Friday, February 16, 2018

REVIEW: Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds - Erin

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Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel 
Adaptation by Gareth Hinds
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763681128
Checked Out From Library

In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe s best-known works, acclaimed artist-adapter Gareth Hinds translates Poe's dark genius into graphic-novel format. 
It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad? 
In "The Cask of Amontillado," a man exacts revenge on a disloyal friend at carnival, luring him into catacombs below the city. In "The Masque of the Red Death," a prince shielding himself from plague hosts a doomed party inside his abbey stronghold. A prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, faced with a swinging blade and swarming rats, can t see his tormentors in "The Pit and the Pendulum," and in "The Tell-Tale Heart," a milky eye and a deafening heartbeat reveal the effects of conscience and creeping madness. Alongside these tales are visual interpretations of three poems "The Raven," "The Bells," and Poe s poignant elegy to lost love, "Annabel Lee." The seven concise graphic narratives, keyed to thematic icons, amplify and honor the timeless legacy of a master of gothic horror.” (Goodreads)


To begin with, let me just say, I’m a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I’ve probably read the majority of his work and even have a few of his things (including The Raven and Annabel Lee) memorized. I always love finding new versions of his work. I’ve read a few different graphic novel adaptations and I have to say this one is by far my favorite. 

It has the full text of some of Poe’s more famous work including "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee." The art work is consistent drawing wise throughout, though he does change tones/colors depending on the story he’s illustrating. His pictures are very atmospheric, colorful when need be and dark when suspense is high. I loved his version of the Raven. It’s done in a black and white sketch and the main character definitely resembles Poe. I also loved his version of Annabel Lee. It was like a collage of everything the poem was describing. Beautiful, heartfelt, and sad. I loved how the introduction page for each story/poem had that date of the item and a slight description (Scary, Death, Creepy Animals, etc.). It gave this version a bit of humor/cleverness in between all the darkness. I think that anyone who is a Poe fan or who needs to read him for school will enjoy this adaptation. 

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