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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allen Poe - Richard Corben

Haunt of Horror is a collection of reinterpretation of classic Poe stories.

I spent a good portion of 2nd and 3rd grade reading scary short stories, in particular W.W. Jacobs and Edgar Allen Poe. I've carried that love of the supernatural and creepy into my adulthood, so I was excited to receive this as a Saint Nicholas Day gift!

This book compiles the original comics 1-3 and contains the stories: The Raven, The Sleeper, The Conqueror Worm, The Tell-Tale Heart, Spirits of the Dead, The Lake, Eulalie, Izrafel, The Happiest Day, and Berenice.

The illustrations are gray scale, which lends itself well to the creepy tone the stories have. While the majority of the stories are illustrated with standard pen and ink, there are a few that are computer rendered that give the stories a surreal feeling.

Some stories only contain captions of the original text or variations of it, while other stories contain additional dialogue. At the end of each illustrated portion is the full version of the story or poem.

Both the interpretations of the "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" are straightforward. The rest of the stories contained within are reinterpretations. I especially enjoyed "The Conqueror Worm" and "Izrafel" reinterpretations.

Those who enjoy different perspectives will probably enjoy this, while purists would do well to stay away.

Recommended Reads:
The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe
The Monkey's Paw and Other Tales of Mystery and the Macabre - W.W. Jacobs
The Complete Fiction - H.P. Lovecraft

Many of the stories from the authors listed above are available for free download from http://www.gutenberg.org, due to their out-of-copyright status.

Recommended Viewing:
The Masque of the Red Death (1962)

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