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Let illustrator Pedro Rodrguez lead you into a world of terror, insanity, and the supernatural with these seven classic horror stories that will keep you awake at night: "The Hand" by Guy de Maupassant; "Sir Dominick's Bargain" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White; "The Vampire" by John William Polidori; "House B on Camden Hill" by Cat Let illustrator Pedro Rodrguez lead you into a world of terror, insanity, and the supernatural with these seven classic horror stories that will keep you awake at night: "The Hand" by Guy de Maupassant; "Sir Dominick's Bargain" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White; "The Vampire" by John William Polidori; "House B on Camden Hill" by Catherine Crowe; "The Body Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson; and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. This collection also includes a brief biography of each author.


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Let illustrator Pedro Rodrguez lead you into a world of terror, insanity, and the supernatural with these seven classic horror stories that will keep you awake at night: "The Hand" by Guy de Maupassant; "Sir Dominick's Bargain" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White; "The Vampire" by John William Polidori; "House B on Camden Hill" by Cat Let illustrator Pedro Rodrguez lead you into a world of terror, insanity, and the supernatural with these seven classic horror stories that will keep you awake at night: "The Hand" by Guy de Maupassant; "Sir Dominick's Bargain" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; "The House of Nightmare" by Edward Lucas White; "The Vampire" by John William Polidori; "House B on Camden Hill" by Catherine Crowe; "The Body Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson; and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. This collection also includes a brief biography of each author.

30 review for Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A mildly interesting tale which is more interesting as it takes very old tales and converts them into a readable format via graphic novels. I doubt I would have read the short stories. OVERALL GRADE: C plus.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Asciigod

    As an adult interested in horror fiction and comic books, this work falls flat. This is through no fault of its own; the book would probably delight a preadolescent. Chilling Tales generously introduces younger readers to otherwise inaccessible yarns. Let's be frank, many of these classics are stuffy and prolix to the point of being a turn off to adults, much less children. This work takes the dense text and heavily truncates it into digestibility. Paired with cartoonish yet stylish artwork, we As an adult interested in horror fiction and comic books, this work falls flat. This is through no fault of its own; the book would probably delight a preadolescent. Chilling Tales generously introduces younger readers to otherwise inaccessible yarns. Let's be frank, many of these classics are stuffy and prolix to the point of being a turn off to adults, much less children. This work takes the dense text and heavily truncates it into digestibility. Paired with cartoonish yet stylish artwork, we get tame tales to tell in the dark. The biggest flaw ends up being this truncation. While grammatically sound, it ranges from adequate to sloppy. The translation inexpertly snips away at plot, atmosphere and subtlety leaving the classic tales as feeble ghosts, perfect pairing with the anodyne imagery. Again, the audience demographic should be considered, but even so the book would have been many degrees better with more thoughtful writing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    Short stories by various authors adapted into graphic novel form. Some stories were better than others, but overall it was really enjoyable. My favorite stories were The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe and House B. On Camden Hill by Catherine Crowe. Eventually I am going to check into some books by Catherine Crowe. I thought the illustrations were great. If you like horror, this is a nice graphic novel to read. Three and a half stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise Quezada

    this book was great it made me feel to get in the spirit of halloween because its about halloween stories. i learned that halloween was made for rhe people who warship the devil. and i would recommend this book to people who like halloween tales because that is what the book is about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Love the illustration style and coloring of this graphic novel! The adapted stories were too short for me, but it makes me want to read the real ones!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    Chilling Tales of Horror is an example of classic horror stories in the book was written by a "real" author, A graphic portrait of the author begins each of the tales, which are if not horrific, at least vaguely eerie. The most frightening by far to me was Poe's The Black Cat, though for any lover of ghost tales, each story will deliver the expected chill. This graphic anthology of classic horror tales is an interesting blend. These 19th century tales were from the early days of modern horror st Chilling Tales of Horror is an example of classic horror stories in the book was written by a "real" author, A graphic portrait of the author begins each of the tales, which are if not horrific, at least vaguely eerie. The most frightening by far to me was Poe's The Black Cat, though for any lover of ghost tales, each story will deliver the expected chill. This graphic anthology of classic horror tales is an interesting blend. These 19th century tales were from the early days of modern horror stories, and originate many of the things which are now considered cliches. Thus, it is fascinating to see adaptations of these tales.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

