The Poe Consequence

Fiction - Supernatural
367 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2018
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Author Biography

A personal, life-changing event occurred in my mid teens that transformed me into a creative writer, and although I paid the bills through a long career in the landscape industry, in my heart I’ve always considered myself a creative writer first and foremost. It took years of piecing together reasons for occasional bouts of sadness and esteem issues to finally understand the fact that I needed to answer that calling and to do something about it. Writing THE POE CONSEQUENCE, a story originally inspired by the number of gang affiliated housing areas I worked at, was the therapy I needed that brought me back from an emotionally tough time. My second book, YOU SAY GOODBYE, originally inspired by a story in the obituary section about Alexandra Scott from the Alex's Lemonade Foundation, was the continuing byproduct of that renewed recognition of what I expect from myself.

I recently completed the first draft of my third story. I don't know when it will find its way into book form, but I'm excited by the potential I envision for this supernatural, international, time-traveling cemetery story originally inspired by a true life event to someone in my family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In The Poe Consequence by Keith Steinbaum, 35-year-old Warren Palmer received an ominous reading from a psychic in an unknown street of New Orleans. Back in Los Angeles, he and his son, Seth, find themselves at the wrong place and the wrong time when they get caught up in a shooting between two notorious gangs. Warren’s attempt to save Seth resulted in his own death. Rather than moving on to the light, his soul gives in to anger and unfinished business on earth. He has a new purpose-seek out the gang members and kill them. The first to die will be the one who shot him.

Steinbaum’s deft integration of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart as a core element, along with his other short stories in the premise, gives The Poe Consequence a slightly different kind of intriguing factor. The well-paced plot is substantiated with heavy subjects of gang crime, depression, racial hatred, alcoholism, family obligations and many more. Between an angry soul causing death and panic among the gang members, and an alcoholic who tries to honor his family responsibility, my focus was much more on the young Seth, and how he finds guidance and regains hope through a compassionate mentor. The prose is straightforward, and the narrative is clear cut overall, despite some awkward parts of the dialogue. All in all, The Poe Consequence is a solid combination of supernatural, crime drama, and a dose of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysticism.