Saturday, June 23, 2012

Poe's Mother by Michael Meeske Blog Tour, Giveaway and Book Review

Today I get to bring you a very special Blog Tour Book Review for Poe's Mother by Michael Meeske.

Book Blurb:
 1975. A small, dusty town. A family who worships the great American author. A startling story of lost innocence, a dying town and the power of words, told from the viewpoints of a 15-year-old girl and Madeline Poe - Poe's Mother. Love will never be the same.

Author Bio:
 Michael Meeske writes across genres, including romance, mystery, suspense, horror and gothic fiction, a genre that blends horror and romance, and has its roots in some of the earliest novels ever written. Poe’s Mother is his latest release available exclusively on Amazon. com. 
From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President of Florida Romance Writers (FRW). He has been a member of FRW and the Romance Writers of America since 2002. He also was an active member of the Writers’ Room of Boston, a non-profit working space for novelists, poets and playwrights.
Michael’s writing credits include Frankenstein’s Daemon, a sequel to Frankenstein, offered through Usher Books. He also is the co-author of His Weekend Proposal, a tender category romance published in August 2009 by The Wild Rose Press under the pen name of Alexa Grayson (soon to be published in Greece); Zombieville, a short story included in a 2011 anthology by FRW writers, available at, and Tears, a short-story published in the Fall 2000 issue of Space & Time, a magazine of fantasy and science fiction. Usher Books will publish additional works by Michael in 2012 and 2013.
Some of his influences are Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, Richard Matheson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. You can contact Michael at

My Thoughts and Review:
I went through a stage in my high school life that I had to devour all of Poe's work. It started with a simple English assignment to read the ever famous Raven and just went down hill for me from there. I really can't say even now what drew me into his writing. Was it the darkness and the angst of being a teenager at the time? Was it that I saw through to his tortured soul and felt sorry for him? Or was it something else entirely?

The lure of the lost love? The heartbreak, the longing?

I truly can not say.

But appeal to me he did and so began my brief fascination with his work.

So maybe as an adult, years later, seeing this story, well for whatever reason, I found myself being drawn to it and wanting to find out what it was all about. To get a glimpse into the life of (another)Poe, however fictional it may be.

And this was a story worthy of Poe. A little unusual and a little dark. And full of weird.

To be honest, I think I am still trying to process it all. Still trying to figure out the reality of the story from the non-reality. And yes, this was a little creepy. Okay a lot creepy and a lot eww too to be honest. Maybe a little too ick for me.

There is a lot going on in this story and it is indeed dark and twisted and something worthy of Poe himself.

If you like tortured souls and lots of darkness, this would be the tale for you.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks like my kind of book! Thanks for the introduction. I love Poe, so this is an especially interesting story line with promising characters.