The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe: Manga Classics

The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe: Manga Classics

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Overview

The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder’s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of ‘the Plague’), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover’s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe’s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772940213
Publisher: UDON Entertainment Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Manga Classics Series
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 125,117
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Born in 1809, he is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Stacy King is the editor for Manga Classics, a critically-acclaimed line of modern adaptations of literary classics in a manga format. In addition to her editorial duties, she has also written adaptations for Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility along with creating the English-language scripts for other books in the line. She holds an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in English Literature. When not immersed in a book, she enjoys historical costuming and obsessing about cats.

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The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe: Manga Classics 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BrucesHouseOfWayne 8 months ago
This is a good book. I fully appreciate the style of Manga embellishing the literary works of Poe. It is great fun to read these tales I have read many times before in this format. Of course, one can always wish for more stories to be told similarly. If this is a Volume One of future collection, that would be great news. The artists capture the vivid and varied emotions of Poe’s characters well. For some readers, the lack of color might prove to be an issue, but monochrome can have its uses. It elicits the chiaroscuro binary that is ensconced in a lot of Poe’s works. That said, there are times when the art seems like it could have been taken a step further, with more detail. The “cover pages”, as they were, that begin each tale show great detail and depth that is hardly reflected throughout the rest of the piece. Especially in The Fall of the House of Usher, it seems like a lot of the background is left to the imagination of the reader. That has its points (especially because Poe can be very character-driven), but a good embellishment to any of Poe’s works would be the atmosphere created by scenery. So, a little extra could have been done there. Of course, and as I mentioned before, the reader can always hope for more of Poe’s tales. I would have liked to have seen The Purloined Letter, personally. Being that the artists capture emotion and facial expressions so well, it would have been fascinating to see the confusion and intrigue on the look of the Narrator, the pompous and cavalier attitude of Dupin, and the frustration of the Prefect. Overall, it is a solid entry and great for those who love Manga and have an interest in picking up some classic Poe literature. I look forward to more additions. ***I was given a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
rodeorocks13 More than 1 year ago
I’ve always been an Edgar Allan Poe fan and read a lot of his works. That being said there were a few I had not read so it was an exciting new way to experience the ones I hadn’t read. For the ones I had I really enjoyed the way the art bought the expressions together. Poe was the perfect choice to make into manga because the artists really captured the expression of horror involved with his writing. The artists chosen for this collection did a great job. I think this is perfect for horror and Poe fans alike and I would love to see more volumes of his work done. I can’t wait to check out more from the Manga Classics line. I received a review copy from the publishers through netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like some other comic book adaptations of classic works, this book chooses to include the full text of each story, broken down across various panels. This approach either works very well or very poorly because it's hard to take word-heavy stories by writers like Poe and put it in dialogue balloons and description panels without making the story seem overdone. In this case, the approach works very well. Stacy King's done an excellent job of organizing the text into just the right panels for dramatic effect, and the art is consistently great throughout. The art's style varies a little between each story due to the different artists, but it always finds ways to imply more than show violence, a trick that makes the stories terrifying without being disgusting. A very artful and compelling adaptation of Poe.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
This was the first real book that I read for the Spooky September readathon, because I mean, what is more spooky than an Edgar Allen Poe story? I was eager to try it out in manga version, since I always fell quite overwhelmed when trying to pick up an actual classic. It turned out to be an interesting medium that I both enjoyed but also got checked out from. The art varied for me. I really liked the art in "Nevermore" and "The Masque of the Red Death." Those had really great art, and I liked the movement, the style, and the detail. "The Fall of the House of Usher" had okay art, and I really wasn't a fan of the "The Cask" or "The Tell-Tale Heart" art - even though they did feel a little more darker and Poe-y. I will say the manga did really stay true to the Poe stories. It really just brought to life the pictures that Poe puts into the story. So, Poe fans, will really appreciate how true it stayed and just added in the pictures. However, I always do have an issue with following along with classics and it did get a tiny bit boring in parts, so there were parts that I really tuned out and started skimming. I think it was just a personal preference, but I guess I would have liked a little more...liberty taken with them to condense it? I also never really got the creepy, spooky vibe from it that I wanted to. However, I think it was a great interpretation of the story, and they definitely brought Poe to life. Overall, it wasn't a bad manga, but I never really felt the huge draw for it. It never really brought me the spooks, but the art was mostly great and it stayed true to Poe. It was a lot easier to taken the large volume of his work. It was a pretty decent start to my Spooky September reads. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
