Monday, December 09, 2013 8:28:00 PM
Finding Poe by Leigh M. Lane
Reviewed for The Masquerade Crew:
Finding Poe is a quite a fascinating piece of work. The title page has a subtitle which reads A Tale of Inspiration and Horror; well, I can agree one hundred percent with the horror piece of that puzzle. I dare any of you to find a smidgen of inspiration anywhere ...LOL! Okay, if you happen to be a writer you might find some inspiration from Ms. Lane's writing style which I found to be exceptionally good.
What I loved: I have always been fascinated with Edgar Allen Poe's work, his work is so twisted and macabre ( but in the best conceivable way) that I couldn't help being fascinated with it. I mean The Tell Tale Heart & The Pit and The Pendulum ...come on, it's wicked good! Ms.Lane did a fantastic job sticking to a style requires you to travel to some very deep, dark places ...both on the page and in your mind. She's woven a terrific horror tale ( not for the kiddies) which leads you through the many twists and turns faced by poor Karina, a high bread girl who travels with her husband,Brantley, to America. The two are escaping some rather shady events back home and are beginning a new life as"lighthouse attendants" ...really? I won't spoil it for you, there are so many bizarre happenings you'll want to experience them for yourself first hand!
What I didn't love: Although the story was extremely well written, there are moments that are so convoluted that I wasn't quite sure where we were going with the story. Unfortunate, because if your not determined, as I am, you might give up. I urge you to continue as the end will satisfy your momentary confusions.
All in all: A good choice for the horror fan, and the cover art by Michael Ezaky is a perfect compliment to the work! Also, I'd like to mention that I really appreciated the manner with which the characters spoke and other descriptive pieces used by the author to stay true to the time period.