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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madnessby Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"[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)
"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
"[Gris Grimly] captures the spirit of Poe in a fresh and classic way. Poe never looked so good." Bernie Wrightson, horror legend
"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
"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
"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
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
The Fall of the House of Usher 95
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