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Edgar Allan Poe: Graphic Classics Volume 1    edited by Tom Pomplun order for
Edgar Allan Poe
by Tom Pomplun
Order:  USA  Can
Eureka Productions, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is a revised edition (including over forty pages of new material) of the first volume in a graphic novel classics series, that 'presents the works of great authors in comics adaptations'. This third edition of the series debut presents the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and the cover does an excellent job of portraying the mix of mystery and horror in his work. Brief bios of Edgar Allan Poe and of all the illustrators are included at the back.

Poe tales presented here include: The Tell-Tale Heart, King Pest, The Premature Burial, Eldorado, Spirits of the Dead, The Imp of the Perverse, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Hop-Frog, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Fall of the House of Usher. The black and white illustrations vary greatly in style - though most enhanced the texts, I found that a couple distracted from the story.

I enjoyed revisiting Poe's spooky tales (some of which were new to me) and poetry, especially his celebrated The Raven ('And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor / Shall be lifted - nevermore!'). Other volumes in the series include illustrated works of Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Rafael Sabatini.

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