Poe: Stories and Poems

Poe: Stories and Poems Book Cover Poe: Stories and Poems
Gareth Hinds
Candlewick Press
August 1, 2017
Paperback
120

In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, acclaimed artist-adapter Gareth Hinds translates Poe's dark genius into graphic-novel format.

It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad?

In "The Cask of Amontillado," a man exacts revenge on a disloyal friend at carnival, luring him into catacombs below the city. In "The Masque of the Red Death," a prince shielding himself from plague hosts a doomed party inside his abbey stronghold. A prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, faced with a swinging blade and swarming rats, can’t see his tormentors in "The Pit and the Pendulum," and in "The Tell-Tale Heart," a milky eye and a deafening heartbeat reveal the effects of conscience and creeping madness. Alongside these tales are visual interpretations of three poems — "The Raven," "The Bells," and Poe’s poignant elegy to lost love, "Annabel Lee." The seven concise graphic narratives, keyed to thematic icons, amplify and honor the timeless legacy of a master of gothic horror.

 

Review:

I can’t rave enough about this graphic novel.  The artwork is beautiful and the style changes for each work to perfectly fit the mood.  It’s an excellent introduction to Poe’s works for the younger set and even includes a theme guide at the beginning of each work.  In the back is a piece on each story or poem that gives vital information into both its creation and Poe’s life in general.  I can’t recommend this enough!

Five enthusiastic stars.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

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