I just started reading this without having any idea what it was really about and I was clueless of what was going on for awhile. The story follows Edgar Allen Poe's real life around his late adolescence and early adulthood. The author added the real characters, places and events from his life. So this story is somewhat biographical but a fantasy at the same time. Poe's muse is gothic creature trying to help him find his true self as a poet while is adopted father is trying to do anything to keep him from it. Some poetry is woven in the story. The author does a great job of giving that Poe feeling. I enjoyed this.