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Preview: The House of Montressor TPB

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR TPB

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
132 pgs. / Rated. T / FC

Read Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic classic, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, and a new sequel, THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, collected together in this trade paperback!

Decades have passed since Lord Fortunato’s mysterious disappearance and Edana Fortunato is her family’s sole surviving heir. Before she inherits, Edana is summoned to the family estate to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for secrets still to be revealed, unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of revenge.

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Preview: The House of Montressor #4

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #4

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

In the thrilling conclusion of this Poe-inspired sequel, Edana now sees that every brick in the House of Montresor is set on a foundation of secrets, lies and murder. Count Montresor has finally put the last surviving member of the Fortunato clan right where he wants her. To escape her family’s fate, Edana must solve the mystery of why Montresor hates the Fortunato family, or else a carefully planned revenge fifty years in the making will finally be complete.

Depraved vengeance continues in The House of Montresor, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #3

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #3

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. Inheriting the money depends on Edana proving she is of sound mind, but even she doubts her sanity as the very walls of the house seem to be closing in. When Ingrid goes missing, Count Montresor reveals more sordid family secrets. Edana is about to learn there is more to fear than she ever dreamed.

Depraved vengeance continues in The House of Montresor, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #2

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #2

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families: clan Fortunato and the House of Montresor. The terms of the estate dictate she must live in her family’s house for a period of one month or else lose her claim to the Fortunato and Montresor lands. Edana has still to meet her guardian, the enigmatic Count Montresor, but malevolent stares from the shadows, and a whispered warning during a visit with her ailing grandmother, lead Edana to wonder if she wants any part of what The House of Montresor has in store.  Depraved vengeance continues in this new sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The House of Montressor #1

THE HOUSE OF MONTRESSOR #1

Writer(s): Enrica Jang, based on characters created by Edgar Allan Poe
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz
32 pgs. / Rated. T/ FC
$3.99 (reg)

Murder is only perfect when everyone knows you got away with it.  Edana Fortunato is the sole surviving heir of two great families whose fates have commingled. On the eve of her inheritance, Edana is summoned to the grand estate to meet the enigmatic Count Montresor. She embarks on the journey, unprepared for the secrets still to be revealed, and unaware that a killer has set the stage for one final act of vengeance upon the Fortunato family.  Revenge does not end in THE HOUSE OF MONTRESOR, a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic revenge tale, “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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Preview: The Cask of Amontillado

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Writer(s): Edgar Allan Poe and Enrica Jang
Artist Name(s): Jason Strutz
Cover Artist(s): Jason Strutz

32 pgs. / Rated. T / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” A new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tale of wine, friendship and betrayal. Includes an exciting first look at pages from the upcoming sequel to the Poe classic, The House of Montresor!

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Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1 and #2

1This review takes the Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher #1 and #2 into consideration as both an adaptation and an original work for those unfamiliar with Poe’s 1839 original short story of the same name, and the final rating and recommendation reflect my feelings on the comic as both adaptation and original.

Reading through Richard Corben’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher felt like a literary analysis of Poe’s story writ for the comic enthusiast; bye-bye to lectures on thematic and symbolic elements of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” hello to this wonderful comic worthy of its own interpretation and analysis and just plain pretty (in an eerie sort of way). Corben combines the plot for this comic with another of Poe’s works, “The Oval Portrait,” which is somewhat akin to Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray. In addition, the narrator in this comic is Mag the Hag, introduced in Corben’s adaptation of Poe’s poem “The Conqueror Worm” (comic has the same name) which came out last November (2012), and Corben features Poe himself, as ‘Allan,’ as Poe’s original unnamed narrator.

As an adaptation, Corben does a great job capturing Poe’s major themes: the creepy life-like quality of the House of Usher, Roderick Usher’s madness (though Corben’s Roderick is more psychopathic and less derranged than Poe’s man), and the incestuous relationship between Roderick and his sister Madeline. Corben took great liberties with their relationship, making Madeline a central figure to whom Allan becomes attached. Allan is quite talkative, not the quite, concerned narrator that he is in the original—this doesn’t detract from the story, but Corben’s script for Allan seems out of place with the 19th century setting.