    Continuing my adventure into reading different genres with a collection of story stories written by classic authors; given life by illustration. PROS The artwork was really beautiful. CONS It was categorized as a YA Teen book, but I really think it should be more juvenile level. The stories were condensed and rewritten to fit the book and the targeted audience... I get that, but they were almost too edited down. The strong voices of these authors were transformed into silly voices that you might r Continuing my adventure into reading different genres with a collection of story stories written by classic authors; given life by illustration. PROS The artwork was really beautiful. CONS It was categorized as a YA Teen book, but I really think it should be more juvenile level. The stories were condensed and rewritten to fit the book and the targeted audience... I get that, but they were almost too edited down. The strong voices of these authors were transformed into silly voices that you might read in a elementary-level novel. OVERALL Entertaining - beautiful artwork but I was not a fan of how the stories were rewritten.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christian McKay

    So frustrating. The art is astounding, but the stories themselves fall flat. For a minute I thought Rodríguez had chosen dull horror stories, but after noticing a few, um, weird editing choices, I decided to track some of the original texts. Turns out this guy can draw with the best of them, but his translations to the graphic medium leave a lot to be desired.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Grein

    I mean, this is cute, but I’m not sure that’s what the authors intended when writing these short stories. I think the adaptations might not have done them justice. Anyway, giving it 3 stars because besides the weird pacing, the illustrations were nice and the translator did a good job.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This book have some story is the hand,sir dominiiick’s ,the house of nightmare,the vampire,house b...on Camden hall,the boy snatcher,the black cat . Is very terror💀🤖👻👽☠️😱. And very interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book told us the seven stories, is all a horror story about death people. Like some death people became a gouts and kill some people they hate.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    couldn’t get into it. not at all ‘chilling’.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Very nicely done adaptations of these stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Solid short versions of classic horror tales, good for middle school or teen ages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jt

    This was one of my first ventures into graphic novels and I really enjoyed it. It brought the spooky Halloween feels.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Zeng

    The story Chilling Tales Of Horror by Kraus Daniel tell some horror stories. The first one story is tell when a detective go hunting, he meet another hunter. The hunster let the detective to meet his home, and the detective see a hand in hunster’s home. And pass a day, the hunster mysterious death. The detective see a finger in hunster’s mouth. And the finger is form yesterday’s hunster. So he know this is a revenge.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Chilling Tales of Horror is an example of what can happen when classic horror stories mix with competent graphic artistry. Each of the seven stories in the book was written by a "real" author, ranging from the well-known (Poe and De Maupassant)to the lesser-known (Catherine Crowe - who knew? A female horror writer from the 19th century!). A graphic portrait of the author begins each of the tales, which are if not horrific, at least vaguely eerie. The most frightening by far to me was Poe's The B Chilling Tales of Horror is an example of what can happen when classic horror stories mix with competent graphic artistry. Each of the seven stories in the book was written by a "real" author, ranging from the well-known (Poe and De Maupassant)to the lesser-known (Catherine Crowe - who knew? A female horror writer from the 19th century!). A graphic portrait of the author begins each of the tales, which are if not horrific, at least vaguely eerie. The most frightening by far to me was Poe's The Black Cat, though for any lover of ghost tales, each story will deliver the expected chill. Rodriguez's artwork is perfect for the tales. His faces are concise and emotion-filled; too many graphic novels seem to forget how important the face is for storytelling. Clear but muted colors add to the impact of the stories, and each character is drawn distinctly so there will be no confusion regarding roles. Where some graphic novels overdo color and background and neglect the focus on character,this book has very-well constructed cells that contain both well-drawn character and setting. Two problems I have with the book might deter me from actually purchasing this book for my poorly-funded school library, however. One problem is that the stories are incredibly dated. While I am not pleased with the fact that today's young readers are accustomed to gore and blood, it does remain a fact that they are subjected to great doses of gruesome murders, rage, and diabolical characters. The classic horror stories contained in this graphic novel may leave jaded youth cold - not from shivers, but from boredom. Any educated lover of horror will find at least one story that delivers scares, but the greater population may lose interest. The amount reading in each cell is another area that may be problematic for young readers. Each story contains a great deal of narration rather than dialogue. Many struggling readers choose graphic novels and this book may scare off some young adults. Overall, the book is a solid delivery of horror tales, and as graphic novels and scary stories are popular in my library, I am sure this one will be frequently checked out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    “Chilling Tales of Horror” is a blend of graphic novel and classic 19th-century horror stories. The anthology includes seven stories from the early days of modern horror tales, with authors ranging from the readily recognizable Poe and DeMaupassant, to obscrure Catherine Crowe. Each story leads with a quotation from the original manuscript, then segues into the graphic novel adaptation. .The wordier style of 19th-century writers results in more narrative than dialogue, which slows the plot’s act “Chilling Tales of Horror” is a blend of graphic novel and classic 19th-century horror stories. The anthology includes seven stories from the early days of modern horror tales, with authors ranging from the readily recognizable Poe and DeMaupassant, to obscrure Catherine Crowe. Each story leads with a quotation from the original manuscript, then segues into the graphic novel adaptation. .The wordier style of 19th-century writers results in more narrative than dialogue, which slows the plot’s action in graphic format. Contemporary readers like horror stories. They also like graphic novels. The book is sure to be signed out often. However, the dated tales will not deliver the slasher gore content common to modern horror fiction, although murder, rage, and twisted characters abound. Each story delivers the expected thrill, but much of this can be credited to the illustrations. The pictures convey the moody atmosphere of eerie stories told in an ill-lit, cavernous room. The muted palate adds to the impact, as do the emotion-filled faces that distinguish each character concisely from the others. Although tales of black cats, ghosts, and disembodied limbs are cliche today, the interpretation of Poe’s “The Black Cat,” will linger in the readers’ minds. “The Vampire” by Polidori was the first story to introduce vampires to the genre. “The Body Snatcher,” by Stevenson, is a cautionary tale about evil that is prompted by a desire to do good, a theme still relevant today. Middle school and high school readers, maybe even some adults, will find this a solid addition to the horror and graphic novel collections of any public or school library.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ogresnook

