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Stuck in another time, Richard Langley just wants to find his way back home.
Richard, a former college professor, wanders a local neighborhood bookstore where he stumbles upon the find of a lifetime: a signed copy of Tamerlane and Other Poems. He's then swept to another era where he is alone, confused, and his only mission is to get back to where he came from.
While struggling to adapt to his nineteenth-century environment, Richard meets a man he must help exonerate from false accusations in order to restore history's original timeline and, ultimately, find his way back.
What Richard did not count on, was that man being the owner of the signature...
Edgar Allan Poe.
As Richard stood in front of the bedroom’s gold-plated mirror, he wondered how much money the owners actually had. It must’ve been a shit-load, even by his early twenty-first century standards. His eye had stopped bleeding but the cloth had been soaked-through and was in desperate need of changing. After pulling the bandage off, he felt the hair ripped from its follicles, figuring it more sanitary to keep it off. He remembered it tinged with rust-colored stains, and a musty odor when first applied. It disgusted him.
Accompanied by his oil lantern, Richard sat on the king-size bed. He remembered it from earlier and couldn’t believe the irony. As he peeled the covers to climb into bed, something dropped onto the floor. After reaching down beside the bed, he felt around and retrieved the object. His eyes struggled to see in the blanket of darkness. He held his lantern up, noticing the familiar book and title: Tamerlane and other poems, 1827. Copy two of fifty.
It looked like his book. It felt like his book. But in much better shape than he remembered. This particular copy looked like it had been printed yesterday. Upon closer inspection, he noticed the absence of any signature and no inscribed message was present. He struggled to recall what it said, something about an emerald lady. He hid the book underneath the mattress, concluding that it could be his ticket home and blew out the candle, wondering if he might awake in his own bed.COLLAPSE
Lydia Kang, Author of A Beautiful Poison and Opium and Absinthe. wrote:
"Dark as a raven's wing, The Poe Predicament rushes at you like a cutpurse only to snatch the rug from beneath your feet. A smashing combination of mystery and time travel, this debut novel from Phil Thomas is a compulsive read."
Daniel Braum, Author of Underworld Dreams. wrote:
"A delightful mix of time-travel and twisty mystery, The Poe Predicament will appeal to all Edgar Allen Poe fans who wish to step back in time and meet the man himself. An entertaining read!"
James Chambers, Bram Stoker Award-winning Author of On the Night Border and Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. wrote:
"Heartfelt, innovative, and imaginative, Phil Thomas delivers a tour-de-force first novel with The Poe Predicament. Featuring a seamless blend of historical fiction, mystery, and science fiction, this unique creation is sure to vault to the top of every genre lover's to-read pile."
David Dunwoody, author of The 3 Egos and Unbound wrote:
"A page-turning, edge-of-your-seat tale certain to delight fans of Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Predicament spins a fantastic, mesmerizing tale of dark spirits and cross-time calamities. Don't dare miss it!"
"A strong, intriguing debut novel. Thomas has a unique voice and puts it to fine use."
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