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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Tales of Mystery and Madness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    So how did I learn of this book - to be honest I do not remember, what I can say is that it was from this site and someone I was following (so who ever it was thank you). I think this is one of GR's successes. This book takes four of Poe's classic tales (The black cat, the masque of the red death, Hop-frog and the fall of the house of Usher) and retells the stories with artwork and dramatic editing (various layout changes, fonts and other embellishments) so that you end up with a totally new and So how did I learn of this book - to be honest I do not remember, what I can say is that it was from this site and someone I was following (so who ever it was thank you). I think this is one of GR's successes. This book takes four of Poe's classic tales (The black cat, the masque of the red death, Hop-frog and the fall of the house of Usher) and retells the stories with artwork and dramatic editing (various layout changes, fonts and other embellishments) so that you end up with a totally new and fresh way of telling the stories but they are still pretty true to the originals. I remember a short while ago reading a graphic novel with "modern retelling" of the stories - now they too had art to support the narrative but in addition the dialogue also had been updated and changed, this book though a more jovial and possibly juvenile approach I think still has the air of Poe's original work and for me has a greater flair for the gothic. My only wish was that there were more stories covered in this fashion but sadly I guess the editor had to draw the line somewhere So what to say of the stories - well usually I would declare no spoilers and look elsewhere for better reviews but with stories as well known and accessible as the 4 Poe's tales there is little need for that but for once I think the star is not the text but the combination of text and artwork and for me that is what makes this book work so well. If you have ever read Poe and enjoyed his style and imagery then this is a pleasure to read and a joy to own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Avery (ThePagemaster)

    First off, let me say this, if I haven't: I'm a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories and poems woke my creativity; made me appreciate the macabre and morbidity that transcended what people in his time grew accustomed to--Austen, Dickens, etc. Without him, I think we wouldn't have people like Tim Burton, Bram Stoker, Marilyn Manson, Neil Gaiman. He was a man so underappreciated, so misunderstood and so before his time. With that said, with the added Gris Grimly illustrations seemed to deepen t First off, let me say this, if I haven't: I'm a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories and poems woke my creativity; made me appreciate the macabre and morbidity that transcended what people in his time grew accustomed to--Austen, Dickens, etc. Without him, I think we wouldn't have people like Tim Burton, Bram Stoker, Marilyn Manson, Neil Gaiman. He was a man so underappreciated, so misunderstood and so before his time. With that said, with the added Gris Grimly illustrations seemed to deepen the creep factor. I, also, took Neil Gaiman's advice and read Poe out loud, which made me firmly grasp his language, descriptions, imagery and metaphors--which there is a lot of, in his stories. I always try to read at least one Poe story this time of year; my favorite one from this collection is probably Black Cat, with Masque of the Red Death, a close second.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kornela

