I'm not a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. Overrated, to say the least. But this manga collection of his works was delectable. I was wary going in, not just because of my feelings about Poe, but because horror is often best left to the imagination, rather than the painted page. But here there's just enough of both. Shade is used to dynamic effect; shadows creep perfectly; the characters are expressive; the panels and cropping keep you on your seat. Kudos to the artists.
First of all I want to congratulate the author/ illustrator of these Manga series for the beautiful artworks and the effort they have put into making this reach people. It's really admirable. Illustrations as usual are lively and beautiful. The use of color red made it even more special if you know what I mean.
I have been fan of Poe since many years now. I read his Raven years ago and then I kept reading everything by him. He is the master of poems and short stories and he was pioneer of detective stories as well. He was known for his macabre and gloomy themes.
Visiting Poe's works through Manga was definitely a treat. Some works are just timeless and this collection of Poe' s works is one of them. There are 5 stories in this collection and all are my favourites.
* The tell tale heart - Poe's most famous if works
* The cask of amantillado
* The Raven - Poe's most famous poem
* The masque of the red death
* The fall of the house of Usher - one of the best horror stories in the history of literature
Thank you Netgalley and udon entertainment for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.
I love the Manga Classics versions of classic novels and so do my students! These books help make the classics more accessible to a new generation of reader and some of the teachers in my building use the Manga Classics alongside the original work when teaching classics. Many of my students are interested in the work of Poe, so Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe will likely be the next Manga Classic that I add to my school library.
I admit to not being in the target audience for Manga (grandkids are, though), but I love Poe in any form or type of imaginative presentation. Nothing like true classic horror! According to several young folks this presentation is very much the thing and they got this granny to buy and gift them as soon as they had read major parts on my laptop when they were visiting.
The book is atmospherically illustrated in simple line drawings that still manage to convey the appropriate atmosphere.
I requested and received a temporary electronic copy on Adobe Digital Editions from UDON Entertainment via NetGalley. Thank you!
I have always wanted to read Poe’s work. And, when I saw the manga on Netgalley, I just could not resist myself from requesting it. The book has only four famous stories by Poe. I liked the graphics but felt that it was a little bit confusing for me as I am reading manga for the very first time. And the stories had been able to create a little bit of an atmosphere of horror. After reading this, I am definitely going to read all of his works.
My two favorites in this collection would likely have to be the first and third, the Telltale Heart and the Masque of the Red Death retellings. The Telltale Heart is perhaps the ur-example of Poe's unreliable narrator, one who is utterly mad and denies being such. The illustrations do well to not refute his madness with a reality that's too well set, with shadowy imagery accompanying his narration and giving the tale a creepy ambiguity. We only know so much here and all of it bubbles from a cracked wellspring of a narrator, so what is to be trusted? The illustrations also don't overly dwell upon the gruesome details of dismemberment, leaving us only with the narrator's mad expression as he tries to hide his terrible crime.
Masque of Red Death is similarly fantastic in another direction, relying on the description of color and gaiety to offset its eventual horrific conclusion. It's a well-known story, perhaps more famous than ever after 2020, of the attempt of the wealthy and privileged to deny the ravages of a disease happening around them. The lush decadence of excess is on full display here, as is the stark contrast of the titular red death.
Yet I cannot deny the sumptuous horror of the other three tales, all of which convey their own chilling recollections. They ultimately use the environment as part of their horror, mansions, and a single room that are all wonderfully realized by the manga's illustrations, using bars and shadows and bones and rot to inspire further horror in the reader. Overall, I highly recommend this manga.
This is a great way to expand exposure to the classics. This was a nice graphical interpretation and something that makes Poe more accessible.
I have read quite a few Manga Classics already. I still think this is a fun way to introduce some classic stories to Manga fans, especially younger fans, and perhaps even inspire them to read the original books.
I absolutely loved reading Poe's poems and stories when I grew up, so I was happy to see this get the manga treatment. I think it was a good introduction and thought the art style was fitting. The choice of stories was good, and of course The Raven had to be included (there cannot be a book about Poe that doesn't include one of his best and most famous stories!).
I would recommend this title to fans of Edgar Allan Poe, those curious about him, and manga readers.
I really liked this graphic rendition of a classic story. I think that making classics into graphics are amazing idea anyway, so that they are accessible to a wider audience. It’s a really fun way to get classic stories, and can help bridge the gap or the hurdle the language that modern readers can find difficult in older books.
