“We can’t stop here. This is bat country.”
Welcome one and all to my stop on the blog tour! And also my very first blog tour!! It’s amazing to me that the first blog tour I would be asked on is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe stories. As most moody- I’m too cool to be goth- I don’t believe in labels- teens I was absolutely obsessed with Poe and his dark stories. The first time I read one of his stories was in 10th grade and I still remember that excitement after we had finished reading The Fall of the House of Usher. The teacher asked us all what we think happened in the end and I was the only one who spoke.
“He died.” I said simply and evenly.
He meaning Usher of course. From then I was hooked, I devoured Poe as if I were ravenous.
And I was.
Anthologies are fun. Oftentimes they are a miss, some stories lacking the power of the others. Rarely do I find myself completely obsessed with a book of short stories. And retellings? They’re hard to do. This book managed to hold my interest from start to finish and by the end I discovered authors I had never known about before, but now would hopelessly and utterly read more of their work. That is the true sign of a good anthology.
‘The marquee behind me proclaims Prospero’s dominion across the night sky.
I do not bother proclaiming mine. ‘
We all are familiar with Edgar Allan Poe’s work but of course there are stories more well known than others. In His Hideous Heart we get a mix of the known and the unknown and the combination is delicious. It’s stark and so well written.
The authors and the characters are diverse in all factions. They tell you their story through their stories. There are a handful of narratives that are modernized as they mention Hayley Kiyoko, Iphones, and new slang. They work so very well because each author is fantastic in their own right and while you may think you know the ending, you never do.
Some of my favorites are:
- The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles
- It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson
- The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig
- Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn
All of the stories are great however. You won’t be disappointed in any of the work. Whether its modernized, set in the past, or includes mythical creatures such as fae, eldritches, and monsters, they are all well written and leave you hungry for more.
And there is more.
Included in the book are the original tales by Edgar Allan Poe which are fun to read and cross reference. I really like how they included that because it’s two books in one! Now, I don’t have to hunt for my old collection of Poe.
The future is ours, these stories are ours. It’s creative and fun to delve into the mind of one of the greatest horror writers in history and make it our own. From betrayal, lost love, and murder His Hideous Heart takes the best out of this current array of talented authors and siphons it directly into our veins, brains, and heart. Multitudes upon dark multitudes. You absolutely love to see it.
I’ve talked too much – you’re at your destination now. Please be sure to follow this blog tour on all its stops. And please remember that ravens have a long memory. Never cross them.
Thank you very much to the publisher for this opportunity as well as my ARC and physical copy of my book. All opinions are my own.
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel, and His Hideous Heart, which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
- Dahlia Adler
- Kendare Blake
- Rin Chupeco
- Lamar Giles
- Tessa Gratton
- Tiffany D. Jackson
- Stephanie Kuehn
- Emily Lloyd-Jones
- amanda lovelace
- Hillary Monahan
- Marieke Nijkamp
- Caleb Roehrig
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books