Thursday, June 21, 2012

Guest Post~Review~Giveaway: Poe's Mother by Michael Meeske

Blurb: 1975. A 15-year-old young woman. A small, dusty town. A family that worships the great American author Edgar Allan Poe, and carries his surname.
Poe's Mother is a startling new novel of dark family secrets, the lure of the supernatural, the claustrophobic isolation of a dying town and a cautionary tale of the power of words.
This is the story of Sissy Baxter and her strange relationship with Edgar and Madeline Poe - two people who claim they love her. What Sissy discovers will change her life forever, and love will never be the same.
(This book is for mature readers.)

I lived in Boston for 20 years and always considered Poe a Bostonian, even though he professed no great love for the city where he was born in 1809. Poe, of course, traveled wherever his career and money would take him, leading him ultimately to his death in Baltimore. Poe’s life was not an easy one and over the past century, many details, fact and fiction, have entered the Poe canon. Perhaps no other American writer’s work has been as analyzed, scrutinized or dissected through literary scholarship, yet important aspects of his life remain a mystery. Recently, Matthew Mercier, a writer and story teller, contributed these amazing ten observations to the Poe canon at Because I’m on a book tour for my novel Poe’s Mother, I couldn’t resist passing along Matthew’s post. Read, enjoy and learn more about the world of Edgar Allan Poe.
10 Weird Things About Poe 
Source: Received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did not receive any payment for review.

My Review
Sissy Baxter lives with her brother, Riven, in a small town called Nodoline. Everyone in the town knows each other. Edgar lives with his mother, Madeline. Sissy tells of the Poe's and how the towns people don't like them because they're "different," and different makes you strange. Sissy spends the afternoon with Ginny and some guy friends at the pool. After some time, she decides to walk home. On her way, she bumps into Edgar, who invites her to Sunday dinner at his home. Sissy considers his proposition and continues home to check in with Riven. Riven urges Sissy to stay away from that house and the Poe's. Strange things begin happening with Sissy, making her question her sanity. Something terrible happens to her and she flees to the Poe's. She has dinner with Edgar and he proposes that she work for them during the summer. She considers taking it for the money because she cannot wait to leave Nodoline.

The Poe's are hiding a big secret and not everything is as it seems.

Will Sissy learn the truth about what is happening to her?
Is the life that she has been living, a lie?

My thoughts...

I am having the hardest time trying to wrap my head around what I just read. Psychological thrillers aren't usually my cup of tea, too much going on for me to understand at times. The book is told in Sissy and Madeline Poe's POV's. This book was extremely disturbing for me. The best way that I could describe this book, would be TRIPPY! It was definitely enjoyable. It contained some scenes towards the end that made mentally cringe. If creepy is your thing, then you should absolutely read this book. The last paragraph was seriously the biggest mind f*** EVER!! I keep asking myself "What on earth did I just read." I will have to read it again sometime to fully grasp it's meaning.

About the Author
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 Motheris his latest release available exclusively on  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 [email protected].

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