    When I was 15 or so, I really wanted to be angsty and gothic and dark and mysterious. I bought this book of Poe’s short stories and attempted to read it, but it didn’t hold my attention at the time. Now, many years later I dug it out and decided to give it another chance. I read a few stories each night and they made for fun Halloween-y type reading. First off, everything I had known of and heard about Poe didn’t really prepare me for how demented his stories really are. I mean totally bonkers, When I was 15 or so, I really wanted to be angsty and gothic and dark and mysterious. I bought this book of Poe’s short stories and attempted to read it, but it didn’t hold my attention at the time. Now, many years later I dug it out and decided to give it another chance. I read a few stories each night and they made for fun Halloween-y type reading. First off, everything I had known of and heard about Poe didn’t really prepare me for how demented his stories really are. I mean totally bonkers, bananas crazy. Seriously, this guy must have been a fascinating dinner conversationalist with all of this going on in his mind. Some of the stories were only a few pages long but Poe is a master at building up suspense and doom in a short amount of time and almost always wallops you with a sly or shocking twist ending. That’s truly an accomplishment in only 5 or so pages. The stand outs for me were: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Fall of the House of Usher, but I enjoyed all of the stories. The angsty 15-year old in me was greatly satisfied and the adult me enjoyed the ride as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    As a lover of Poe, I'm extremely biased. As a fan of Gris Grimly's illustrations, I'm even more so. I bought this book years ago because I love anything Poe and to have a "graphic novel" collection of some of Poe's stories was a treat. This book contains 4 short stories. One of which I have read several times in my life, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and three that are new to me: 'The Black Cat', 'The Masque of the Red Death' and 'Hop-Frog'. Let's get into it!! 'The Black Cat' -"For the most wil As a lover of Poe, I'm extremely biased. As a fan of Gris Grimly's illustrations, I'm even more so. I bought this book years ago because I love anything Poe and to have a "graphic novel" collection of some of Poe's stories was a treat. This book contains 4 short stories. One of which I have read several times in my life, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and three that are new to me: 'The Black Cat', 'The Masque of the Red Death' and 'Hop-Frog'. Let's get into it!! 'The Black Cat' -"For the most wild yet most homely narrative I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief...But tomorrow I die, and today I would unburden my soul." A man has no feelings for others except for his solid black cat who he has affectionately named Pluto. The man does not like the fact he has feelings for his cat and soon gets rid of Pluto. "But the cat came back the very next day, the cat came back, they thought he was a goner...." I thought this old 1893 song written by Harry S. Miller fit the story perfectly. The illustrations that Gris Grimly adds to the story is just so perfect. I wish all of my classics could be illustrated by Grimly. In the end the cat gets back at our deranged narrator when he is "accidently" bricked into a cellar wall with the body of the narrator's wife. (Was this a common thing in the past? Poe uses this way of concealing a body more than once in his short stories). 'The Masque of the Red Death' is the second story in this collection. I own a re-telling by Bethany Griffin and now that I've read the original, can't wait to dive in. This story is about an illness that spreads quickly through the lands. "Blood was its avatar and its seal..." Prince Prospero asked a thousand of his closest friends to one of his castellated abbeys. "The abbey was amply provisioned...bid defiance to contagion...the prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure." So the Prince and company spend half a year like this. One day the Prince holds a masquerade. There are 7 rooms all with 7 different colored stained glass windows. Each chamber painted in a certain color: blue, purple, green, orange, white, violet and red. However the latter furniture did not match it's tinted surroundings. This room was shrouded in black velvet. "In this apartment stood a gigantic clock of ebony...there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts." At midnight the clock began it's twelve strokes and with this came a masked figure "shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave." The figure walks toward the 7th chamber with it's red film. This is were the story ends. I don't want to give away the ending, but I loved the rooms and can't wait to read a re-telling of this story. The final story I had not read before is Hop-Frog. This is about a King's jester and dwarf happily named Hop Frog because of his "inability to walk as other men do...he certainly much more resembled a squirrel, or a small monkey, than a frog." The King instructs Hop Frog to entertain him and his guests. One way to do this is to get Hop Frog drunk. Trippeta Hop Frog's best friend and fellow dwarf knows that this is a bad idea, but who is to say no to the King? Again and again the King demands Hop Frog to drink. As the night goes on Hop -Frog comes up with a plan for the entertainment; a masquerade is to be held. The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs will be performed said the dwarf and you and your friends will be the actors. The King and friends love this idea and quickly get dressed in the costumes. "The excitement among the masqueraders was prodigious and filled the heart of the king with glee." What the King wasn't expecting was the end. Another fun and macabre story that focuses on revenge. Very much enjoyed the new stories and loved the illustrations. I of course gave this book 5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    I was at first skeptical about this book. I fancy Gris Grimly works as much as the next guy, but I thought his cartoon-like art might not really be a good fit for Poe's dark oeuvre. I guess I should have parsed the intention behind this book better since I ended up really liking it. While the text of the original stories may have been trimmed, there were very few changes to the actual words themselves, so it would be more accurate to call this an abridgement rather than an adaptation or retelling I was at first skeptical about this book. I fancy Gris Grimly works as much as the next guy, but I thought his cartoon-like art might not really be a good fit for Poe's dark oeuvre. I guess I should have parsed the intention behind this book better since I ended up really liking it. While the text of the original stories may have been trimmed, there were very few changes to the actual words themselves, so it would be more accurate to call this an abridgement rather than an adaptation or retelling. I prefer that, by the way, since it still preserves the feel and cadence of the original while making the stories more immediate for its audience. I guess it aims to present a version that's more accessible and less threatening/morbid to kids who may just be dipping their toes into classic literature. In this, I feel like it largely succeeded since the illustrations leant a lighter and whimsical (but still gothic) atmosphere to the usually somber and leaden tone of the original stories. And really, I don't feel like the book did Poe's works a disservice since it isn't dumbed down at all. Taken on its own, it is a very pleasurable read.  I'm rating it 7/10 or 3 stars out of 5.

