Tales of Mystery & Imagination Paperback – Aug 15 1993
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Award-winning fantasy illustrator Gary Kelley writes, "I have selected three of Edgar Allan Poe's best short stories.... I chose 'The Fall of the House of Usher' for its classic Gothic images and its dark, melancholic central characters, including the house itself. 'The Black Cat' is ... appealing to me for its use of mystery and foreboding that takes us to a horrifying climax. 'The Cask of Amontillado' ... my personal favorite, [is] a simple narrative of revenge set in the contrasting worlds of carnival and catacomb." Click on the book's cover for a closer look, but the reproduction doesn't really do justice to the richness of color in Kelley's shadowy, atmospheric paintings. (The cat's eye is green, and its tongue is pink.) This gorgeous edition has 20 full- and double-page paintings, including a melancholy portrait of Poe; each page of text is surrounded by subtle decorative frames. The images of Roderick and Madeleine Usher are especially effective. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I had them all when I was a child, and by some mistake or other I lost this volume. Luckily, Amazon had it. :) These books are all true classics in the best sense, and cover a wide variety of genres and styles. As for this one, it's wonderful--all of Poe's most famous short stories are collected in a single volume. Need I say more?
Poe, written of many times as "the master of the macabre," puts forth his stories with the rarest of skill and artistry in both prose and poetry. His work preys upon the most essential and timeless of human fears, and practically every story is a "great read." His is a literary form of writing that draws upon accurate historical detail, no matter the time period, place or circumstance, and his frequent incorporation of references to Greek Gods, mythological figures and Latin phrases embellishes the writing immensely.
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