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Corben’s unique twists to the story modernize it; I’m sure many reader’s would find Poe’s original somewhat bleak. But where Poe uses pages full of eloquent narration to express in literature the dense oppression of the atmosphere of the House of Usher and the hair-standing-on-your neck vibe, Corben instead has his masterful artwork to accomplish this task in an equally effective manner.  His style is well suited to this type of Gothic work, as he’s worked with Mike Mignola a number of times, and got his start submitting to Creepy and Eerie, among plenty of other successes.

Corben’s panel ecology in The Fall of the House of Usher is complex, with edges rumbly and mottled except where human characters are concerned, giving the whole book a feeling of being visually unsettled in the same way that Poe’s original story leaves the reader with a somber, heavily laden fog of depression milling about his narrator’s environment. The best example is the longshots of the House of Usher, the edges of which are so busy as to make the house seem—quite literally—alive, much as it has been suggested Poe meant, alive and overgrown with sentient fungus!

And the ‘death’ of the House of Usher is even more spectacular under the penmanship of Corben than in the original (though, admittedly, readers in 1839 probably hadn’t read too many stories in which a house crumbles when its owners die), where it almost seems a final anecdote which the read is left contemplating. Then again, forced reflection is sometimes the key to brilliant writing.

Creepy. That truly is the best way to describe Corben’s eerie adaptation on the whole, both story and art, all of it seeps through the pages and into the mind like an unforgettable horror story populated with too eccentric madmen and unnerving twists. And while the dialogue is at times awkward, at least for someone who greatly enjoyed the original, I would contend that Richard Corben’s Fall of the House of Usher will be remembered for some time, and if ever I get the chance to teach Poe, my students will surely also be reading this adaptation.

Story and Art: Richard Corben
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview – Tales of the Macabre

TALES OF THE MACABRE

Illustrated Prose Novel Hardcover
Retail Price:
$29.95 U.S.
Page Count: 224 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 7.75” x 10.825”, black and white with full-color illustrations
Ship Date: November 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-40-4
Diamond Code: AUG110810
Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe
Cover by Benjamin Lacombe
Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)

A unique luxury edition of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short stories, Tales of the Macabre takes the reader into the heart of a dozen stories such as The Fall of The House of Usher, Berenice, and The Black Cat…all beautifully illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe. This edition includes Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works.

Richard Corben Unearths Poe’s Conqueror Worm

Dark Horse’s continues to expand it’s with the announcement of comics legend Richard Corben’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem The Conqueror Worm.

In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm, a betrayed man hunts down his wife and her lover, only to stumble upon a gruesome puppet show based on his life. This series will be rotten to the core!

Corben will also be lending his talents to Dark Horse Presents, penning additional spine-tingling stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm is on sale November 21, 2012!

Horror Fans: Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe with Arcana!

VANCOUVER (April 20, 2012) – Horror fans, let’s celebrate Edgar Allan Poe together!

As you may know, next week, April 27th, The Raven premiers in theaters around the world. With the film comes a lot of attention to the beloved poet, Edgar Allan Poe, played by John Cusack in the film.

For fans of Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, we bring you Poe & Phillips, a macabre team-up of horrific proportions! Inspired by two of the darkest writers in history, Jaime Roman Collado has written a dark tale of Edgar Poe and Howard Phillips teamed up as investigators, trying to prevent the end of the world!

Below, you will see how you can order a copy of the book and a link, which will send you to the Arcana site and an extended preview from the book!

Comic shops can still order the book, too, so if you want a copy, take the ordering information to your local shop and tell them to order a copy for you!

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DIAMOND CODE: SEP100772 / ISBN: 978-1-897548-39-4
Inspired by the works of the two legendary writers, Edgar (Allan) Poe and Howard Phillips (Lovecraft), Poe & Phillips is a tribute to their gothic horror masterpieces. For the first time ever, the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft collide!

ARCANA SITE LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=188

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