  6. 5 out of 5

    thelastmohawkin

    Such a great intro to Poe for kids! Especially kids going through the goth phase! What better time to discover Poe?? I read this book in middle school during my goth phase and I'm so glad that I did. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of books. While Harry Potter was great, I feel that my next step would have been the terrible endless road of teen fiction. It can serve a person well to discover some good old fashioned American Literature early in life. Such a great intro to Poe for kids! Especially kids going through the goth phase! What better time to discover Poe?? I read this book in middle school during my goth phase and I'm so glad that I did. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of books. While Harry Potter was great, I feel that my next step would have been the terrible endless road of teen fiction. It can serve a person well to discover some good old fashioned American Literature early in life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    R.A.

    Four stories are illustrated in this collection: "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Gris Grimly's style is perfectly suited to Poe. Four stories are illustrated in this collection: "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Gris Grimly's style is perfectly suited to Poe.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gieliza

    5 stars! Gris Grimly's art is superb in this volume. Of the stories included here, I particularly liked The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher. Edgar Allan Poe can be relied upon to bring on the creeps. Hughly recommended! 5 stars! Gris Grimly's art is superb in this volume. Of the stories included here, I particularly liked The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher. Edgar Allan Poe can be relied upon to bring on the creeps. Hughly recommended!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Agustina Dapueto

    In general I just have to say that the illustrations within this book are stunning. Grimly's art work goes very well with the tone of Poe's stories. About Poe's tales, let me tell you, that man had a twisted mind indeed. Very excited to explore more of his works in the future. The Black Cat ★★★☆☆ The story was entertaning and creepy, like it's expected from the author. I must say, I found myself loathing the main character and that's why I gave it three stars. For some reason the story made me fe In general I just have to say that the illustrations within this book are stunning. Grimly's art work goes very well with the tone of Poe's stories. About Poe's tales, let me tell you, that man had a twisted mind indeed. Very excited to explore more of his works in the future. The Black Cat ★★★☆☆ The story was entertaning and creepy, like it's expected from the author. I must say, I found myself loathing the main character and that's why I gave it three stars. For some reason the story made me feel unhappy and angry so I don't think I will be rereading this one anytime soon. The Masque of the Red Death ★★★★☆ I think this one was my favorite tale. It was very poetic (no pun intended) and I was very satisfied with the ending.The illustrations were particularly beautiful during this tale. Colors and tones are important per se in this tale and Grimly did a really good job translating Poe's words. Hop-Frog ★★★★☆ I found this story to be similar to "The Masque of the Red Death" in a way. Had the same feeling of "justice has been served" at the end. The Fall of the House Usher ★★☆☆☆ As you can see, this was my least favorite story from this collection. It was wierd like all of Poe's literature, but it wan't a "good" weird for me, it was just boring. Too many descriptions for my taste and I felt like nothing was really happening. I didn't get any kind of ulterior message at the end either and I couldn't find myself invested in any of the characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    I have already read these tales by Poe before but I still enjoyed re-reading them in this short collection, they're well written stories that capture your attention and all end in a satisfying way. The book is also illustrated by Gris Grimly with some beautiful and charming art which works wonderfully well with the accompanying stories and adds to your enjoyment of them. I have already read these tales by Poe before but I still enjoyed re-reading them in this short collection, they're well written stories that capture your attention and all end in a satisfying way. The book is also illustrated by Gris Grimly with some beautiful and charming art which works wonderfully well with the accompanying stories and adds to your enjoyment of them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    Loved it. Loved it. I want to run out and buy it. I was lucky to snag this beauty at the library today. This should be a Halloween book on everyone's shelf!! Loved it. Loved it. I want to run out and buy it. I was lucky to snag this beauty at the library today. This should be a Halloween book on everyone's shelf!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Auri

