WHY YOU SHOULD READ MY BOOK
TODAY: Finding Poe by Leigh M. Lane
Thanks so much for considering my work for promotion on your blog. I would like to give my Gothic horror, Finding Poe, a little nudge. It is not my newest book, but it is the one I feel is most deserving of more attention. My short argument:
I believe horror should work on multiple levels, and I’m a big advocate for the resurgence of classic tropes. I wrote Finding Poe as an homage to not only one of the greatest writers of all time but also to a genre that deserves far more attention on the contemporary front. The Gothic structure is as elegant as the language use it requires. It turns terror and suspense into art in its purest form.
My motif has long been, “Words are like shards of stained glass. By themselves they’re worthless; however, when placed together in just the right way, they can become brilliant works of art.” In no other genre is this more evident. Gothic horror is immersive, elusive, and disturbing all at once. Few writers have done justice to the genre as deeply and beautifully as has Poe.
When I set out to write Finding Poe, I had in mind a meta-Gothic story. That is, I wanted to write a novel that not only fit the Gothic requirements but also offered an analysis of the genre itself. What resulted was a mosaic pieced together from elements of Poe’s greatest works. Fans will notice references from over twenty of his poems and short stories. Moreover, they will notice an underlying theme that pulls those pieces into a cohesive whole. The work is a puzzle in and of itself, and those who solve it will have a deeper understanding of what drove the Gothic master himself.