Publisher: Flatiron Books
Published: September 10th, 2019
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, retelling
My Rating: 5 Stars
Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.
Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.
I love Edgar Allan Poe’s work. I know I’m not alone here, I haven’t really met anyone who isn’t a fan of one of his works. I vividly remember seeing a cartoon version of The Raven when I was a kid and truly loving how dark and creepy it was. Edgar Allan Poe is special for a million different reasons. His work is timeless, he invented the kind detective stories we love today. He died is probably the weirdest way imaginable, which I’m quite sure involved time travel, but definitely involved voter fraud. (I highly recommend looking into it, it’s a very strange and very cool rabbit hole.)
What I loved most about these retellings, is they brought forward just how timeless Poe stories are. In Lamar Giles story based on “The Oval Portrait,” the story centers around Instagram instead of an actual hang on the wall oil painting, Rin Chupeco take on “The Murders in the Rue Morge” takes place in the trans community in the Philippines. Tessa Gratton’s “Annabel Lee” is about a young lesbian couple. Fran Wilde’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is about hackers. What I’m saying is, these amazing authors took some of the most recognizable and beautiful writing of all time and updated them into something (although still clearly inspired by Poe) and made it into something different and beautiful in its own way.
I deeply enjoyed all of these short stories and got an extra surprise, because I was listening to the audio, when I got to listen to the incredible voice actors read the original works as well. I listened to the second half of this book over the last few days of October, and nothing is as cool as listening to someone read The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart to you on your drive to work on Halloween.
This book was a great Halloween treat, but if you love Edgar Allan Poe, you know there is no bad time to read this work so even though this was definitely a spooOooky Halloween book, I suggest you read it. Or get it now and save it until next October. It’s worth your time.
The authors included in the collection are: Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”)
Until next time Internet,