    I checked out this book because the illustrations are so cool! The macabre beauty of Gris Grimly's drawings capture the spirit of Poe in such a delightful way. I checked out this book because the illustrations are so cool! The macabre beauty of Gris Grimly's drawings capture the spirit of Poe in such a delightful way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This contains four of Poe’s short stories: The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher. The Masque of the Red Death has long been a favorite of mine, but Hop-Frog was horrifying. I’d never read it before today. I loved every gruesome minute of it! 😱 What makes this collection special are the illustrations by Gris Grimly. They are wonderfully creepy, and capture the madness of Poe’s prose perfectly. I own one other Gris Grimly illustrated collection of This contains four of Poe’s short stories: The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher. The Masque of the Red Death has long been a favorite of mine, but Hop-Frog was horrifying. I’d never read it before today. I loved every gruesome minute of it! 😱 What makes this collection special are the illustrations by Gris Grimly. They are wonderfully creepy, and capture the madness of Poe’s prose perfectly. I own one other Gris Grimly illustrated collection of Poe’s short stories. I hope there are more collections available, because I NEED them. 4.5 stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Fallon

    Inspired to read after someone tweeted a comparison of the current pandemic to "The Masque of the Red Death". Glad I did, and I will be sure to read more Poe in the future. Gris Grimly's illustrations are amazing and capture the essence of Poe's sense of the macabre. I do wonder what Poe would think about the library shelving this book in the YA section.... Inspired to read after someone tweeted a comparison of the current pandemic to "The Masque of the Red Death". Glad I did, and I will be sure to read more Poe in the future. Gris Grimly's illustrations are amazing and capture the essence of Poe's sense of the macabre. I do wonder what Poe would think about the library shelving this book in the YA section....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Liked 3/4 of the stories, the art was amazing

  16. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    If you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe and/or Tim Burton, you will enjoy this book. With gruesome and delightfully dreadful art, Illustrator Gris Grimly brings four of Poe's most frightening and entertaining tales (The Black Cat, Hop-Frog, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Fall of the House of Usher) to life with his own Tim Burton-esque art style. And I love it. 5/5 Stars If you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe and/or Tim Burton, you will enjoy this book. With gruesome and delightfully dreadful art, Illustrator Gris Grimly brings four of Poe's most frightening and entertaining tales (The Black Cat, Hop-Frog, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Fall of the House of Usher) to life with his own Tim Burton-esque art style. And I love it. 5/5 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    eleanor*ೃ༄

    I am in love with every book Edgar Allan Poe has written. This picture book was a much needed thing in my life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zombaby Cera

    A bit abridged,but great graphic versions of the classics. The drawings are crude, which only adds to the ghastly quality.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eduard GHS

