On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman.
One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at the Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame.
Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time.
Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.
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A Talented Writer of the Macabre
- Kim Scott
A different take on Poe
Yes, I thought it was enjoyable.
The fate of Lenore is quite memorable. The story is very atmospheric with a memorable depiction of the swamp.
I have mixed feelings about the narration. I thought overall it was very good for the story; it captured the atmosphere, but was not quite right for Poe as a character. This was a minor flaw.