Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secrets). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of 'the Plague'), a...

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Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe Reviews

  • Sad Sunday, Cursed by DNF

    Poe goes manga! Uno-dos-tres! Rumba!

    To tell the truth, I was never big fan of Poe and I guess I will never be. I tried The Red Masque Of Death and yawned almost all the way (it was a DNF. No surprise.). For me it lacked the impact, some hight notes and something truly gripping. So, if you are a Poe fan, explain why you love him so much, and I will try to understand. But I might end in a disaster, so proceed with your own risk.

    So, I was a little sceptical about Manga Classic ad

    Poe goes manga! Uno-dos-tres! Rumba!

    To tell the truth, I was never big fan of Poe and I guess I will never be. I tried The Red Masque Of Death and yawned almost all the way (it was a DNF. No surprise.). For me it lacked the impact, some hight notes and something truly gripping. So, if you are a Poe fan, explain why you love him so much, and I will try to understand. But I might end in a disaster, so proceed with your own risk.

    So, I was a little sceptical about Manga Classic adaptation of his stories. The first thing that drew my attention was B/W style and even if I wished to see more colour, black and white works well for Poe stories. It add just enough creepiness to the story to keep at the edge of your seat.

    Also, I could question the chosen manga style - for me Manga (Japan) and Poe (America) just don't seem to work, even thou it was drawn beutifully. And while Vampire Academy and The Witcher series comic took an unexpected turn and chosen different style and design, Manga Classic stays, well, quite classic. It says the manga was drawn with much consideration and research to Poe's stories, trying to keep them as close to his imagined world as possible, so fan will surely appreciate it.

  • Joana Bookneeders

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

    4.5 stars

    Once again, I never read the original book and to be honest I don't really know what to think of it. The manga is divided into 5 short stories. And some of them are really tiny! I have no idea how they are in the original classic but in this one, although some are a bit difficult to understand since th

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

    4.5 stars

    Once again, I never read the original book and to be honest I don't really know what to think of it. The manga is divided into 5 short stories. And some of them are really tiny! I have no idea how they are in the original classic but in this one, although some are a bit difficult to understand since there's not much of a context, they are fascinatingly terrifying!

    Also, I have to mention that all the short stories are drawn by a different artist, which I thought to be really interesting. Not only because we can see different styles but because it makes it easier to separate the stories...

    I will talk about them briefly in separate:

    The Tell-Tale Heart - This one was quite short and not the easiest to understand but it was just so dark and fascinating! I'm not sure I understood it at all because in manga format it's really a bit too tiny but it seems to be about guilt? Basically, it's about a guy that is trying to show that he is sane. In his brain, for him to commit such a calculated murder he has to be sane... The victim was an old man with a "vulture-eye" and he explains how everything happened. It's quite macabre.

    The Cask of Amontillado - Okay after reading this one, I think this manga is better enjoyed if you've read the original stories or if you at least have heard of them, otherwise it will probably get confusing. This one is basically about revenge. And if you are wondering, Amontillado is the name of a wine, that was used by Montresor to lure Fortunato to his end. It's quite a messed-up story and not the easiest to have the whole idea in manga... 

    The Raven - I really liked this one, it's the only one I fully knew before reading the manga and I'm impressed. It's amazing how they managed to still maintain the poem aspect! I was literally reading it as a poem. This seems to be about grief. The main character is suffering the loss of his love, Lenore. And the poem shows him falling into madness. I really love this poem and it was quite unique to see it in a manga format, this is for sure a first and I think it was really well done.

    The Masque of the Red Death - This one was scary and unsettling... I was holding my breath for the whole story even tho I was expecting the end due to the title... What an intense story! This one is about the plague and our main character is a prince. He is trying to escape the plague by staying in an abbey. He does an incredibly big party but... There are no boundaries for death... This is one of the tense ones in the book, it's incredible and for sure my favorite! 

    The Fall of the House Usher - This story is the weirdest of them all. Such an unsettling story! In this story, we have a character clearly suffering from some mental disease  (make it plural!) not yet discovered at the time. This one has a bit more of a dark setting (even darker than the last ones, if that's possible) and the art was perfectly paired with the story. I think it's the most different in the book and first I wasn't really sure about it but it really fits well. The story talks about two friends, one is the narrator and he tries to help his friend feeling better - although it seems to be quite impossible to do so and he starts to be scared himself. I think this one is best understood if you've read the original classic, although it has a lot of detail and story in the manga, it's quite a complex story.