    Is a good book, if you like weird and mysterious short stories, unexpected things that go out of context and make the paragraph interested and readable. The book is divided in 4 short stories, the first "The Black Cat" is kind of tricky, you try the predict what's going to happen and then you realise that the story is going in a different direction. In the short story "The masque of the red death", the story is right in the line between the fiction and the reality, where the plague is a fact, what Is a good book, if you like weird and mysterious short stories, unexpected things that go out of context and make the paragraph interested and readable. The book is divided in 4 short stories, the first "The Black Cat" is kind of tricky, you try the predict what's going to happen and then you realise that the story is going in a different direction. In the short story "The masque of the red death", the story is right in the line between the fiction and the reality, where the plague is a fact, what is happening is fiction, an imaginary place and people.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    As mentioned in my review on the Terry Fan book I collect (what I consider) beautifully illustrated children’s books. I happen to LOVE Gris Grimley’s style so I went to my local library to check out this book and his Sleepy Hollow book. This one not only has his amazing illustrations, but it’s a whole bunch of brilliant Edgar Allen Poe stories, which go together perfectly!! I prefer this set of stories to Sleepy Hollow—but that is more of a statement on my preference of Poe over that of Washingt As mentioned in my review on the Terry Fan book I collect (what I consider) beautifully illustrated children’s books. I happen to LOVE Gris Grimley’s style so I went to my local library to check out this book and his Sleepy Hollow book. This one not only has his amazing illustrations, but it’s a whole bunch of brilliant Edgar Allen Poe stories, which go together perfectly!! I prefer this set of stories to Sleepy Hollow—but that is more of a statement on my preference of Poe over that of Washington Irving, rather than a review of the illustrations. Gris Grimely is as odd and perfectly paired with these writers as usual. My favorite Gris Grimely is still his Frankenstein graphic novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Damien

    The artwork was very cute... in fact, a little too cute. It turned the genius of Poe into a "Beetlejuice" cartoon, or something on that level. But all the same, I liked it. And as much as I love Poe, I'm realizing that what people considered horror 150 years ago barely disturbs a pre-adolescent today. Or maybe I'm just too familiar with the stories? Because, in this case, the artwork worked very well for "Hop-Frog", the least famous of the 4 stories illustrated. And, along the same lines, I like The artwork was very cute... in fact, a little too cute. It turned the genius of Poe into a "Beetlejuice" cartoon, or something on that level. But all the same, I liked it. And as much as I love Poe, I'm realizing that what people considered horror 150 years ago barely disturbs a pre-adolescent today. Or maybe I'm just too familiar with the stories? Because, in this case, the artwork worked very well for "Hop-Frog", the least famous of the 4 stories illustrated. And, along the same lines, I liked that story even better than "Fall of the House of Usher" or "The Black Cat", which are two of my favorites by Poe.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I felt like I couldn't really go wrong with this book. I means it's freaking Poe. Even his worst story is awesome compared to the junk that gets published these days. Four of Poe's stories are featured in this book: The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog and The Fall of the House of Usher. The stories are great and Gris Grimly's illustrations highlight the text nicely. I definitely recommend this one for Halloween time or even as a gift to teens being introduced to Poe. Keep in min I felt like I couldn't really go wrong with this book. I means it's freaking Poe. Even his worst story is awesome compared to the junk that gets published these days. Four of Poe's stories are featured in this book: The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog and The Fall of the House of Usher. The stories are great and Gris Grimly's illustrations highlight the text nicely. I definitely recommend this one for Halloween time or even as a gift to teens being introduced to Poe. Keep in mind that the first story contains animal abuse, so if you're sensitive to animal abuse skip that one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nyie Rombeng

