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Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness

Illustrated by Gris Grimly

About The Book

A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder....

The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red....

A dwarf seeks his final revenge on his captors....

A sister calls to her beloved twin from beyond the grave....

Prepare yourself. You are about to enter a world where you will be shocked, terrified, and, though you'll be too scared to admit it at first, secretly thrilled. Here are four tales -- The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher -- by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered -- but, of course, Poe understood dismemberment very well. And he would shriek in ghoulish delight at Gris Grimly's gruesomely delectable illustrations that adorn every page. So prepare yourself. And keep the lights on.

About The Author

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, and critic.  Best known for his macabre prose work, including the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his writing has influenced literature in the United States and around the world.

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

Gris Grimly lives in Pasadena, California, where he runs the Mad Creator Studio. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He also wrote and illustrated Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes. You can learn more about him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2011)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442441019
  • Grades: 6 and up
  • Ages: 11 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

Roger Corman Filmmaker, The Little Shop of Horrors The macabre beauty and sly wit of Gris Grimly's illustrated edition of some of Poe's best-loved tales are destined to capture the imagination of a generation new to the master of terror, as well as delight longtime admirers of Poe, who will find much to relish in this haunting interpretation.

Bernie Wrightson horror legend [Gris Grimly] captures the spirit of Poe in a fresh and classic way. Poe never looked so good.

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred Junior Title
  • Southern California Literature Council Book Award

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