SHE SANG BEYOND THE GENIUS OF THE SEA,
AND HE HEARD...
As children they met and built sand castles on a beach out of space and time: Edgar Perry, Little Annie, and Edgar Allan Poe.... Fifteen years later, Perry meets Annie again, all grown up and beautiful - and in the real world. She warns him of his mortal peril, then flees for Europe on a mysterious black ship.
Perry is recruited by a fabulously wealthy man to follow that ship to Europe where he meets the famed detective Auguste Dupin, has an encounter with a Maelstrom and a black raven, has a run in with a Pit and a Pendulum, and lives many more of the stories his alter ego, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote. He and Poe have exchanged places: Perry will thrive in the dark, romantic world where lead can be transmuted to gold, ravens can speak, orangutans can commit murder, and beautiful women are easy to come by; while Poe is now doomed to live out his life a misfit, and end as a pauper, a drunk, and a genius....
". .. original and truly excellent. . . . One of the strangest and most compelling fantasies I've ever read."
— Science Fiction Chronicle
"Two excellent authors have mes styles, imaginations, and visions of Poe good effect here . . . recommended. .
". . . intelligent, lively, fun-loving adventures ... an awful lot of fun."
— The New York Review Science Fiction