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What scares you? Serial killers? Vampires? Earthquakes? Extreme sports? The dentist? Horror-comics legend Richard Corben (Creepy, Eerie) and longtime collaborator Rich Margopoulos leave no gravestone unturned as they offer up wicked spins on the classic poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Each adaptation is hauntingly rendered in black and white with gray tones as only Corben can do What scares you? Serial killers? Vampires? Earthquakes? Extreme sports? The dentist? Horror-comics legend Richard Corben (Creepy, Eerie) and longtime collaborator Rich Margopoulos leave no gravestone unturned as they offer up wicked spins on the classic poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Each adaptation is hauntingly rendered in black and white with gray tones as only Corben can do it - along with the full text of Poe's poem for comparison. Collects Haunt of Horror #1-3 and extras.


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What scares you? Serial killers? Vampires? Earthquakes? Extreme sports? The dentist? Horror-comics legend Richard Corben (Creepy, Eerie) and longtime collaborator Rich Margopoulos leave no gravestone unturned as they offer up wicked spins on the classic poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Each adaptation is hauntingly rendered in black and white with gray tones as only Corben can do What scares you? Serial killers? Vampires? Earthquakes? Extreme sports? The dentist? Horror-comics legend Richard Corben (Creepy, Eerie) and longtime collaborator Rich Margopoulos leave no gravestone unturned as they offer up wicked spins on the classic poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Each adaptation is hauntingly rendered in black and white with gray tones as only Corben can do it - along with the full text of Poe's poem for comparison. Collects Haunt of Horror #1-3 and extras.

30 review for Haunt Of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    Good effort I'd say...it was good to read. Though they were not exactly the kind of think we will say adaptation but rather inspiration and it was fine job done

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo

    La literatura de terror y las historietas han compartido el desprecio de la crítica literaria seria (ya sea la que estudia a los clásicos o la que se desvive por cualquier cosa que se presente como vanguardista). Aunque, esta situación ha ido cambiando y actualmente se reconocen los logros artísticos y culturales de ambos géneros, afortunadamente esto no le ha arrancado a ambos géneros su condición de "literatura pop". Así es que las magistrales adaptaciones de las obras de dos grandes del terro La literatura de terror y las historietas han compartido el desprecio de la crítica literaria seria (ya sea la que estudia a los clásicos o la que se desvive por cualquier cosa que se presente como vanguardista). Aunque, esta situación ha ido cambiando y actualmente se reconocen los logros artísticos y culturales de ambos géneros, afortunadamente esto no le ha arrancado a ambos géneros su condición de "literatura pop". Así es que las magistrales adaptaciones de las obras de dos grandes del terror, Poe y Lovecraft,a manos de un grande de los cómics, Corben, resulta un encuentro, en su mayor parte, afortunado. Curiosamente, los textos mejor logrados son las adaptaciones de los poemas de ambos escritores. Corben convierte los poemas en narrativas visuales de gran fuerza y plasticidad. Menos afortunadas resultan algunas de las adaptaciones de los cuentos, en particular en el caso de las obras de Lovecraft (pero, hay que admitir que la mayoría de las adaptaciones visuales de Lovecraft difícilmente consiguen ser convincentes, particularmente en el cine), pero no dejan de ser entretenidas y visualmente logradas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    Like any collection, this has its ups and downs. The source material, Poe and Lovecraft, is excellent, and it's nice to see an artist of Richard Corben's calibre taking it on. I find, far too often, that, especially in Lovecraft's case, the artists that tackle his stuff aren't very good. That's not the case here. Corben's excellent. I've loved him ever since the very first Bat Out Of Hell album cover for Meat Loaf. There were definitely some liberties taken with the source material, especially in Like any collection, this has its ups and downs. The source material, Poe and Lovecraft, is excellent, and it's nice to see an artist of Richard Corben's calibre taking it on. I find, far too often, that, especially in Lovecraft's case, the artists that tackle his stuff aren't very good. That's not the case here. Corben's excellent. I've loved him ever since the very first Bat Out Of Hell album cover for Meat Loaf. There were definitely some liberties taken with the source material, especially in Poe's case, where some stories were updated to present day. However, I think it was a nice touch that they always reprinted the original source text immediately afterward. What I would have preferred, especially in the Lovecraft stories, was to take the story and, instead of condensing it into 3-5 pages, build it out and give each story the room it needed to breathe. Much of the strength of Poe and Lovecraft is the buildup of atmosphere and dread and, unfortunately, none of the stories were given that space, and some definitely suffered for it. Still, all in all, an interesting and fun collection.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Đorđe Bajić