    good,brilliant,&provocative! poe's always too serious during create a new story previously.tales of mystery and madness is exception,still with little touch of mystery&thriller not make it feel serious! i think poe's insert graphic or cartoon stuff&pics inside it,that's makes tales of mystery and madness different! i like title"the black cat" cause give me other vision about something curse or myth about creatures around us ex:black cat who people say as devil cat,curse cat or unlucky cat etc altho good,brilliant,&provocative! poe's always too serious during create a new story previously.tales of mystery and madness is exception,still with little touch of mystery&thriller not make it feel serious! i think poe's insert graphic or cartoon stuff&pics inside it,that's makes tales of mystery and madness different! i like title"the black cat" cause give me other vision about something curse or myth about creatures around us ex:black cat who people say as devil cat,curse cat or unlucky cat etc although poe's always makes his readers feels curious&hillarious,this one is entertaining also suspenseful!:)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    Read this a couple years ago and decided to 'reread' it this year to try to wrap up a challenge. I say reread but I basically just looked at the pictures the second time around ;) But they are very good pictures so it was an interesting experience to see how well the story came across from just the illustrations. It features two of what I would consider 'well known' Poe stories and two that I hadn't heard of before seeing this collection. Definitely a fun and creepy little book and great for fan Read this a couple years ago and decided to 'reread' it this year to try to wrap up a challenge. I say reread but I basically just looked at the pictures the second time around ;) But they are very good pictures so it was an interesting experience to see how well the story came across from just the illustrations. It features two of what I would consider 'well known' Poe stories and two that I hadn't heard of before seeing this collection. Definitely a fun and creepy little book and great for fans of Grimly's illustrations and Poe's stories.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hilina Gugsa

    I really enjoyed reading this book, the art and the stories were amazing and different. It's not the usual gory, bloody, and mad scary stories you would hear. It's a slow-burn, descriptive book, with a whole lot of adjectives. Since the story was made in the 1800s that grammar is different from today's writing. I really enjoyed reading this book, the art and the stories were amazing and different. It's not the usual gory, bloody, and mad scary stories you would hear. It's a slow-burn, descriptive book, with a whole lot of adjectives. Since the story was made in the 1800s that grammar is different from today's writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber the Human

    My friend Katie gave me this book. Are the tales disturbing? Yes. Are the illustrations disturbing? Yes. And that's how it should be. My friend Katie gave me this book. Are the tales disturbing? Yes. Are the illustrations disturbing? Yes. And that's how it should be.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Love 'POE'..he was a genius. Love 'POE'..he was a genius.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Great stories from the amazing Edgar Allan Poe complete with beautiful illerstrations to go along with the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    sophia .:*:☆

