Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tales of the Macabre - Review

Thanks to Netgalley we all have the opportunity to read some excellent books.
Today I have the honor to review one of those book that all book lovers should have.

by Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire (contributor), Benjamin Lacombe (Illustrator).


A luxurious edition of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best works, lavishly illustrated with macabre style by Benjamin Lacombe. From The Black Cat and the Tell Tale Heart to The Fall of the House of Usher, along with Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works.

Published by Archaia Entertainment.

(I received a review e-copy from the publisher via Netgalley).


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is hard to rate a classic. And when the author is Edgar Allan Poe there is not much you can say that hasn't been told. Tales of the Macabre gathers some of the best tales by Poe and creates a wonderful world with the help of the illustrations of Benjamin Lacombe.

There are many reasons why Edgar Allan Poe is considered a classic of literature, a master in his area. And these tales show us why he keeps alive nowadays. With stories like Berenice, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat or Morella, his words have the power of give us chills and keep us awake at night.

And the best part is that this edition combines Poe’s stories with the work of Benjamin Lacombe.
Benjamin deserves the greatest round of applause because he has the ability to capture Poe essence and create the most wonderful illustrations. You can feel and see Poe’s influence in his creations and it is impossible not to stay lookin at each piece more than a minute by how perfect each one is. The drawings will catch you and will immerse you in a dark and scary world.

To create a more complete work, this edition has Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works. An essay that will help you understand more about what lay behind some of Poe’s characters and is also a opportunity to get to known him.

If you want the complete list of the tales included in this edition here it is:
  1. Berenice
  2. The Black Cat
  3. The Island of the Fay
  4. The tell-tale heart
  5. The Fall of the House of Usher
  6. The Oval Portrait
  7. Morella
  8. Ligeia


  1. My daughter and I love Poe and she would adore this special edition, thanks for helping with my holiday shopping :)

  2. Omg, Poe. I read one of his compiled works. His writing is so brilliant, that even though I only read the book once and over a decade ago, the scenario he has helpfully described for me to visualize has stayed long after I put down the book. Kudos, E.A.P!

    Happy 2014 ahead, Ruty!! :)


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