The Raven’s Tale – Cat Winters

Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Odd & TrueThe Steep and Thorny WayThe 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.

Everyone knows Edgar Allan Poe—now it’s time to meet the Muse who inspired him.

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!”

“A captivating and intensively researched tribute to the famous poet and his gothic muse. Against the tapestry of young Poe’s real-world struggles and tortured relationships, Winters weaves a macabre thread of surrealism through meter and rhyme—at times so dreamy in its rhythms and imagery it teeters between hypnotic and horrifying. I will never look at my own muse the same again, nor will I dare deny it.”

-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, co-host of The Raven Lunat

On Sale Date: April 16, 2019 – Amulet Books

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