Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King
Published by Manga Classics
Published on: September 1, 2017
Genres: Horror, Graphic Novel
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Virginia-Nitouhei-The Tell-Tale Heart
Chagen-The Cask of Amontillado
Uka Nagao-The Mask of the Red Death
Linus Liu-The Fall of the House of Usher
Man Yiu-The Fall of the House of Usher
The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of 'the Plague'), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation."
I saw that Stormi at Books, Movies and Review Oh my! got an Edgar Allan Poe manga for review from NetGalley, I decided I had to have it. I love Edgar Allan Poe and I thought the idea of reading his stories with illustrations would be fun. I was very excited that approved to review it. This is my first manga and my first digital comic. It took me a little bit to figure out the reading order (this book does include instructions on how to read a manga, back to front and right to left).
This manga contains five of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe stories, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Mask of the Red Death, The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher. These are great short stories and one poem. I’m not going to go into the stories. They are Poe. You either know his work or you don’t. He writes some really creepy stories. I think these stories are perfect for a newbie into Poe, as it is some of his best work. I also liked how the manga also included some pages that gave history into Poe and some of his stories.
What I really want to focus on is the artwork. I think the artist at Manga Classics did an amazing job with the artwork in this book. It is as creepy as the stories. I think they really brought out the horror and madness of the characters. There is also artwork that isn’t as creepy, because the story didn’t call for creepy in some pictures. They did exactly what the scene required.
I highly recommend checking out Manga Classic‘s books. They have some other great works including The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations and more.
Here’s a small sample of the artwork that you will see.