Monday, December 12, 2016


Karen Lee Street’s Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster is a book for Poe fans. 

Poe narrates the book. Someone is attacking him because of his grandparents’ involvement with the mysterious London Monster.

The Monster assaulted women in the late 1700s. He stabbed them in their derrières destroying their beautiful dresses and wounding them.

Authorities finally caught, convinced, and executed a man for the crimes, but likely that man was innocent.

Poe’s grandparents were somehow involved, and Poe gets the blame. Poe’s tormentor sends letters his grandparents wrote about the attacks. Those letters form roughly alternating chapters of the book.

In 1840, Poe meets with his fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin in London. They try to find Poe’s attacker. They also confront the man who framed Dupin’s parents and caused their execution.

Poe meets Madame Tussaud whose wax museum portrays the execution. During the investigation he sees mysterious ravens, hears hearts beating from beneath the floor of his hotel room, and is otherwise inspired to write his later stories. 

Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster seems meticulously researched. Karen Lee Street writes the book in Poe’s style. Poe and Dupin end up in séances, crypts, and other monstrous situations. It is all very Poe-like.

Edgar Allan Poe’s 18th-century style slows down the pace of the book, something I had to get used to, but all in all, the story was fun. It ended with the clear indication that Street plans to write another Edgar Allan Poe book.

I got this recently published book as a Kindle book from the local library. I hadn’t heard of it until I ran across it there.

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