Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Dectective

edgar allan poeBefore there was a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Edgar Allan Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin the sleuth from Paris, France. The short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” appeared in Graham’s Magazine in 1841 and kicked off an influential fictional character in which he uses his brains and wit instead of guns and physical combat to solve mysteries.

Editors Paul Kane & Charles Prepolec have brought together an amazing group of award-winning authors to the table featuring new adventures of Auguste Dupin by Clive Barker, Mike Carey, Simon Clark, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Massie, Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro, Lisa Tuttle and Stephen Volk.

The book collects 10 short stories including Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and here are the shorts stories that caught my attention:

The Sons of Tammany by Mike Carey – Near last stages of life, Harper’s Weekly editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast recounts his tale of working with the famous detective in New York City and becoming his Watson of sorts, a sidekick. As Nast takes him on a tour of New York City, they find themselves trying to solve the murder of 20 bridge construction workers.

The Unfathomed Darkness by Simon Clark – When Dupin is contacted by a sailor who found a treasure trove of books during his trip to the Eastern Mediterranean, Dupin is incredibly excited – “Books, books, and books!” On way to get acquired the rare books, they hear a woman scream and find a dead corpse dropped from the sky! Now Dupin needs to find out why.

The Weight of a Dead Man by Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro – The year is 1895, near the Mexican-American border, Douglas, Arizona. Nate Dupes is working with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and is hot on the trail of a stolen painting. On the hunt of the Caravaggio painting, he finds that girls are disappearing in the town. Nate will need to use all the detective skills passed onto him by his famous grandfather Auguste Dupin to solve the kidnappings.

The Vanishing Assassin by Jonathan Maberry – When Monsieur G. – the Prefect of the Parisian police stops by and brings to attention of a dead body, Dupin is on the case. A corpse is found at a high society club, the Jockey Club de Paris and the search is on for a mysterious killer “Anna Gata.”

From Darkness, Emerged, Returned by Elizabeth Massie – We are taken back to Brooklyn, New York circa 1890s where Molly Dupin lives, the great grand-daughter of Auguste Dupin. A milkman named Peter Garret is murdered in Molly’s neighborhood and through her dreams, her grandfather advises her in finding the killer.

This is a great collection of shorts inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin. And it’s plain fun to read new stories and see how modern writer’s take of Poe’s iconic character. If you don’t have time to read a 500 page novel, might I suggest reading a collection of short stories: Beyond Rue Morgue – Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Detective.

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Paperback: Beyond Rue Morgue – Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Detective

Authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Clive Barker, Mike Carey, Simon Clark, Joe R. Landsdale, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Massie, Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro, Lisa Tuttle and Stephen Volk

Editors: Paul Kane & Charles Prepolec

Publisher: Titan Books

MSRP: $14.95USD

Available: July 26, 2013

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