Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe

Steve Berman et al.

The canon of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the foremost writers of dark and atmospheric fiction and poetry, offers readers haunted shores teeming with various erudite men brooding in the waning light over their feelings for unobtainable women. Yet, whether the tales or verses are grotesque or sinister, Poe’s narrators are Outsiders, dealing with emotions that so many queer individuals feel: isolation and abandonment as well as loneliness and lost love.

In Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, editor Steve Berman has assembled a range of tales that queer the prose and poetry of the Poe, the man himself, as well as dark and eerie stories about reading Poe’s work.

“The depth of Poe’s work allows for a breadth of approaches to the idea of “queering” the Poe canon. The characters may be gay and lesbian, but the themes are universal.” —Strange Horizons

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