Authors: Gordon McAlpine
THE TELL-TALE START
THE TELL-TALE START
illustrations by Sam Zuppardi
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To my Dad—G. M.
To Jade—S. Z.
A black cat crossing your path signifies
that the animal is going somewhere.
NO ORDINARY SCHOOL DAY
and Allan Poe sat beside each other in the back row of their homeroom class, asleep. They’d been up late the night before, reading the latest in their favorite series, True Stories of Horror, and now they leaned shoulder-to-shoulder, head-to-head, together in dreamland. Like little sleeping angels….
Well, maybe not angels.
The Poe twins bore an uncanny resemblance to their famous great-great-great-great granduncle Edgar Allan Poe, the author of gothic tales so horrifying that for close to two centuries they have kept readers awake long into the night. Edgar and Allan were proud of their great-great-great-great granduncle and happy to look like him. Nonetheless, the resemblance ensured they would never be mistaken for run-of-the-mill boys.
The author Edgar Allan Poe as he looked in the 1840s
The Poe twins today
It wasn’t just external similarities that the boys shared with their great-great-great-great granduncle—they also shared his taste for the thrilling and unexpected.