    Korben je, uz pomoć Riča Margopulosa, Poovu poemu "Gavran" uspešno adaptirao za "Creepy". Verzija za "Leglo strave" je znatno slabija – ne samo crtački, već i scenaristički (ovo se posebno odnosi na jeftini preokret na kraju koji ne postoji kod Poa). "Usnula" je istinski jezovita vampirska nadogradnja istoimene Poove pesme (sa primesama Kingovog "Salemova"), dok je strip verzija "Crva pobenika" krajnje bizarna naučnofantastična estravaganca (glavna junakinja Korbenove verzije, namerno ili slučaj Korben je, uz pomoć Riča Margopulosa, Poovu poemu "Gavran" uspešno adaptirao za "Creepy". Verzija za "Leglo strave" je znatno slabija – ne samo crtački, već i scenaristički (ovo se posebno odnosi na jeftini preokret na kraju koji ne postoji kod Poa). "Usnula" je istinski jezovita vampirska nadogradnja istoimene Poove pesme (sa primesama Kingovog "Salemova"), dok je strip verzija "Crva pobenika" krajnje bizarna naučnofantastična estravaganca (glavna junakinja Korbenove verzije, namerno ili slučajno, podseća na Sigorni Viver iz vremena prvog "Osmog putnika"). Klasično "Izdajničko srce" je dobilo nenadahnutu ali vernu adaptaciju, dok su "Duhovi mrtvih" obogaćeni snažnom antirasističkom porukom. "Eulalija", "Izrafel" i "Najsrećniji" dan su najslabiji segmenti i nemaju puno veze sa Poom. Atmosferično "Jezero" (još jedna saradnja sa Ričom Margopulosom) pun je pogodak, dok poslednji segment, "Berenisa", prilično zaostaje za efektnim originalom. Još: http://citymagazine.rs/clanak/prikaz-...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Val Sarmiento

    ¿Se supone que esto tenía que dar miedo? Yo amo a Poe, y todo lo que este hombre escibe me parece fascinante, y la idea de llevar sus poemas y relatos al cómic me encanta, la idea central de toda está novela grafica en sí es muy buena. Ya he visto en varias ocasiones cómo se adaptan poemas al cómic, donde ocurre una historia paralela relacionanda con las palabras del poeta, y es una ¿tecnica? ¿figura literaria? (en fin) que me encanta un montón. Pero el gran problema con esste cómic son las ilust ¿Se supone que esto tenía que dar miedo? Yo amo a Poe, y todo lo que este hombre escibe me parece fascinante, y la idea de llevar sus poemas y relatos al cómic me encanta, la idea central de toda está novela grafica en sí es muy buena. Ya he visto en varias ocasiones cómo se adaptan poemas al cómic, donde ocurre una historia paralela relacionanda con las palabras del poeta, y es una ¿tecnica? ¿figura literaria? (en fin) que me encanta un montón. Pero el gran problema con esste cómic son las ilustraciones que son tan horribles que me hicieron indigeribles todas las historias aquí narradas, son feas hasta decir basta, y el entintado solo las hacía más insufribles, el abuso de los tonos negros hacía que todo ocurriera en un montón de sombras y cuando se lograba ver más allá de tanto negro te topabas con las feas ilustraciones. Para ser sincera leí las primeras historias, y luego me salte hasta las partes donde estaban los poemas, que era realmente lo único que me interesaba. Dos estrellas pues... porque es Poe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Noemi Seek

    Si bien no soy fan del tipo de ilustración con el que se realizaron las historietas me encantó la colección de cuentos y la manera, a mí gusto, en que se transformaron los poemas y cuentos de ambos autores. Un recomendable para la biblioteca de cualquier fan de la literatura de terror.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Huey

    I'm a big fan of Richard Corben, so I did enjoy this. But I'd say that some of the stories worked for me and some didn't. The stories are basically re-imaginings of Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems. Most of them are kind of goofy, to be honest, but they've got great Corben artwork.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ihor Kolesnyk

    Мало, але класне. Графіка крута.

