Where would we be without the works of Edgar Allan Poe? He basically created a genre, and his works have gone on to influence and inspire millions and even still to this day, his work is as relevant as it was when it first hit. So, when I got the opportunity to check out Titan Books’ Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective, I pretty much jumped at the chance, I mean, Poe is the freakin’ godfather!
So, as I’m sure many of you are aware, Poe originally released his short tale The Murders in the Rue Morgue in Graham’s Magazine in 1841, and the tale is included in the anthology. The tale follows C. Auguste Dupin as he uncovers the mystery of two brutal murders in Paris. Upon investigation, several eyewitnesses cannot agree on the language in which the murderer spoke, also the inclusion of some hair which appears to not be human only thickens the plot.
The tale itself pretty much created the term detective, and without this, we would not have such icons as Sherlock Holmes or even the adventures of one Hercule Poirot. So, the anthology itself continues the legacy of C. Auguste Dupin, as further tales are brought forward by some of the best authors of today, including, Clive Barker, Mike Carey, Simon Clark, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Massie, Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro, Lisa Tuttle, and Stephen Volk.
The stories in the anthology vary as the adventures Dupin continue, as he faces some new enemies, some human and some are more supernatural, but either way, the stories included are intriguing, and if you love the character or are simply new to Dupin, I think you will love this and find totally engrossing.
It’s not only a great book filled with great stories, it’s an awesome tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, the man who basically created the first literary detective for the world to see, and Paul Kane and Charles Prepolec, who put the book together have done a fantastic job at incorporating the stories from such great authors.
In all honesty, I’ve never really been one for detective tales, but, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, is a great tale and an even better history lesson. I recommend you check this one out when it hits this July 16th, it’s a fascinating read with some great short stories which just flow so well. I will tell you now, you will have a hard time putting this sucker down once you’ve picked it up.