    In "Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories", Pedro Rodriguez graphically adapts seven classic horror stories from the nineteenth century, including “The Hand” by Guy de Maupassant, “Sir Dominick’s Bargain” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, “The House of Nightmare” by Edward Lucas White, “The Vampire” by John William Polidori, “House B on Camden Hill” by Catherine Crowe, “The Body Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the “Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe. Rodriguez provides a good mix of In "Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories", Pedro Rodriguez graphically adapts seven classic horror stories from the nineteenth century, including “The Hand” by Guy de Maupassant, “Sir Dominick’s Bargain” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, “The House of Nightmare” by Edward Lucas White, “The Vampire” by John William Polidori, “House B on Camden Hill” by Catherine Crowe, “The Body Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the “Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe. Rodriguez provides a good mix of well-known with lesser known authors who have fallen off the literary radar. Each chapter begins with a brief biographical sketch of the author. A further reading section directs readers to the original source material. I recommend this book for readers who prefer horror writers to leave a little to the imagination rather than provide a precise CSI worthy accounting of every drop of blood splattered. Drawn with an autumn and winter palette, the illustrations compliment the spookiness of the stories. While the adaptations of the stories are well done, some of the panels contain too many words. At times, the font is too small and the words are squished together, making the text difficult to read. Despite that one objection, this collection of ghosts, grave-robbers and vampires makes for good reading on a dreary November afternoon. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Enslow provided me with a complimentary copy of the book to review. ISBN# 978-0-7660-4085-4.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This graphic anthology of classic horror tales is an interesting blend. These 19th century tales were from the early days of modern horror stories, and originate many of the things which are now considered cliches. Thus, it is fascinating to see adaptations of these tales. Polidori's "The Vampire" was one of the first literary tales to deal with that concept, and Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher" was an early tale about the evils that were used in the name of good, by doctors trying to learn more This graphic anthology of classic horror tales is an interesting blend. These 19th century tales were from the early days of modern horror stories, and originate many of the things which are now considered cliches. Thus, it is fascinating to see adaptations of these tales. Polidori's "The Vampire" was one of the first literary tales to deal with that concept, and Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher" was an early tale about the evils that were used in the name of good, by doctors trying to learn more about the human body. Tales of ghosts, black cats and detached limbs may seem old fashioned now, but this adaptation brings new life to them, and will make the stories accessible to readers down to about middle school level. The stories, adapted from English to Spanish and back, survived remarkably well. Each begins with a quotation from the original story and proceeds into the adaptation. In a few places the artwork is a bit too cartoony for the material, but in general it works very well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hollowspine

