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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness

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ISBN13: 9780689848377
ISBN10: 0689848374
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A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder...

The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red...

A dwarf seeks his final revenge on his captors...

A sister calls to her beloved twin from beyond the grave...

Prepare yourself. You are about to enter a world where you will be shocked, terrified, and, though you'll be too scared to admit it at first, secretly thrilled. Here are four tales — "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" — by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered — but, of course, Poe understood dismemberment very well. And he would shriek in ghoulish delight at Gris Grimly's gruesomely delectable illustrations that adorn every page. So prepare yourself. And keep the lights on.

Review:

"The morbid and fearsome text makes an ideal match for Grimly's gothic aesthetic. His artwork runs the gamut from a comic book-like progression of the search for the black cat to a medical textbook-style visual analysis of Roderick Usher." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[An] exceptionally well-produced collection....With high-production values and gothic sensibilities thoroughly reflected in both text and art, this is an essential purchase....Adults can use it to lead young people to some great literature; readers will pluck it off the shelves themselves for creepy, entertaining fun." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Grimly's deliciously malevolent illustrations are the perfect complement to Poe's macabre stories....The pictures cover, crisscross, or circle the margins of the pages and are often contained in ornate art-deco frames along with small blocks of text." School Library Journal

Review:

"[Gris Grimly] captures the spirit of Poe in a fresh and classic way. Poe never looked so good." Bernie Wrightson, horror legend

Review:

"The macabre beauty and sly wit of Gris Grimly's illustrated edition of some of Poe's best-loved tales are destined to capture the imagination of a generation new to the master of terror, as well as delight longtime admirers of Poe, who will find much to relish in this haunting interpretation." Roger Corman, filmmaker, The Little Shop of Horrors

Review:

"This is a fine introduction to the master of the gruesome. Better get several copies. This one won't be a shelf-sitter." Children's Literature

Review:

"Grimly again entertains with his wicked pen....Overall this collection is delightful. Grimly's artwork is well suited to Poe and the abridgement works smoothly." VOYA

Synopsis:

Lavishly illustrated, four classic tales by the horror master — "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" — are bound in a graphic novel-style format showcasing the deliciously macabre spirit of Poe's tales. Full color.

About the Author

Mr. Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents who were nomadic actors. He died in October of 1849. For more than one hundred fifty years, legions of Poe aficionados have exhaustively chased every source to fill in the details of his life. Everything with a Poe association has been duly collected and interpreted — but Poe himself has fooled us all and remains an elusive quarry to this day. What we do know for certain is that Poe was the author of many of the most well-known short stories and poems in the English language, including "The Raven," "Annabelle Lee," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Pit and the Pendulum."

Mr. Gris Grimly is as mysterious as Poe himself. What is known is that his own particular brand of creative brilliance was first seen in many books, including Monster Museum, The Cockatrice Boys, Pinocchio, Creature Carnival, Boris and Bella, and Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. Then he found himself under the spell of Edgar Allan Poe, and, for years and years, was compelled to give a visual representation of Mr. Poe's ghoulish genius. This book is the result of his mania.

Table of Contents

The Black Cat 1
The Masque of the Red Death 33
Hop-Frog 61
The Fall of the House of Usher 95

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dbsgirl, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by dbsgirl)
This was a great book. I read it three times understanding every word I read. I was so into it that it was hard to pry the book from my fingers. I am guessing my favorite story in this book is probably the one about the cat. Thanks so much I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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fernanda_wee, December 11, 2006 (view all comments by fernanda_wee)
this book is full of mysteries.the story of the masque of the red death is one of my favorites.
the part when prince prospero said ''who dares insult us withthis blasphemous mockery?
so exciting!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689848377
Author:
Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Grimly, Gris
Illustrated by:
Grimly, Gris
Author:
Grimly, Gris
Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Horror tales, American
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Literature
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full-color int./jkt
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 18.97 oz
Age Level:
10-UP

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Product details 144 pages Atheneum Books - English 9780689848377 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The morbid and fearsome text makes an ideal match for Grimly's gothic aesthetic. His artwork runs the gamut from a comic book-like progression of the search for the black cat to a medical textbook-style visual analysis of Roderick Usher."
"Review" by , "[An] exceptionally well-produced collection....With high-production values and gothic sensibilities thoroughly reflected in both text and art, this is an essential purchase....Adults can use it to lead young people to some great literature; readers will pluck it off the shelves themselves for creepy, entertaining fun."
"Review" by , "Grimly's deliciously malevolent illustrations are the perfect complement to Poe's macabre stories....The pictures cover, crisscross, or circle the margins of the pages and are often contained in ornate art-deco frames along with small blocks of text."
"Review" by , "[Gris Grimly] captures the spirit of Poe in a fresh and classic way. Poe never looked so good."
"Review" by , "The macabre beauty and sly wit of Gris Grimly's illustrated edition of some of Poe's best-loved tales are destined to capture the imagination of a generation new to the master of terror, as well as delight longtime admirers of Poe, who will find much to relish in this haunting interpretation."
"Review" by , "This is a fine introduction to the master of the gruesome. Better get several copies. This one won't be a shelf-sitter."
"Review" by , "Grimly again entertains with his wicked pen....Overall this collection is delightful. Grimly's artwork is well suited to Poe and the abridgement works smoothly."
"Synopsis" by , Lavishly illustrated, four classic tales by the horror master — "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher" — are bound in a graphic novel-style format showcasing the deliciously macabre spirit of Poe's tales. Full color.
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