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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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It is worth noting that although it is a picture book, some of the imagery and definitely the Poe stories themselves are graphic, so maybe don't cuddle up with your five year old with this one.... Older kids, especially these days, should have no problem.
The story starts with people who were having a masquerade at Prince Prospero's house. Each hour the clock chimed. At the 12th chime a person in a red cape came out of the clock and frightened everyone at the masquerade. Prince Prospero tried to kill him but the Prince died when he saw his face. Then, anyone who saw his face or dared to enter the red blood shot room died by bleeding to death. Will anyone survive? You will have to read it yourself to find out.
I though all of the stories in the book were scary and cool. I also thought the illustrations by Chris Grimley were very creative. I would recommend for anyone who likes horror to read this book.
David - age 9
Absolutely fabulous. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
Updated - 9/1/13
I had totally forgotten I had gotten this online and while I was looking through my reviews I remembered! I figured I should add some things with an update.
I'm an art teacher and had brought this in as a visual example or story illustration to my highschoolers for a project. Later on I saw one of my students who was always giving me trouble was reading it and I'm talking REALLY reading it not just looking at the pictures. At the end of class, which was at the end of the day, I saw he still hadn't left yet and went over to chat. It turns out he really wanted to finish and when he closed the book and asked him if he realized he had just read stories by Edgar Allen Poe (someone he'd heard about but disregarded in English class). He seemed throughly surprised and when I informed his English teacher she loved it! I gotta say I didn't by this book expecting to help expand a students knowledge that way but hey, you gotta appreciate it's impact!
'After his instruction's through, he leaves to go find someone new.
When he chooses to meander, he flies away upon his gander.'
-- from the poem Father Grim
'She would scream, curse, spit, and swear.
She said things children wouldn't dare.
To other classmates, she would be cruel,
And so she made no friends at school...'
-- from the poem Miss Muffet
'Jill would jab him with a pin
While she bared an evil grin.
Jack would bash her on the head,
Without guilt, until she bled.'
-- from the poem Jack and Jill
(If you're looking for a book of rhyming poetry, skip Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhyme series and check out J.T. Holden's Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland instead -- at times wicked, always clever, and thoroughly engaging, the poetry of Alice in Verse is galaxies beyond Grimly's pedestrian jingles...and Holden wisely leaves the illustrations to Andrew Johnson, whose art brings the characters of Wonderland to life in truly stunning halftones.)
That said, Grimly's artwork is another matter altogether. What he lacks in skill with the pen, he more than makes up for with his brush. With Tales of Mystery and Madness, Grimly has wisely chosen to leave the writing to a professional and concentrate his effort on what he does best. Leaving little to the imagination (and that's a good thing here), Grimly paints a stark and vivid backdrop for the classic spine-tinglers of Edgar Allen Poe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a very exciting and very well written book of creepy stories. I happen to like reading creepy stories once in a while and this one is amazing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. Jeon
This book is perfect for a 'my first Poe' type of book. The illustrations are equally creepy to the subject matter, but never too gross or gory. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KLU
loved the illustrations they really matched Poe's stories so well.Published 13 months ago by Lisa E. Archbold