Author Combines Urban Fiction with Poe-esque Macabre Lit
Edgar Allan Poe meets street lit. This is the underlying theme of Keith Steinbaum’s debut novel – The Poe Consequence.
Published in 2012, The Poe Consequence received Books-and-Authors.net’s 2012 Supernatural Thriller Book of the Year Award.
The book title sounds like it could be a Ludlum novel, but The Poe Consequence has invented a new genre in itself. Set in a mean street section of Los Angeles, Steinbaum’s first novel is a unique and refreshing blend of supernatural horror, shoot ‘em up gangbanger attitude, and human struggles.
As Steinbaum describes his novel, it is, “A combination of supernatural thriller for those who enjoy that kind of involvement, but just as importantly, a portrait of relatable humanity within the main characters, from alcoholism, racism, and devastating guilt, to redemption and courage to fight through personal tragedies.”
The novel opens with one of the main characters, Warren Palmer, consulting a New Orleans psychic who reveals startling truths and revelations about Warren’s past, present, and dreadful future. A drive-by shooting ends in a gruesome death, and grim occurrences worthy of Poe ensue.
Published in 2012, The Poe Consequence received Books-and-Authors.net’s 2012 Supernatural Thriller Book of the Year Award. It also won critical praise from many of the top publishing houses in New York, including The Random House Publishing Group, Grand Central Publishing, and The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group.
The Penguin Group had this to say about Steinbaum’s masterpiece: “The author does an excellent job of melding Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry into the story, and his knowledge of Latino gang life in L.A. certainly comes through in the narrative.”
The Poe Consequence is available for your reading pleasure on the author’s official website, www.keithsteinbaum.com and the publisher’s online bookstore, www.litfirepublishing.com.
About the Author
During his years as a professional lyricist, Keith co-wrote songs that have been heard throughout the world. He is also a published poet, having had several of his works appear in various anthologies, including Poetic Voices of America, Ten Years of Excellence, Tomorrow Never Knows, and Meditations. In 2002, he received an “International Poet of Merit” award from the International Society of Poets. He is currently working on a second novel – a murder mystery involving an ex-rock ‘n’ roll star and a little girl fighting cancer who is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Keith lives in the Los Angeles county area and is married with two grown children.
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