Review: Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds by Gareth Hinds

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Advance copy received from NetGalley*

Hinds’s graphic adaptation takes some of Poe’s most well-known stories and poems and couples them with dramatic and wonderful illustrations. Exploring some of the possibilities of interpretation in regards to narrator and setting, Hinds helps bring Poe’s work to life in stunning visuals. Poe is a master – his language beautiful and chilling – and Hinds is able to accentuate Poe’s words in a way that complements the text.

There is a little something lost in the shorter versions of some of these stories, but there is also a lot gained in the visuals – making the graphic format a unique and interesting way to experience Poe’s work. The opening illustrations of “The Pit and the Pendulum” in particular – depicting a man alone in pitch blackness – are astounding.

The collection is further made accessible (particularly to those less familiar with Poe) through the inclusion of editorial notes, footnotes, and thematic markers. This collection is perfectly suited for long-time fans of Poe and for those who may be directly encountering his work for the first time. Poe’s work is richly infused with themes of fear, loss, love, despair, and beauty – and I’m always delighted to find a new way to experience his work. Hinds provides that. I just wish the collection was longer; I would have been happy to keep reading beyond the seven works included here.

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