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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,196 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Length: 10h 44min

2013 Winner
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

It's Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It's the one-year anniversary of his parents' deaths, he's stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.

But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimi
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Dmitri is in his early 20s and let's face it, he's a slacker. He writes obituaries at a newspaper that is the town's version of a Motel 6. His boss is always threatening to fire him, and you know, he kind of deserves it. He's a sort of gray character: not a bad guy, but he needs work. His parents also died recently, so he's basically all alone, drifting. Then he meets Lisa. He finds a weird ring his dad left behind. Strange things start happening.

We have a spo
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Let me get straight to my two gripes about Poe, mainly because they involve things not between the covers of this excellent novel. First, that book cover. I took me a little while to get to this book (it was a review copy provided by Netgalley) because the cover screams Young Adult. (It is definitely not YA). Also the title is a bit misleading. While the title does tie into the book it led me to think the plot may have something to do with the author who wrote all those delicious short stories. ...more
Poe is what I would classify as Horror-Lite. That's not a bad thing, I really like soft-core horror stories. I'm not one of those readers who seeks out books where the boogeyman jumps out of the shadows on the last page and devours the main character.
I do enjoy spooky stories with interesting protagonists.
For me, Poe was a total winner in both categories.

Dimitri isn't anything special. Or so he thinks.
His parents both died unexpectedly a year ago, and since then he's been sort of drifting aroun
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This might have been rated higher, nearly was, but the detractors were just too...well detracting, distracting and intelligence insulting. But first, a digression...I vaguely remember Poe, vaguely remember dismissing it as another YA novel. I don't do YA. I don't even like the term, it seems like a yet another uber PC exercise in nomenclature that is so preoccupied with not offending, it in fact fails to accurately describe. YA is suppose to be (according to the official definition) appropriate ...more
First Reads Review - Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

Not really being a huge reader of horror, I wasn't quite sure what to think of this book as an example of the genre. I can say that it was fun enough to read, that the writing was solid, that the mood was sufficiently creepy, that the supernatural elements were revealed in small enough increments that I didn't feel overwhelmed by it or put off. This could have been a very good book, really if not for one thing, and that was the relationship between main
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark urban fantasy, horror
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of dark urban fantasy/horror
Book Available: Oct. 22, 2013 in paperback, Audiobook and e-book formats
Trigger Warnings: violence, murder

My Thoughts: While this book is essentially horror, or dark fantasy, it is also very funny. Dimitri has a wonderfully sarcastic and snarky way of looking at the world, and the way he messes with Nate and Bob is a beautiful thing to see. The prologue pulls you right into the mystery of th
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had seen this advertised on my Kindle, added it to my TBR list on Goodreads and then the author sent me a friend request. Seeing her posts on the books and some of the reviews for this book made me want to read it all the more. I just had to read this book and went and borrowed the book from Amazon Prime (my first book borrowed in like two years of having Prime haha).

As soon as I started the story, I was hooked and ended up reading the first 30% in one sitting. A few days passed before I was a
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, horror
Nope. I don't care for lighthearted scary with juvenile dialogue. Nope.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read almost to the very end of a book, then stopped just ten pages to go? No, I never have either until now.

My overall impression: absolute confusion. I never understood what this was all about, where it was going, or how it was getting there. Just when I would think, I got it! - I'd be confused in the next paragraph or chapter. There was simply too much going on, all of it packed in like sardines, or...

It's as if it's a mystery in a package - an intricately tied-up one - and you c
“Two weeks. Everything you love, own, and cherish, can be gone, liquidated, and lost forever in two weeks. Give or take a day.”

Dimitri Petrov is a would-be novelist and current obituary writer for an irrelevant newspaper. He gets tasked last minute with covering a séance at a local haunted house on Halloween (of course), he meets his dream girl, and there’s a lot of awkward conversation where he manages to win her over… somehow. But his life admittedly goes a bit downhill from there when he
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ya, fantasy
Great. Me, Nate, and a psychic hairdresser spending the first anniversary of my parents' death in some kind of decrepit mansion that's probably a death trap and will certainly set off my mold allergies.

I'm just going to confess up front that I'm a classic scaredy cat. 364 days a year I steadfastly avoid any books that are likely to be frightening, but there is - every now and then - a book that makes me throw caution to the wind (it goes without saying it that I then spend the next 364 days re
 Simply Sam ツ
Well, I'm impressed. This was a really great read, especially considering it's the author's debut novel- though I will say, the title is a tad misleading and I wouldn't classify technically this book as horror. There are horror aspects, sure, as it's a ghost story and has a fair amount of gore, but there's also an element of paranormal fantasy and a little mystery thrown in for good measure. I think it was all really well crafted. I loved the atmosphere, I thought the character's voices sounded ...more
Pamela Beckford
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where to start with this review. It can be summed up with one word though - WOW!

This was a well-written, intense, fast-paced book. Once I began, I could not stop reading until the very last word. The storyline was well thought out and crafted. Stephen King could take a few pointers. Many times if a book has a paranormal theme, I do a big eye roll because it isn't very plausible. Not so with this book.

I highly recommend this book unless you are faint of heart.
Nicole Jakubowski
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I didn't award five stars was because I found some parts of the dream sequences and the number of people from the past a little confusing. Well written, suspenseful and well developed characters. Great job and deserving of the 2013 Breakthrough Novel award for Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
Ms. Nikki
Sep 17, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Giveaway on starting 1/23/14 through 1/30/14. ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the hype about this book, I was excited to get my hands on a copy. After reading the book's summary, my expectations became even higher, and I couldn't wait to start reading it.