    I actually enjoyed all the stories and the art. They are all really different from each other, the only thing in common being how dark they are. I surprisingly loved this manga and for sure I need to read more Edgar Allan Poe! Totally recommended if you are into dark or unsettling stories!

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    First off, I want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Synopsis: This book is based off the classic stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The book is a manga modernized version of the stories. The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe includes; The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher. This graphic novel is targeted for young adult and teenage readers.

    First off, I want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Synopsis: This book is based off the classic stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The book is a manga modernized version of the stories. The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe includes; The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher. This graphic novel is targeted for young adult and teenage readers. It has different artwork by different artist for each story.

    Review: I absolutely loved this manga! I know I usually post fiction reviews but I have to admit I like my manga too. My inner nerd was screaming out to me when it saw manga and Poe in one book. I felt like this book was the perfect modernized creation of Poe possible. The artwork was beautiful and the stories had me on the edge of my seat turning pages. Who knew Poe could be so much fun? I think this book is great for students, so they can learn the work of Poe without all that out of date language. Students and other young people will be able to get the same great feel and thrill that Poe gives us, it would just be delivered in an more modernized and artistic fashion.

  • Trina (aNovelReader)

    The artwork on the cover initially attracted me to my first Manga Classic, The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, but I was completely blown away by the detail in every illustration. The interpretation of each story was impressive. You can tell a lot of research went into this retelling. The book also adds little-known facts about Poe, his writing and his life, which is a nice touch. I look forward to reading more Manga Classics.

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole

    Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    Summary: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of the Plague ), and the most famou

    Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    Summary: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of the Plague ), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation."

     

    I loved this so much. I didn't expect it, actually. I mean, I always love these Manga Classics but I never thought I would actually be interested in these Edgar Allan Poe stories, I don't know why, cause I love getting to know these classics.

     

    They were so amazing. Seriously. I loved The Tell Tale Heart, didn't care much about The Cask of Amontillado, loved The Fall of the House of Usher. The Mask of the red Death, was okay, I liked it, didn't love it. The Raven. THE RAVEN. Loved this one so so SO much. My favorite out of all these stories.

     

    Also, can I once again say how insanely gorgeous the art in these Mangas are. Bloody hell.

  • Kirsty

    A different choice for me. Poe's works are so widely known and have been re-published or turned into TV/film so many times I know many of the stories without actually having read more than maybe 2 of them. And while I've read some graphic novels I've never tried Manga so lots of new experiences all round. 

    Not sure what to expect with Manga but with this graphic novel it seemed to be exactly the same but you start at the back and work forward. That was a bit weird at first but reading it from the

    A different choice for me. Poe's works are so widely known and have been re-published or turned into TV/film so many times I know many of the stories without actually having read more than maybe 2 of them. And while I've read some graphic novels I've never tried Manga so lots of new experiences all round. 

    Not sure what to expect with Manga but with this graphic novel it seemed to be exactly the same but you start at the back and work forward. That was a bit weird at first but reading it from the laptop it soon became easy to scroll up not down and I enjoyed the layout, the art work is fantastic and I would happily seek out more of this style and also the author. 

    It's also for a Poe novice an excellent introduction to the man's work. The manga style keeps the stories short and to the point. Really enjoyed this on both counts and will happily look up more

    Free arc from netgalley

  • Devann

    Really the only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5 for me is because I haaate the Fall of the House of Usher. I get that it's one of Poe's famous works and I totally understand the decision to include it in this volume but it's just so much longer than the other stories and I feel like there's a ton of unnecessary rambling in it that makes my eyes glaze over. I would have rather seen the Pit and the Pendulum but

    Really the only reason this got 4 stars instead of 5 for me is because I haaate the Fall of the House of Usher. I get that it's one of Poe's famous works and I totally understand the decision to include it in this volume but it's just so much longer than the other stories and I feel like there's a ton of unnecessary rambling in it that makes my eyes glaze over. I would have rather seen the Pit and the Pendulum but that's just my personal preference. Other than that I really enjoyed this. The art was great and I love reading graphic novel adaptations of Poe's works. The stories themselves are so descriptive and it's always interesting to see an artist interpret that and bring it to life. Also it's been awhile since I read the originals but it seems like most of the text has been faithfully reproduced so that's always good.

  • Taylor Wilson

    This Manga Classic in particular was awesome. Poe’s stories are already dark and haunting without pictures to help you get an idea of what’s going on but, with the pictures the stories are even better. My favorite story of Poe’s has always been the Tell-Tale Heart and this book made it more haunting. Being able to actually the characters and their actions along with the writing makes the stories easier to understand and imagine.

