spectral raven and admits that, after a botched ritual, an ancient demon named Raum has escaped into the world. With the help of Carter’s henchmen and three witch sisters, the group engages in pitched battles with supernatural creatures to save Poe—and the world. The story moves briskly through bustling streets and dusky taverns, expertly evoking the language, food, clothes, and sensibilities of the era. The eccentricities of this spirited outing will keep readers hooked. (Self-published)
Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2021
  • B096HJSZLP
  • 177 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 06/2021
  • B096HJSZLP
  • 177 pages
  • $8.49

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