In his brief and unstable life Edgar Allan Poe created some of the most memorable works of American literature. As William Carlos Williams once wrote, "Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth." This essay sketches the life and work of Poe, paying special attention to his reception among other writers and critics.
On the day of his disappearance, Robert Wellfetch left a manuscript on his friend's front porch. That manuscript - reprinted here - tells an unsettling story in which the author is stalked by a mysterious stranger who seems intent on destroying his life.
Although Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, he wanted to be remembered for his other achievements. "I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could hardly be exceeded," he wrote in his autobiography. "I have sampled every kind of human experience."
In this biographical essay, Robert Lark discusses Conan Doyle's life and literature.
"Illusions" is a meditative work of short fiction by Matthew Avanton. It is divided into separate stories, some of which are exceedingly concise and distinct from the typical short story published today. Though the pieces can be appreciated individually, they are essentially parts of a whole. They portray, as Avanton says, a collection of separate memories forming an inseparable past.