Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness

by Edgar Allan Poe
ISBN: 0689848374

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A Review of: Edgar Allan Poe∆s Tales of Mystery and Madness
by Olga Stein

Edgar Allan's Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness contains four of Poe's stories: "The Black Cat", "The Masque of the Red Death", "Hop-Frog", and "The Fall of the House of Asher". All four tales are disturbing enough to furnish illustrator Gris Grimly with ample fodder for his black pen. This book borrows a great deal from the dark graphic novel, but while the drawings often seem better suited to graphic books or magazines for adults, the overall design and use of colour is artistically appealing, and the content is toned down just enough (though I wouldn't give the book to a preteen). The book has the quality of a collectible-macabre but unquestionably accomplished. Since it's Poe, the content is literary fright stuff, and kids could do a lot worse. I would think that boys will like it more than girls, and that big boys will be especially taken.

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