    I think the idea of Manga Classics is genius. Turning classics such

    This Manga Classic in particular was awesome. Poe’s stories are already dark and haunting without pictures to help you get an idea of what’s going on but, with the pictures the stories are even better. My favorite story of Poe’s has always been the Tell-Tale Heart and this book made it more haunting. Being able to actually the characters and their actions along with the writing makes the stories easier to understand and imagine.

    I think the idea of Manga Classics is genius. Turning classics such as Tom Sawyer, Great Expectations, and Poe’s Stories into manga brings them to a whole new level. People who have never even read the originals can now pick up these manga books and get an idea of what they’re about. I have two of the Manga Classics books so far and I liked them both. I would recommend this book to any Poe fan and other Manga Classics to any manga lover or someone who loves the classics.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.

  • Melanie

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    4.5 stars

    I saw that Stormi at Books, Movies and Review Oh my! got an Edgar Allan Poe manga for review from NetGalley, I decided I had to have it. I love Edgar Allan Poe and I thought the idea of reading his stories with illustrations would be fun. I was very excited that approved to review it. This is my first manga and my first digital comic. It took me a little bit to figure out the reading order (this book does include instructions on how to read a ma

    Review originally posted at

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    4.5 stars

    I saw that Stormi at Books, Movies and Review Oh my! got an Edgar Allan Poe manga for review from NetGalley, I decided I had to have it. I love Edgar Allan Poe and I thought the idea of reading his stories with illustrations would be fun. I was very excited that approved to review it. This is my first manga and my first digital comic. It took me a little bit to figure out the reading order (this book does include instructions on how to read a manga, back to front and right to left).

    This manga contains five of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe stories, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Mask of the Red Death, The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher. These are great short stories and one poem. I’m not going to go into the stories. They are Poe. You either know his work or you don’t. He writes some really creepy stories. I think these stories are perfect for a newbie into Poe, as it is some of his best work. I also liked how the manga also included some pages that gave history into Poe and some of his stories.

    What I really want to focus on is the artwork. I think the artist at Manga Classics did an amazing job with the artwork in this book. It is as creepy as the stories. I think they really brought out the horror and madness of the characters. There is also artwork that isn’t as creepy, because the story didn’t call for creepy in some pictures. They did exactly what the scene required.

    I highly recommend checking out Manga Classic‘s books. They have some other great works including

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    Here’s a small sample of the artwork that you will see.

    **Book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway.

  • Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog:

    I am typically not a fan of Manga books, but I was intrigued to read it in comparison to Gareth Hinds’s adaptation of Poe’s work, with both works coming out within months of each other.

    The Tell-Tale Heart (art by Virginia Nitouhei)- The first story was challenging for me, as I felt the unnamed narrator was too perfect looking (aka Manga-like). But once I got past that, the illustrations told the story very effectiv

    This review can also be found on my blog:

    I am typically not a fan of Manga books, but I was intrigued to read it in comparison to Gareth Hinds’s adaptation of Poe’s work, with both works coming out within months of each other.

    The Tell-Tale Heart (art by Virginia Nitouhei)- The first story was challenging for me, as I felt the unnamed narrator was too perfect looking (aka Manga-like). But once I got past that, the illustrations told the story very effectively.

    The Cask of Amontillado (art by Chagen)- The background of the festival where they two men meet and later the catacombs they enter were well drawn and really gave it a sense of atmosphere. The last page was chilling.

    The Raven (art by Pikomaro)- The art work in this story is gorgeous. The visions that the narrator has of his lost Lenore were heartbreaking and the last page of the raven with the grieving man was perfect.

    The Masque of the Red Death (art by Uka Nagao)- This ended up being my least favorite, for the story’s very essence centers around the colors of the rooms and what they represent. The lack of color affected the interpretation and it fell flat.

    The Fall of the House of Usher (art by Linus Liu & Man Yiu)- I have never been a fan of this story, but the illustrated version of the story elevated it to me. The crumbling estate is aptly drawn and the madness of twins Roderick and Madeline is evident. The sense of impending doom and Gothic despair shine through.

    This adaptation is the latest in a series of Manga classics, and I would recommend it if you enjoy Manga and already own previous classics from this collection. I would hope that readers would look at Poe’s additional works, if they enjoyed this strong version of five of his short-stories. I received the online book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and the timing worked out well for me to compare both excellent adaptations of the premier horror writer’s work.


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