This was the first real book that I read for the Spooky September readathon, because I mean, what is more spooky than an Edgar Allen Poe story? I was eager to try it out in manga version, since I always fell quite overwhelmed when trying to pick up an actual classic. It turned out to be an interesting medium that I both enjoyed but also got checked out from. The art varied for me. I really liked the art in "Nevermore" and "The Masque of the Red Death." Those had really great art, and I liked the movement, the style, and the detail. "The Fall of the House of Usher" had okay art, and I really wasn't a fan of the "The Cask" or "The Tell-Tale Heart" art - even though they did feel a little more darker and Poe-y. I will say the manga did really stay true to the Poe stories. It really just brought to life the pictures that Poe puts into the story. So, Poe fans, will really appreciate how true it stayed and just added in the pictures. However, I always do have an issue with following along with classics and it did get a tiny bit boring in parts, so there were parts that I really tuned out and started skimming. I think it was just a personal preference, but I guess I would have liked a little more...liberty taken with them to condense it? I also never really got the creepy, spooky vibe from it that I wanted to. However, I think it was a great interpretation of the story, and they definitely brought Poe to life. Overall, it wasn't a bad manga, but I never really felt the huge draw for it. It never really brought me the spooks, but the art was mostly great and it stayed true to Poe. It was a lot easier to taken the large volume of his work. It was a pretty decent start to my Spooky September reads. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was approved to read an advanced e-copy of Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe and Stacy King from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Here are my thoughts on the book and why I think you should pick it up:  This manga is based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories. I have read a few of his works and this telling really adds to the creepy affect with its outstanding artwork! I loved Poe before reading this and love him even more after. It is a great manga for anyone who has read his work or who is new to his work but wants to dive in with the added bonus of pictures. I have already read two others from their Manga Classics series and they are great. Definitely go check it out!
pattyb0625 More than 1 year ago
THis is such a great way for us to read these classic books that sometimes, quite frankly are boring. Ive always loved Edgar Allan Poe's stories and seeing them in manga(comic) form was great. The artwork was wonderful. it brought his stories to new life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked seeing these stories that I've read so many times adapted as manga, the art looks nice and really conveyed the mood and atmosphere. Overall, very solid collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comic Itself: 4/5 Written as a comic:4/5 The comics themselves are written and drawn nicely. I had hoped comic form would help enjoy Edgar Allan Poe's stories but even them couldn't help. But the graphic novel is great and perfect for those who like his stories.
J.B. Taylor More than 1 year ago
It isn't easy adapting legendary work. While there's technically nothing wrong with this collection, I couldn't get into it simply because if the artwork. Not that it isn't nicely done, it is, but the lack of color threw me off. It, for me, needed that color. The stories would have exploded off the page. This isn't a bad adaptation, I just like things a certain way. If you don't mind a lack of color, you'll enjoy the stories because they're nicely done. I received a free cop in return for an honest review.
AshMills More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. The first thing I noticed though is that when I started reading the ebook edition it started from the back of the book. I had to skip to the last page,315, to get to the beginning of the book. That could just be an error on Adobe part but I wanted to mention it. I am a big fan of Edger Allan Poe so I feel honored to have had the chance to read this. I have read all his works and this one has the best classics. My favorite was The Tell Tale Heart, it was excellent! The characters were drawn perfectly to how I imagined them. I loved how you could see his maddening expression as the story went on. And I did enjoy that there were rare instances that differed from the original tale. I also enjoyed the curious facts that appear a few times in this manga adaption. I learned some things I did not know before. Like the beetles in The Tell Tale Heart purpose. The artwork for the raven was especially good. The image of Lenore was incredible. The pages of The Fall of the House of Usher also amazed me. The artist was amazing at recreating the house from the description of Poe tale. Every crack and dead tree was described well. As well as the furnishings and the rooms inside the house. This is a great modern manga version of Edger Allan Poe works. I hope there is more to come! I was given an early copy of this book for an honest review.
SKJAM More than 1 year ago
When I was young, a half century or so ago, there was a line of educational comics called Classics Illustrated. These presented classic public domain works of literature in a comic book format. The art tended to be static and pedestrian, difficult or disturbing plot material got left out, and very little of the stirring language that made these works classics remained. But they read fast, and had helpful pictures for kids not ready to tackle Cliff’s Notes. There have been several revivals and imitators since then, and currently Udon Entertainment has brought out a line of such works under the group name Manga Classics. The word “manga” is used rather loosely here as the material is neither produced nor created in Japan. The artists do use “mangaesque” art styles, and some of them are at least of Japanese heritage. It will be published in the chunky paperback format familiar to manga fans, and printed to read right to left for aesthetic purposes. The hope is that the sort of kid who enjoys other manga will pick up these volumes. The current volume retells four of Edgar Allan Poe’s weird stories, and the poem “The Raven.” The strong narrative voice and short length of the works means that nearly the entire prose of the story can be used as word balloons or caption boxes for the illustrated panels. The collection begins with “The Tell-Tale Heart” in which a murderer explains that he is not insane, just gifted or cursed with sensory sensitivity. The format is used to switch between scenes of the narrator telling his story to a doctor or lawyer (it isn’t clear which) and the narrator’s actions that led up to his imprisonment. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a tale of the perfect revenge (for what, the narrator never quite makes clear) as a fool is led to his doom by his love of and expertise in wine. The art goes heavy on the screentone. “The Raven” has a man thinking of his lost love and being tormented by the title bird with its cry of “Nevermore.” The art style makes the man look too young for the tone of the poem, but it’s otherwise a good adaptation. “The Masque of the Red Death” is about a party held in the last refuge from a plague; the rich and powerful safe and well-fed while the poor die in droves. This one works very well, but suffers a bit from not being in color, since the color schemes play so much into the atmosphere. “The Fall of the House of Usher” finishes the volume with a long tale of the last dregs of a noble family and their symbolic dwelling place. There are some rather large implausibilities here, but the faces of Usher as he succumbs to madness are well done. Poe’s masterful writing is the best thing about this volume, but the art is pretty good too. Most recommended for younger teens who enjoy both spooky tales and manga-style illustrations. It seems less likely to appeal to older readers already familiar with the material. Disclaimer: I was provided a free download of this upcoming book through Netgalley for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was requested or offered. There may be changes in the final edition.