About the Author
Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Odd & True, The Steep and Thorny Way, The Cure for Dreaming, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
“Brooding, macabre, romantic, and surprisingly whimsical . . . A must-read for Poe fans, and Poe newcomers alike.”
— Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
"A darkly delicious tale that’s sure to haunt readers forevermore."
— Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series
“A captivating and intensively researched tribute to the famous poet and his gothic muse.”
— A. G. Howard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stain and the Splintered series
“Winters’s smart, silvery, slithering prose finds beauty in the grotesque—and what is art if not that?”
— Daniel Kraus, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water
“Spellbinding, imaginative, whimsical, and unforgettable. A rattling good tale that is worthy of the master poet himself.”
— Dwight L. MacPherson, author of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe
"Several of Poe's most well-known works enhance the narrative, complemented by the author's own finely crafted writing that flows with gorgeous, Poe-inspired phrases . . . A labor of literary love that will appeal to fans of Gothic horror and anyone who has ever had to assuage a determined muse."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Winters effectively infuses Poe’s macabre aesthetic into her fictional retelling of his life. Fans of classic literature will delight in the many references to mythology and other poets; fans of Poe himself are bound to enjoy passages written in a similar voice to “The Raven,” as well as the many allusions to his early works."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Well-researched and darkly entertaining."
— Publishers Weekly
"Eerie, macabre, and appropriately esoteric, Winters' (Odd and True, 2017) story of a mysterious soul will speak to literary teens"
"Winters strategically creates a physical being, Lenore the Muse, as a metaphor for passion or dreams, a theme that rings true as Poe tries to ignore and escape his gothic poetry . . . teen fans of Poe’s poetry will learn about his life and the included verses will create new fans."
— School Library Journal
"Fans of Poe will nevertheless find this a 'must read.'"
— School Library Connection