    A creepy collection of some classic horror stories in graphic form. I was a little surprised that the collection includes many authors that don't usually get much attention, and even the stories from the well known aren't the typically chosen works, but rather some more obscure choices. This made the work a lot more satisfying to me. I enjoyed the artwork and how the words on the page were transformed into a graphic story, yet still gave the same atmosphere as the original stories. A couple sent A creepy collection of some classic horror stories in graphic form. I was a little surprised that the collection includes many authors that don't usually get much attention, and even the stories from the well known aren't the typically chosen works, but rather some more obscure choices. This made the work a lot more satisfying to me. I enjoyed the artwork and how the words on the page were transformed into a graphic story, yet still gave the same atmosphere as the original stories. A couple sent shivers down my spine as I read them in front of the fire surrounded by darkness. As I went to bed the lingering image of a giant boar slavering over me as I slept crept into my mind... Good stories, very true to the source material, though so true that many of them had abrupt endings as they often had in that time. I saw a ghost, that was that, no explanation is reached or man unmasked. I enjoy that aspect of these stories, but it's not for everyone.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alec H.

    For me, graphic novels and horror stories are my thing, But after reading this, I liked how it wasn't focused just on one topic in the book. Being a short stories book, there is 7 short stories. One thing that I liked a lot about this book was the way the author drawn and sketched out the scenes. I feel there was a lot of depth and detail in the drawing and even the text which is most important. “The Hand” is probably my favorite chapter in the book. It talks and shows how people can be so gulli For me, graphic novels and horror stories are my thing, But after reading this, I liked how it wasn't focused just on one topic in the book. Being a short stories book, there is 7 short stories. One thing that I liked a lot about this book was the way the author drawn and sketched out the scenes. I feel there was a lot of depth and detail in the drawing and even the text which is most important. “The Hand” is probably my favorite chapter in the book. It talks and shows how people can be so gullible of not thinking the obvious of what might of happened or really happened. The characters thinking that a hand left on a wall had killed (strangled) another character when what actually happen was a man whose hand was chopped off went to this mans house at night a killed him. This book will be a good book for people who like graphic novels and a little bit of horror. I hope sometime I can read the other book in the series. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Martucci

    This book has about 7 short stories from some famous early writers of horror fiction. The drawings and even the paper in the book has this aged creepy feeling to it, which adds to the atmosphere. The price is kind of high, but it was a fun read for me as adult and even better for my teenage sons. It gave them some appreciation for horror fiction as opposed to simple slasher movies.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Nels

    Chilling Tales of Horror is a compilation of 7 short scary stories transformed into short graphic comics. The book is scary -- maybe a little too scary for elementary school students. I also found the font to be too small for younger students.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    This is very well done, but it was on a children's book list from my library's distributor, and I really wouldn't say it's child-friendly. None of these classic horror stories were intended for children, and turning them into comics doesn't really make them any more so. This is very well done, but it was on a children's book list from my library's distributor, and I really wouldn't say it's child-friendly. None of these classic horror stories were intended for children, and turning them into comics doesn't really make them any more so.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    This was a great collection of classic "chillers" told in graphic novel format! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves classic horror stories, or anyone who is looking for an introduction to horror. Not terribly scary, but atmospheric and creepy, which makes it a lot of fun :) This was a great collection of classic "chillers" told in graphic novel format! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves classic horror stories, or anyone who is looking for an introduction to horror. Not terribly scary, but atmospheric and creepy, which makes it a lot of fun :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mbarr

    Shukria-It is the author in this book telling their stories. Some are true and some fake. It is funny if you like horror movies then you'll like this book. You should read this book because it is funny and horrible things to hear. Shukria-It is the author in this book telling their stories. Some are true and some fake. It is funny if you like horror movies then you'll like this book. You should read this book because it is funny and horrible things to hear.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Midnight Blue

    I think I would have dug this more when I was between 9 and 11......the artwork wasn't really my cup of tea and the stories were abbreviated too much. I think I would have dug this more when I was between 9 and 11......the artwork wasn't really my cup of tea and the stories were abbreviated too much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    interesting concept - it takes short stories from old classical authors and gives them new life by illustrating them. i also like that it gives a brief bio of each author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Myra

    Graphic novel adaptations of classic horror stories like The Hand by de Maupassant and The Black Cat by Poe. Beautiful, classic-looking illustrations, but the typeface kind of drove me nuts.

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