Thursday, 25 February 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Tales of Death and Dementia - Edgar Allan Poe, Gris Grimly

A murderer driven to the edge by the sound of his victim's still-beating heart...A mental institution run by someone other than its staff...A mysterious box aboard a ship with a ghastly secret...And the hypnotist's stare that could, perhaps, paralyze even death...Strap into your straitjacket, fasten it tight, and brace yourself! For within these pages are stories of lost love, lost ways...and lost minds. Gris Grimly's mysterious, morbid, macabre illustrations capture four Poe classics, including perennial favourite, The Tell Tale Heart, with an unmatchable ghoulish charm. Read them if you dare ~ and celebrate, in true Poe style, the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great Master of the Macabre.

Horror stories for the young reader has always been something of a trick or treat offering, yet here in this beautifully illustrated offering is the chance for the reader to enjoy the stories of a true master of the macabre that allows them to enjoy some of the classics in a beautifully scripted manner. It’s a cracker of a thing to enjoy and whilst more a Halloween novel over a Christmas one, for the young goth in the making it’s a book that will become treasured reread and above all talked about with friends.

No comments: