Short Story Review: “An Open Letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, From a Fervent Admirer” by Michael Shea

2 of 5 stars.

Epistolary writing, creative writing done through the form of letters, was popular in 19th Century writing. The Victorian Era is also known for some very bad poetry: emphasized rhyme with little regard to rhythm, maudlin tones and voice. Bringing the two together in the form of a fan letter composed in the stylized 19th Century voice and containing terrible poetry works for historic reasons.

The fervent fan of this letter is clearly not entirely human, he emerges from the mythos of Lovecraft. He’s found a sense of understanding in the deceased E. A. Poe, which is of little surprise with Poe’s macabre themes. Unfortunately, that’s the entire gist of this short letter.

This tale appears in the New Lovecraftian anthology, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran. I received my copy of the anthology directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously reviewed this author’s “Copping Squid” and “Momma Durtt”.
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