THE POE CONSEQUENCE

THE POE CONSEQUENCE – BY KEITH STEINBAUM

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In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, The North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go […]

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Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher

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Although my book, The Poe Consequence, features ideas borrowed more from The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum, I do utilize one very important concept concerning specific lines from one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most renowned works, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” First published in the year 1839, this remarkably horrifying […]

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Tarot Cards

Tarot Card Reading: Real or Fake?

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In Chapter 1 of my book, The Poe Consequence, a mysterious psychic calling herself Madame Sibilia, gives a tarot card reading to Warren Palmer, a man seeking knowledge about a job opportunity he covets. What Palmer hears instead is a reading that portends a menacing and destructive future; one that produces consequences of death and […]

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Tarot Cards

The History and Origins of Tarot Card Reading

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In the first chapter of my book, The Poe Consequence, the reader is introduced to a mysterious psychic named Madame Sibilia. Her grim demeanor and ominous interpretation of the Tarot Cards during a reading launches a series of events that spiral out of control and is a major premise of the story. The following is […]

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Death

Is There Is Life After Death?

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Death is life’s greatest mystery.  Is there life after death? The resurrection of Christ is a well-documented event, but did it really happen? Has anyone really come back from the dead?  Is there any concrete evidence that this is even possible? Interviewing someone who died is obviously quite challenging, unless you consider a person ‘dead’ […]

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Stories

DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

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Since time immemorial, humans have been haunted by this question: Do ghosts exist? The belief in ghosts is present in most cultures around the world. In European folklore, they are the souls of the dead who come back to haunt or harm the living. In Chinese traditions, ghosts of ancestors are believed to be able […]

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Stories

The Pit and the Pendulum

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Part 1 Part 2   As is often the case with other Edgar Allan Poe stories, the first-person narrator in “The Pit and the Pendulum” is unnamed, and what he has done, and whether he is guilty of a wrongdoing or not, is not known.   As we are introduced to the beginning of this particular […]

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Stories

The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart is one of Poe’s most famous short stories, and it’s the one I chose as the centerpiece of my book, The Poe Consequence.. It’s about an unnamed narrator who tells the story of a murder he committed to prove he is sane, but in the telling of the story, we see that […]

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