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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia
Contributor(s): Grimly, Gris (Illustrator), Poe, Edgar Allan
ISBN: 1416950257     ISBN-13: 9781416950257
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $17.99  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2009
Annotation: Lavishly illustrated, four classic tales by the horror master--"The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher"--are bound in a graphic novel-style format showcasing the deliciously macabre spirit of Poe's tales. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Horror tales, American.
Children's stories, American.
Horror stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Horror & Ghost Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009003056
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 7.50" W x 0.75" (1.24 lbs) 136 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 134347
Reading Level: 7.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Contributor Bio(s): Gris Grimly lives in Pasadena, California, where he runs the Mad Creator Studio. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He also wrote and illustrated Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes. You can learn more about him at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Grimly (Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness) abridges and illustrates four more chilling Poe tales in this volume, leading with "The Tell-Tale Heart." Dynamic page design propels each story while contextualizing the sometimes challenging language. By the end, though, it feels like an awful lot of sameness; each tale may have been better served by an individual adaptation. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 August #5)

This graphic novel–style companion to Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness contains four condensed versions of classic Poe stories. Grimly's caricatured faces capture the macabre soul of Poe's work, while the text incorporates significant moments from the original works. When the speaker in The Tell-Tale Heart declares, "I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever," he is rendered ghoulishly, as three panels close in on his own bulging, horror-struck eye. The essence of Poe with the accessibility and artistry of Grimly's gruesome images make it a sound introduction to the legendary writer—though, as with much of Poe's work, this collection is not for the timid. Ages 11–up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 September)

Gr 7 Up—Four of Poe's morbid short stories are adapted for teens in this heavily illustrated presentation: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether," "The Oblong Box," and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." Grimly intersperses his horror-infused ink-and-watercolor cartoon art throughout Poe's putrid prose. The effect is an offering that bridges graphic and traditional print formats. Great for readers who adore the gothic and the gruesome.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY

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