EVERMORE edited by James Robert Smith and Stephen Mark Rainey. Sauk City, WI; Arkham House; 2006. 1st edition hardcover.
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe. It has been nearly two centuries since Poe left to the world a trove of literary treasures that have inspired generation after generation as few purveyors of the written word ever have. He created frequently beautiful, always mysterious, and oftentimes hideous fantasy worlds in prose and poem; fathered at least an entire genre that today flourishes; has been flattered by literal hordes of imitators (of which only a handful, including H.P. Lovecraft, have achieved noteworthiness; and in the last half-century has become virtually synonymous with Vincent Price. Countless volumes of Poe’s work have been compiled and released over the years, and numerous chronicles of life exist -- yet Poe himself has always remained enigmatic, having left primarily cryptic clues that reveal only glimpses of the person inside the façade he presented to the world. Most agree that, during his lifetime, he intentionally created a persona that would propagate interest in his literary ventures. But even the cause of his untimely death was argued by those who examined his body. Did he merely succumb to a long love affair with the bottle, or was he beaten to death by unknown assailants, his body quite free of alcohol at the time? In EVERMORE, fifteen writers examine Edgar Allan Poe from as many different perspectives. Some who afford us glimpses into the poet’s life, as if to convince us they know certain secrets - some forbidding, some alluring - that that no one else could; others as participants in Poe’s own dreams, living and breathing within the works he created. In each of EVERMORE’s tales, Poe and his legacy come to life in new and unprecedented ways, proving that the master himself remains just as intriguing, and just as vital, as when the unsuspecting readers first found themselves taunted by an avian horror who spoke to them nothing more than the simple word "Nevermore." Fine in fine dj.