    This was so cool!! The illustrations were so macabre and eerie, Gris Grimly is brilliant. Edgar Allan Poe will always be one of my favorite writers (and ideal man)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I read the final story (The Fall of the House of Usher) in this illustrated collection of 4 Edgar Allan Poe stories just before falling asleep last night. Yeah, my dreams were even more demented than usual. I also woke to the dismembering of several trees, where the snowfall was too much for the still leafy behemoths. Tree carnage everywhere. Needless to say, Gris Grimly’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness is a perfect seasonal read. The claim that “The original tales have been ever I read the final story (The Fall of the House of Usher) in this illustrated collection of 4 Edgar Allan Poe stories just before falling asleep last night. Yeah, my dreams were even more demented than usual. I also woke to the dismembering of several trees, where the snowfall was too much for the still leafy behemoths. Tree carnage everywhere. Needless to say, Gris Grimly’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness is a perfect seasonal read. The claim that “The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered” is true. Gris Grimly handles these stories masterfully. Poe’s work is as delicious dark as ever, atmospheric, gruesome, and wickedly worded. The daughter picked up a collection of Poe’s work from the school library not long ago. And the delight in her reading Poe was his overall effect, and his incredible vocabulary. Lists were made by page where she would stop and look them all up. Then at the end re-read the story in a definite state of awe. In Gris Grimly’s lovely book, the words remain as flavorful and difficult as ever. The oft long and unwieldy sentences that sing so perfectly are still enacted, sinking the chills so deeply inward as they wind about and descend. Poe has a way of externalizing the internal machinations using everything at his disposal, and I think Gris Grimly via his figure sketches and his composed frames/pages would echo a similar effect. The accompaniment of illustration is really well done in a contemporary styling of Edward Gorey, with some water color, and with an edge of mania. Admittedly, at first I shrugged at their darkling charm, but the images really grew on me. They’ve an energy; and they infuse the sinister in the same subtle ways Poe does with words. Given time and a better vocabulary I could disassemble the effects, like one might do with Poe (sentence structure, diction, etc) but in the end there is sure to be an organic quality that unsettles appropriately. from The Fall of the House of Usher. this image is pre-text. I liked Gris Grimly’s use of water color. The presentation of the stories are of interest. There is a lot of framing, with actual—er—frames, but it is more picture book than comic*; although the debate there is sure to continue. The images move as the story warrants, and they clarify the mood of each piece. Mind the compositions, as well as the delicacy in which Gris Grimly handles the more gory aspects to a story. I adored the font for the dialog and how it paired so nicely with the regular text in Locarno. The details really come together. But for the color, it is old cinema at points, a bit of Hitchcock; perhaps with the color, Tim Burton, both with film and with pen. I can liken, but Gris Grimly, even as he glowingly cites influences, concocts an imagery all his own. You read enough Edgar Allan Poe and you note repetitive images and themes and his brilliant observations of mental illnesses. In the 4 stories Gris Grimly chose to collect and illustrate find commonality, and not just Mystery and Madness. For those adults who worry over characters drinking or smoking, Poe and Grimly provide good morality tales as to how alcohol and opium (among other things) poorly affect the spirit and drive a body into horrible states. In the first story, Black Cat, the protagonist, driven by alcoholism and its subsequent inhibition of rage, gouges his beloved cat’s eyeball out. And then later tries to take an axe to it, but well, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice it to say, many a story here is an advertisement for how the drink and anger harms; and how horrifying the unrepentant truly are. And yet, of course, Poe can be complicated. With Black Cat: Was it the Alcohol? Was it an adult onset of some other illness complicated by drink? Was he really just a bad man (and since he was writing the letter misled us at the beginning)? We really want to work out some of Poe’s mysteries, review his words, his establishment of the story, because his villains (who are oft our narrator) are scary and it feels safer to explain them away—which is a mistake, because Poe’s villains become all too familiar a figure. For instance, The Mask of the Red Death feels timely, does it not? Prince Prospero hiding away behind impressive and impassable walls in opulence with the select courtiers while the 99% writhe in anguish beneath the onslaught of the Red Death (assign the red state where you will). –okay, sorry, I usually avoid anything political, but you get the example. Poe (and Grimly) use both the upper and the lower classmen as figures of terror. Notably however is the gleefulness you feel at the ending of the villainous Prince (The Mask) and King (Hop-Frog). Then, with both The Mask of the Red Death and Hop-Frog the endings are a conflict of terror and jubilance; not unlike the masquerade balls in which the concluding events occur. As for The Fall of the House of Usher just felt inevitable. I felt an enormous relief of having escaped that story. Unfortunately Black Cat is a scenario that isn’t always so inevitable. Poe’s stories and Grimly’s artwork are inspired. Poe’s stories (and Gris Grimly’s illustrations) can be enjoyed at a most basic level: you can get a fairly simple chill of horror and enjoy its lingering effects for hours after. Or you can linger and worry over how you yourself have been thus revealed by the reading and manipulative response of Poe’s tales. You can marvel over a sentence, a scene, or creatively subtle devisement. In Gris Grimly’s book, you can enjoy the illustrations several passes more. Edgar Allan Poes’ Tales of Mystery and Madness is a treat that keeps on giving, “ever so slightly dismembered” into bite-sized stories for enjoyable autumnal afternoon sittings. And I would echo the recommended daylight hours, for Poe in the hands of Gris Grimly is delightfully disturbing. *************** *Since this book is for 11 & up you will likely find this in a Teen Graphic Novel/Comics section. And I really would take the age 11 & up seriously here. L @ omphaloskepsis http://contemplatrix.wordpress.com/20...

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