The Raven's Tale

Coming May 2019 from Abrams

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: "Let them see me!"

Award-winning historical novelist Cat Winters pulls back the curtains on the early years of one of the world’s most iconic yet misunderstood authors. Blending realism with Poe-esque horror, poetry with prose, The Raven’s Tale unfolds as a literary rock opera that travels through the Southern mansions, the cemeteries, and the dark psychological corridors that transformed a troubled yet brilliant teenage boy into the legendary Edgar Allan Poe.


Watch Cat Winters talk about The Raven's Tale on the Edgar Allan Poe web show The Raven Lunatics:


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