The Assignation

The document in question—a letter, to be frank—had been received by the personage robbed while alone in the royal boudoir. The method of the theft was not less ingenious than bold. Story Origin: Edgar Allan Poe short story, "The Assignation".

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It was shot in Venice, Italy, and follows a masked figure through the labyrinthine canals of the city, building to a spectacular climax.

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival.

: as "Das Stelldichein" in Edgar Allan Poes: Geister der Toten (2005).

Synopsis: A condolier saves a drowning baby, but cannot save his own destiny. The story is not that deep as his other Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

Appeared first time in Dark Horse Presents #28 (2013).

The Assignation

Reprinted in Edgar Allan Poe's Spirits of the Dead (2014).

BERENICE ELEONORA NOTES TO THIS VOLUME Notes — Scheherazade Notes—Maelstrom Notes—Island of the Fay Notes — Domain of Arnheim Notes—Berenice At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the autumn of 18-, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation and a meerschaum, in company with my friend C. For one hour at least we had maintained a profound silence; while each, to any casual observer, might have seemed intently and exclusively occupied with the curling eddies of smoke that oppressed the atmosphere of the chamber. The address, however, was uppermost, and, the contents thus unexposed, the letter escaped notice. His lynx eye immediately perceives the paper, recognises the handwriting of the address, observes the confusion of the personage addressed, and fathoms her secret.

Auguste Dupin, in his little back library, or book-closet, au troisiême, No. For myself, however, I was mentally discussing certain topics which had formed matter for conversation between us at an earlier period of the evening; I mean the affair of the Rue Morgue, and the mystery attending the murder of Marie Rogêt. “Perhaps the mystery is a little too plain,” said Dupin. After some business transactions, hurried through in his ordinary manner, he produces a letter somewhat similar to the one in question, opens it, pretends to read it, and then places it in close juxtaposition to the other.

He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Young Terry Lambert returns home from serving a prison term for a gang-rape he was forced to participate in. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit.


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