Hey El Moochadores! So, Sherlock Holmes wasn’t the first detective born of literature. It was actually a frenchman who was first imagined by the great-grandfather of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe! Okay, so I don’t read much Poe (I love reading classic literature but, to me, Poe’s work always felt like the literary equivalent of trying to swallow small wads of cotton), however Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin first appeared in the 1841 story, The Rue Morgue and spawned the notion of the quirky, yet brilliant, detective of seemingly unsolvable murder and mayhem. Celebrating Monsieur Dupin is new book by Titan Books that brings together ten brilliant modern authors! Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Detective, is a collection of nine stories and begins with Poe’s original tale (the Rue Morgue) and an introduction by Paul Kane and Charles Prepolec. Each story picks up at a different point in Dupin’s life and even the lives of his ancestors. Despite my not being a fan of Poe’s work, I have to say I quite enjoyed this collection of stories. Most are told through the voice of Poe’s nameless narrator (at least I never picked up on a name…) and most of the stories continue with the annoying habit of blocking out a characters name (ie: Monsieur D____ ), but over all they give Dupin a depth that I don’t think Poe was capable of in 1941. The contributing writers are Clive Barker, Mike Carey, Simon Clark, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Massie, Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro, Lisa Tuttle, and Stephen Volk. Beyond the Rue Morgue is out in all book stores now or you can get a copy at Titan Books now.!

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