Raven and Crow – Excerpt

Cover for Raven and CrowRaven and Crow by Luna Lawrence

When Angelina Grimke meets Edgar Allan Poe at a séance, he mocks her attempts to contact her dead fiancé, but hints that he knows a “scientific” way to raise the dead. Tormented by her grief for her lost love, she seeks out Poe who proposes to use “electro-magnetism” to bring her lover back. Can passion raise the dead? (M/F)

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I continued to berate him. As I had lost my Quaker patience, I left off my Quaker speech.

“What could a dandy like you know of the love that lives beyond the grave? You have your drunken revels, your gambling, your harlots…yes, I am from Charleston, Mr. Poe. I know of you as you know of me. Your debts and your quarrels and your dissipation are legend in the city, even now, even to one like me who cares nothing for idle gossip.”

The bottomless eyes seemed to glow with dark fire.

“And you knew love, did you, Miss Grimke? Your angelic betrothed showed you its pleasure in full?”

I drew back my hand to strike him in indignation, but stopped short.

A tear glinted in the corner of his eye. In spite of myself, I felt a pang of sympathy. Had even this dissolute monster known the soothing angel of love? Had he his own cherished vision, torn from him by the hand of death?


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