The Black Cat by Robert Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe's chilling examination of the descent into evil is reinterpreted in this riveting story of murder and witchcraft in a small town. Guided by a secret cache of papers left to him, town journalist John Charles Poe, descendent of Edgar Allan, sets out to discover what is behind an outbreak of evil in his town. Author Robert Poe is actually a distant relative of Edgar Allan Poe .

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published October 15, 1997 by Forge Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Poe, a distant relative of Edgar Allan, follows up his debut psychological thriller, Return to the House of Usher (1996), with another variation on a classic Poe story, again set in Crowley Creek, Virginia.

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Basing his second novel, like his first (Return to the House of Usher), on a classic Edgar Allan Poe short story, Robert Poe successfully (though predictably) balances the plot of the original tale with a modern story of teen rebellion and town frenzy.

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Monsters and Critics

So now Poe has to sit down and write another of his “fantastic” tales that the public loves so much so he can get some cash to pay the doctor (who refuses to treat Virginia since Poe hasn’t paid him for the last time, and you thought your HMO was bad).

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Slant Magazine

Not only does the cat's sneaky ins and out frequently shock Usher but Argento heightens the element of surprise by shooting parts of the film from the cat's eyeline.

Dec 22 2001 | Read Full Review of The Black Cat

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