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Publication Order of The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe Books

The Tell-Tale Start (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Midnight Eerie (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pet and the Pendulum (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Joy in Mudville (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Persistence of Memory (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Box (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woman with a Blue Pencil (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holmes Entangled (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dorothy G., Kansas (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Oz (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Way of Baseball (With: Shawn Green) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orange County Noir(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Gordon McAlpine is an American author of fiction. He was born and raised in California.

He is a published writer and attended school for creative writing, going to the University at California in Irvine and graduated with his Master’s degree. He belongs to PEN as well as the Author’s Guild. He resides in southern California along with his wife Julie.

He has written both novels as well as short stories. In addition to being a published and active author, he has also chaired and taught creative writing at Chapman University as part of their M.F.A. program in California. He has also taught students of writing how to write fiction when he headed classes at U.C. Irvine and UCLA. Gordon developed video games in his twenties and also wrote a few television and movie scripts.

His first novel that was full-length was published in 1989 and is titled Joy in Mudville. The book follows a woman, a man, and a child that follow a new rising star from Chicago. As they set out on their journey by rail, they will meet famous figures and more characters than they ever imagined. He would publish several more novels, including a mystery novel featuring a detective and writer that was well-received. It was called Hammett Unwritten and was released in 2013 by Seventh Street Books.

He is the author of The Misadventures of Edgar and Allen Poe. This fictional series is great for young adults or readers of any age. The series kicked off in 2013 with the release of the debut book in the series, which was titled The Tell-Tale Start. The sequel was titled Once Upon a Midnight Eerie and was published in 2014 to high praise from such publications as Publisher’s Weekly.

The series is designed for the middle school aged reader, although some elementary school readers may find that the trilogy is at their level. The first book debuted to high praise and Publisher’s Weekly called the audio version (which won awards) ‘entertaining and original’ as well as ‘satisfying on every level’.

The Tell-Tale Start is the first book in the Poe series by Gordon McAlpine. Here readers get to meet the main characters of this book for this time. They are twelve years old and these boys are identical twins. Their names are Edgar and Allen, and they are named after their uncle several generations back. You can probably guess that their relative is in fact the famous author and the master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe himself.

The twins are prone to mischievous behavior and Edgar and Allen not only look alike, but think and act the same too. As a result, the twins are usually like one person that has two bodies to work with. They even have a pet cat. He is a black cat, of course, and his name is Roderick Usher after the famous short story written by their great-uncle, The Fall of the House of Usher.

They love their cat, but when their pet is abducted, they don’t know what to do. They’ve learned that Roderick has been taken to the Midwest, so the twins have no choice but to persuade their guardians that they must go on the road to find him. They take off, but are in for a lot of chaos and adventure along the way.

As the boys search for their cat, they must face some obstacles along the way. Edgar and Allen have reason to believe that the writer is reaching out and trying to contact them from the afterlife. They also are starting to suspect that they have telepathic or psychic powers.

What will they do when they find out that a scientist has been keeping tabs on their entire family for years now? Can the twins track down their cat at last and find the person responsible for taking him in the first place? With plenty of literary humor included and a fun plot that keeps on moving, you or your child will really enjoy this literary adventure.

Once Upon a Midnight Eerie is the second novel in Gordon McAlpine’s middle school reader series. The twins are back in this fun second installment in the series that Publishers Weekly is calling “endlessly fun” and original.

Allen and Edgar are your normal twin brothers. Well, that’s not really true. The two share an ancestral link to the great author Edgar Allen Poe. They were named after him and now they seem to have a connection to him and each other.

The twins just got out of a situation where they faced down death, and now it’s happening again. The two boys were able to outwit a mad professor scientist that wanted to kill one of the boys. He thinks that if he can take out Allen or Edgar, then he will be able to prove one of his crazy theories right– or wrong.

The only problem is that the brothers don’t really want to die. Professor Perry can’t find them in New Orleans– or so they think. The twins are there to act and play the part of a young Poe in a movie. They are really excited to be in the film, but the only problem is that their latest gig may end up being more risky than they ever considered it could be.

Being in the movie may just expose them to new sources of danger. Once they are on the set, it becomes clear to the twins that someone out there is trying to kill them. Is it the same person or someone new? What do they have to gain by trying to kill Allen or his brother Edgar? The twins don’t know, but they are going to get to the bottom of it.

The twins might just need the help of the other stars of the movie, Em and Milly, to try and figure it out. Can the girls summon the power of their long-dead poet relative to help them out? Check out this fun second novel by Gordon McAlpine to find out and get in on all of the adventure!

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