Anyway, I love this book and would recommend to others.
The artwork is beautiful in an eerie way, and it perfectly reinforces the creepiness of the stories. I especially like the Mask of the Red Death
This manga is a great way for novels' non readers to know about Poe's texts.
But as it is an adaptative manga from texts i am not really fond of. Some of them were really good (the first is really great!) but I did not really loved eah one of them...
I'm not sure how I feel about this book.
I am new to the manga genre and I am so glad this was my first to try. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me have an ARC to try out this great book. I have always been a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe, even as a little girl. The mystery and suspense were always so intriguing to me. This book added to my love for the stories. I had to get used to reading in a different way but once I got the hang of it I was hooked. Now I am able to see the stories in picture with some absolutely outstanding illustrations that added to how I enjoy these timeless stories. I hope to find more manga of classics to enjoy. I highly recommend this book to those looking for a new way to read or a new way to enjoy some classic literature.
I'm prejudiced when it comes to Edgar Allen Poe. As a child, I loved his stories so much that I used to tell them as conversation. In this graphic novel, the most famous stories are presented in a new format. The amazing thing is that the original language is kept intact in some instances, keeping the mood of the stories. Nobody did obsession, murder, disease, and revenge better than Poe, and this graphic novel adds illustrations that are gorgeous and keep the mood of the original stories.
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this
A fairly faithful adaptation featuring several different artists with appropriately scary artwork. A great way to introduce newer readers to Poe's works.
I've never read the Manga Classics series before, but I always enjoy a good Poe adaptation, so I jumped at the chance to check this out. I'll refrain from reviewing the stories themselves, since it's Poe, and you probably already know if you like his work or not. (But if you don't know, Fall of the House of Usher is always a strong recommend from me.)
This book is a collection of some of his most famous works (Telltale Heart, The Raven, Cask of Amontillado, Masque of Red Death, and Fall of the House of Usher), each illustrated by a different artist. Style varies across the board, although all of the pieces have been adapted very faithfully. Telltale Heart leans into heavy use of blacks, making the nighttime sequences feel very ominous. The Raven is appropriately dreamlike in nature, with some really cool angles in the layout. Cask of Amontillado's characters are highly expressive, especially as the story goes on. Masque of Red Death is probably what most people think of when you say "manga style," with more use of tones and delicate lines that fit right in with the decadent atmosphere of the story. Fall of the House of Usher has some heavy and sometimes messy inks that really nail the gothic feeling of the story, and remind me quite a bit of a lot of the novel->comic books I used to read as a kid. A handful of character design sketches and layout thumbnails are also included, which are always a treat for art fans.
Overall, this book feels like a really great introduction to some of Poe's most famous works, with very accessible and moody art across the board.
This was a wonderful collection of some of the most well-known stories by Edgar Allen Poe. Some of the stories I was familiar with and others I read for the first time. The stories were told in a way that kept the best parts but made them accessible. They definitely stayed true to the source material. I truly enjoyed reading them! Even abbreviated in this format, the essence of the stories is there. The same spooky tone is kept and really pulled me in! The art is beautiful! The way these were drawn really enhanced the reading experience. I truly adored the artwork. This is a great way to introduce people to the classics who haven’t read them and for fans to experience the stories in a whole new way. This is a great example of gothic fiction! I definitely recommend this!
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This manga gives justice to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, in the way that it contains the creepy and odd vibe of the stories.
It's a very nice way to introduce someone to the world of Edgar Allan Poe.
Very cool and would recommend!
I've been fond of Edgar Allan Poe's writing for a while, so it was interesting to see his works in this format. Manga Classics showcases some of his best known stories and I think it will leave readers engaged and intrigued throughout the panels.
That being said, it's was alright adaption. I wish it had more 'flair'.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher, for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts are my own and left voluntarily.
This illustrator did a wonderful job bringing Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to life. The drawings were perfect and exactly how i imagined the stories when i read them. i wish i had this book when i needed to read these for English class 😅.
As a fan of Edgar Allan Poe I thought this manga collection was a really cool way to bring Poe’s work to life and offer it to readers who may not read it in its traditionally form. The illustrations were chilling and haunting perfectly matching the stories.
A great rendition of the classic tales by Poe. The graphics are well done and the stories are easy to read and follows. This is a great book for teens and adults. A great way to introduce the classic tales of Poe!
Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.