Long story (pardon the pun) short: This is one of those rare cases where my high expectation were absolutely met.

The story is comprised of so many elements that it's bound to appeal to any number of readers on some level. Most obviously, the story hinges around the events that occur after a seance in a hau
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#AWSFF: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
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Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn probably isn't a genre of book I'd usually read, but something about it screamed to me "Read me", so I obeyed.

The plot is fairly simple: Dimitri fell into a deep'ish depression when his parents passed away. He'd dropped out of college and was getting nowhere on his novel. He did, barely, have a job writing the local obituaries. On Halloween, his boss gave him yet another chance to save his job: head on out to the local dilapidated mansion and write up a story on the exper
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and look forward to more by this author. It came up as a recommendation on my Kindle, I downloaded a free excerpt, and then bought the book to keep reading. I thought it was a highly enjoyable novel by a new author. It has elements of horror but at its core this is more of a mystery with supernatural elements (with a bit or romance and coming-of-age thrown in). It reminds me of books that I read in my youth that merged haunted houses with post-cognition (as opposed to true time ...more
Fj Labuschagne
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully grim horror-thriller and love story that had me smiling at times and also had me uneasy at times, especially reading it alone after dark. The wit and sarcasm of the main character is something that I enjoyed. The budding relationship between him and the leading lady was natural and without any clichés one would expect in a young-adult genre. One of the best books I have read in this genre with lovely passages which can be quoted. There are also references to Russian culture, as wel ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from GR in exchange for a honest review. honestly? I really liked it! it's one of those books you start reading then look up and hours & hours have past.
these are some notes I jotted down while reading through the book:
the first few chapters are rather depressing, or you feel Dimitri's depression over the loss of his parents.
I loved, loved, loved Aspinwall. I wanted to know every last detail about he house. I loved the flash back scenes.
it's really nice following Dimitri.
P. Kirby
Categorizing Poe as horror is a strrrrrretch.

I guess if you didn't grow up on a steady diet of Stephen King and similar horror writers, and you're a tender soul who finds the Halloween Store's made-in-China animatronics frightening, then...okay, "horror."

A more apt description would be urban fantasy with ghosts.

Poe began as five star book. I loved the protagonist's, Dimitri's, snarky voice and for the first third of the story, the writing made my brain all buzzy and creative, the portent of a "k
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Stars for Story, 4 Stars for Luke Daniels' Narration


The story had a few twists and turns that I didn't quite expect. I liked it much more than I thought I would. Thus far, this is the best narration I've heard by Luke Daniels. He is a favorite narrator for several of my friends but I don't always enjoy his take on books. This was a great story to continue the spooky tales trend I had going for Halloween. The author did a good job because I was left wanting to see what else will
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through NetGalley for an honest review.

I was really happy that I decided to get this book, it caught me off guard and made me love the characters. The writing was fun but still managed to convey a feeling of menace, maybe because even the bad guy had a sense of humor. The characters are all well developed and give you a sense of reality in who they are and who they may become. I could identify with each of the characters on one level or another and that just made it
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written-reviews
This book when I first heard about it immediately went up to the top of my list. If you recall, I really liked 14, and this book scratched a similar itch. It has mystery, suspense, romance, humor and was enthralling from the moment I picked it up. I’m sure you can guess where this review is going but if want to humor me and keep reading I won’t mind. :)

The main character has this wonderful dry sense of humor that I found relatable and the way he would look at and comment about things around him
Belinda Frisch
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
When obituary writer Dmitri Petrov lands a gig covering the reportedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion, he finds himself in the middle of a family mystery with maybe a few too many coincidences.

I went into Poe with limited expectations, having read mixed reviews of what some term a novel rife with “sophomoric humor.” Poe feels like a young adult novel in terms of voice, though not with regard to content. The blurb talks about gruesome murders, of which there are a couple scenes that yes, are a little
Amanda Rhoads
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the title fool you Poe isn't about Edgar but I think he would have enjoyed this work. It is instead a supernatural/occult thriller that is genuinely different from anything I have read before. The reluctant hero is D. Peters, an obituary writer for a small town newspaper who bumbles through life after the death of his parents. When his boss decides that he should write an article about a haunted mansion on the outskirts of town his life changes forever. He nearly dies, hell he's almost ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. Right from the beginning I felt a connection with the main character. The prologue hooked me in and made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next.

One of the things that kept me interested in this story was the rather pessimistic optimism of the main character. He looked at life in a similar way to myself and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions. This is one of those books that you have to be rather careful reading when you are in public if you don't want
Vanessa L.P.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Poe in the morning before work, and I finished it that evening. As I raced through the book, I had my own theories about Dimitri’s history, his parents, and Lisa’s family—some of which were right, others not so much. Either way, J. Lincoln Fenn combines horror, mystery, humor, supernatural suspense, and romance in a neat little bundle. The plot moves smoothly, with perfect twists and turns, each action leading to another logical action. Characters and plot devices are all intr ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was Halloween night and it marked the one year anniversary of the death of Dimitri parents. Dimitri is writing a book about Rasputin but seems to have writers block. He is a 23 year old man who works at the local paper writing obituaries. Dimitri gets a last minute assignment to cover the seance at the old haunted Aspinwall Manor. There he meets Lisa and falls for her hard. There is a psychic who is conducting the seance but the seance doesn't goes as planned and all hell breaks loose. Dimitr ...more
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I write scary things. I won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category because of it for POE (no, not about that Poe).

My latest novel, DEAD SOULS, was called "wickedly entertaining" by the New York Times, and I'm currently at work on THE NIGHTMARCHERS.

Active member of the Horror Writers Association. Cautious of cane spiders.


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