Author Genevieve O'Brien knows all about nightmares--she survived two months as the prisoner of a deranged killer. Now a new menace is stalking the streets of New York, manifesting itself in a string of homicides mirroring Edgar Allan Poe's macabre stories. The victims were members of a literary society devoted to the master of crime fiction - and Genevieve's own mother could be next. Spooked by the bizarre slayings, Genevieve turns to P.I. Joe Connolly, her rescuer and friend.