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Gris Grimly handles these stories masterfully. And the delight in her reading Poe was his overall effect, and his incredible vocabulary. Lists were made by page where she would stop and look them all up. Then at the end re-read the story in a definite state of awe.

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The oft long and unwieldy sentences that sing so perfectly are still enacted, sinking the chills so deeply inward as they wind about and descend. The accompaniment of illustration is really well done in a contemporary styling of Edward Gorey, with some water color, and with an edge of mania. Admittedly, at first I shrugged at their darkling charm, but the images really grew on me. Given time and a better vocabulary I could disassemble the effects, like one might do with Poe sentence structure, diction, etc but in the end there is sure to be an organic quality that unsettles appropriately.

The presentation of the stories are of interest.

The images move as the story warrants, and they clarify the mood of each piece. Mind the compositions, as well as the delicacy in which Gris Grimly handles the more gory aspects to a story.

I adored the font for the dialog and how it paired so nicely with the regular text in Locarno. The details really come together. But for the color, it is old cinema at points, a bit of Hitchcock; perhaps with the color, Tim Burton, both with film and with pen. I can liken, but Gris Grimly, even as he glowingly cites influences, concocts an imagery all his own.


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You read enough Edgar Allan Poe and you note repetitive images and themes and his brilliant observations of mental illnesses. In the 4 stories Gris Grimly chose to collect and illustrate find commonality, and not just Mystery and Madness. For those adults who worry over characters drinking or smoking, Poe and Grimly provide good morality tales as to how alcohol and opium among other things poorly affect the spirit and drive a body into horrible states.

Suffice it to say, many a story here is an advertisement for how the drink and anger harms; and how horrifying the unrepentant truly are. And yet, of course, Poe can be complicated. With Black Cat: Was it the Alcohol? Was it an adult onset of some other illness complicated by drink? Was he really just a bad man and since he was writing the letter misled us at the beginning? For instance, The Mask of the Red Death feels timely, does it not?

Poe and Grimly use both the upper and the lower classmen as figures of terror. Then, with both The Mask of the Red Death and Hop-Frog the endings are a conflict of terror and jubilance; not unlike the masquerade balls in which the concluding events occur.

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As for The Fall of the House of Usher just felt inevitable. I felt an enormous relief of having escaped that story. You can marvel over a sentence, a scene, or creatively subtle devisement. And I would echo the recommended daylight hours, for Poe in the hands of Gris Grimly is delightfully disturbing. I read, and I write. View all posts by L. There are a handful of these Goreyesque illustrators that I really enjoy, and Grimly is one. I would probably describe him as much Tim Burtonesque, as Goreyesque.

I love it.

He was a true master of the short story medium and nothing gives me a little fright like Poe does. Can I just say that your daughter is too cool? I was trying to place Grimly and many said Gorey which I do not disagree, but Burton-esque is more apropos. I was happy to see Gris Grimly keep so much of Poe intact for this book.

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