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Junior Library Guild Selection
Named a Big Book of Fall by Bustle.com, Kirkus Reviews, Bookish.com, and more!
"A superb collection of young adult short stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's work...The volume is divided between the new stories and Poe's originals, which makes for a delightful reading experience. Adler's anthology brims over with fierce delight and uncanny invention; the stories here vary in their effect nearly as much as Poe's do...And if you haven't read Poe before, His Hideous Heart works equally well as an introduction, a tribute and a loving critique. Welcome." ―The New York Times Book Review
"Presenting 13 reinterpretations of Poe's works alongside the originals, this enticing anthology offers an accessible, multifaceted reading experience for fans old and new...A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there's something for everyone in this delightful compilation." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A genre-bending collection of 13 twists on Edgar Allan Poe's works does Poe proud with this creepy and atmospheric set of stories inspired by a handful of his most well-known works...Strong feminist themes appear throughout, and genres run the gamut from futuristic to gothic to lots in between. Diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality is well-represented. Poe's ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"While we love Edgar Allan Poe―the original sad boi and Halloween's unofficial literary mascot―we have to admit that his 150-year-old stories could use a 2019-worthy glow-up. The YA story collection His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler, takes that challenge and runs with it. Each of the anthology's contributors revamp or totally reinvent 13of Poe's best-known stories and poems, imbuing most of them with a much-needed dose of feminism, LGBTQ representation, and racial diversity." ―HelloGiggles
"In Adler's inclusive anthology,13 YA authors honor Edgar Allan Poe's pioneering work in mystery,horror, and science fiction with retellings that emphasize diverse characters, settings, and genres...Poe fans new and old will find stories to appreciate here." ―ALA Booklist
"Thirteen authors reshape short stories by Edgar Allan Poe in a collection that practically pulses with curricular potential. Both well-known works and lesser-known stories are reimagined here, and the retellings echo the suspense, wit, and undeniable sadness that move through the original pieces. Poe's original short stories are all provided in the second half of the book, and any fan of the writer will appreciate these modern takes on the morbid and macabre." ―The Bulletin
"Heartbreaking, thrilling, gruesome, and gorgeous: these stories will delight longtime Poe fans just as much as readers who haven't read the classics." ―Beth Revis, author of Give the Dark My Love
"Beautiful, haunting, and wickedly clever, His Hideous Heart digs deep into the essence of Poe's legendary works and ingeniously reanimates them for modern readers." ―Cat Winters, author of The Raven's Tale
About the Author
Tiffany D. Jackson
Fran Wilde --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File Size : 5009 KB
- Publisher : Flatiron Books; Illustrated Edition (September 10, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07LF5SYHN
- Print Length : 472 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publication Date : September 10, 2019
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1250302773
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The TL;DR? It has a few worthwhile stories amounting to maybe 30 pages, but the rest range from not-so-great to outright horrible. Not worth the price, in my opinion for only 30 quality pages of reading. Just read the original stories and then follow up on Sparknotes if you need to.
“She Rode a Horse of Fire” by Kendare Blake inspired by “Metzengerstein”- I love Kendare Blake’s writing and was so excited to hear she was going to be in this collection. I read the original story of “Metzengerstein” before I read this tale. It stays very true to the story while putting a fresh spin on it. I love how the story was told by Eliza a servent in the Baron’s manor and not the Baron himself. I loved the ending especially the last paragraph and think Poe would be proud that his story inspired this one. Rating: 5 stars
“It’s Carnival” by Tiffany D. Jackson inspired by “The Cask of Amontillado” – I loved how this story had a girl PoC main character. I love a great revenge story especially girls getting revenge. So I loved this. It stayed true to the original but made it more modern and easier to connect with the main character. Rating: 5 stars
“Night-Tide” by Tessa Gratton inspired by “Annabel Lee”- Annabel Lee is one of my favorite poems so I was really worried to read this retelling. I loved the twist the author put on it and she keeps the tone of the story true to the tragicness of the poem. Rating: 4 stars
“The Glittering Death” by Caleb Roehrig inspired by “The Pit and the Pendulum” – This one I was very curious about how it would be retold. What is going to be the pit, the pendulum, and who is going to be the stand-in for the Inquisition? I always thought this would be one of the harder Poe stories to retell. I loved it. The direction the author had it go was perfect. Who he picked to be the Inquisition was genius. Rating: 4 stars
“A Drop of Stolen Ink” by Emily Lloyd-Jones inspired by “The Purloined Letter”- I loved The Hearts We Sold by this author so much and I loved this science-fiction take on “The Purloined Letter” This is my favorite story in the book. The world, characters, and the writing drew me in. The author took Poe’s story and turned it into so much more. Rating: 5 stars
“Happy Days, Sweetheart” by Stephanie Kuehn inspired by “The Tell-Tale Heart”- The Tell-Tale Heart is one of my top favorite Poe stories. I love that the author added the current issues we face in society into the story. But one change I didn’t agree with. Rating: 3 stars
“The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace inspired by “The Raven”- The Raven is a beautiful poem. Lovelace has taken the Raven and turned it into Blackout Poetry. For those who don’t know what it is it is blacking out words in a story or poem to make a new one using the words and letters from the original. Personally, I find this an insult to Poe. Also, this seemed like the author was too lazy to retell The Raven. Rating: 2 stars
“Changeling” by Marieke Nijkamp inspired by “Hop-Frog”- I loved how the author retold this story. She stayed true to the story while adding a really imaginative and neat twist. Rating: 5 stars
“The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles inspired by “The Oval Portrait”- I loved how the author bought social media into this story and made it so modern by setting it in a high school. He thought of the perfect way to bring this story into the present without losing the tone or truth of the original story. Rating: 4 stars
“Red” by Hillary Monahan inspired by “The Masque of the Red Death”- I loved which character the author told this story from. I have always loved the original story of beauty and death and the author turned this into one with beauty and death and another message as well. Rating: 5 stars
“Lygia” by Dahlia Adler inspired by “Ligeia”- No one is better at death and madness than Poe. I thought this retelling was perfect. The author captured Poe’s story to perfection. The obsession and the madness of the main character perfectly matched Poe’s main from the original story. This is one of the best stories in this collection of retellings. Rating: 5 stars
“The Fall of the Bank of Usher” by Fran Wilde inspired by “The Fall of the House of Usher” – This story was so unique while keeping all the elements of the original story just mixing them up a bit. I loved all the characters in this story and found the world really interesting. Rating: 5 stars
“The Murders in the Rue Apartelle Boracay” by Rin Chupeco inspired by “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”- I really didn’t care for this story. It had nothing to do with the story itself which I thought was a great retelling but I didn’t connect with the character telling it. I loved the diversity of the story. Rating: 3.5 stars
If you are a fan of Poe’s work or discovering it for the first time I highly recommend this book. You can read the original stories and some amazing retellings by many talented authors.
My favorite stories are She Rode a Horse of Fire, A Drop of Stolen Ink, Lygia, and The Fall of the Bank of Usher.
My least favorites are The Raven(Remix), Happy Days, Sweetheart, and The Murders of Rue Apartelle Boracay.
*Thanks so much to Flatiron Books for the ARC through Netgalley. All opinions are my own*
I also bought my own copy as well.