  9. 4 out of 5

    orunavo

    Loved the graphic adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpieces.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    Perhaps my three star review is harsher because I came with impossibly high hopes. A collection of Poe and Lovecraft with art by a famed Eerie and Creepy artist? Could there be anything that would be better? Corben is an artist that, like Wrightson who I reviewed earlier, kept a tradition of horror art alive. Poe and Lovecraft are, arguably, the best known of the horror genre of their time, creating and redefining the field. So, what went wrong for me? The work seemed to alter the classics. Corb Perhaps my three star review is harsher because I came with impossibly high hopes. A collection of Poe and Lovecraft with art by a famed Eerie and Creepy artist? Could there be anything that would be better? Corben is an artist that, like Wrightson who I reviewed earlier, kept a tradition of horror art alive. Poe and Lovecraft are, arguably, the best known of the horror genre of their time, creating and redefining the field. So, what went wrong for me? The work seemed to alter the classics. Corben's art has voice and passion in it, but the slight changes to Poe's work and Lovecraft's structures are present and troublesome. For instance, the slight change to the end of The Tell-Tale Heart adds nothing new to the tale and create a rather problematic change for me as a reader. To the lasting value of the book, each visual telling is followed by the individual author's original text and of course, Corben's art adds immeasurable value, but for the diehard Poe or Lovecraft enthusiast, the alterations may detract and the work may seem less than it should be. Still, stunning visuals abound. This is one for the art, not the attempted retread or reimagining of Poe and Lovecraft. I would recommend it to fans, but be aware of its limitation - it does not shine as bright as what Corben's deserves or what Poe and Lovecraft can produce.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dlotempio

    Richard Corben has created a little cottage industry of Edgar Allen Poe Adaptations. He's been illustrating Poe stories since the 70s, and no one other illustrator tackles the job quite like Richard Corben. This collection of adaptations is remarkable in two ways. 1) Corben the artist is a unique artist at the top of his game. His idiosyncratic style has mastered lighting and renders everything - people, buildings, trees - in a tactile, squishy manner. Everything feels alive, which suits Poe well Richard Corben has created a little cottage industry of Edgar Allen Poe Adaptations. He's been illustrating Poe stories since the 70s, and no one other illustrator tackles the job quite like Richard Corben. This collection of adaptations is remarkable in two ways. 1) Corben the artist is a unique artist at the top of his game. His idiosyncratic style has mastered lighting and renders everything - people, buildings, trees - in a tactile, squishy manner. Everything feels alive, which suits Poe well since buildings and the dead are often "alive" in his stories. 2) Corben is fearless as an adaptor. All of these stories - with the slight exception of the Raven - take a nugget from the original story or poem and spin it into something different. The Conqueror Worm becomes a post-apocalyptic survival drama, for instance. I was disappointed in the brevity of the volume though. It's like a tease. I wanted some of the stories to continue. I wanted more stories in general. Also a dedicated fan of Edgar Allen Poe, or someone looking for a quick way to read Poe's stories, may be disquieted by these adaptations. They are faithful to the spirit of the text but UNFAITHFUL to the actual letters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fugo Feedback

    Mi política es, siempre que sea posible, leerme las obras originales antes que las adaptaciones. Y en este caso, tenía leída la mayoría de las obras de Poe que adapta Corben, y de todos modos vienen como bonus al final de cada historia (debería ser antes, pero bueh), así que me largué a leerlo de una. Y me encontré con varias sorpresas, tanto buenas como malas. Empecemos con las malas: Corben no sabe dibujar en perspectiva, ni es bueno definiendo la edad o la supuesta belleza o fealdad de los pe Mi política es, siempre que sea posible, leerme las obras originales antes que las adaptaciones. Y en este caso, tenía leída la mayoría de las obras de Poe que adapta Corben, y de todos modos vienen como bonus al final de cada historia (debería ser antes, pero bueh), así que me largué a leerlo de una. Y me encontré con varias sorpresas, tanto buenas como malas. Empecemos con las malas: Corben no sabe dibujar en perspectiva, ni es bueno definiendo la edad o la supuesta belleza o fealdad de los personajes, y algunas adaptaciones se pasan de fumadas, al punto de volver las historias difíciles de entender y, sobre todo, de disfrutar. Pero también tengamos en cuenta las buenas: a la hora de construir ambientes Corben es muy bueno, la mayoría de los relatos adaptados son muy buenos, y la particular visión y/o vuelta de tuerca que le dan los adaptadores a las piruetas de Poe son muy buenas, como el sorprendente final de El Cuervo. Ahora queda por ver si me leeré las adaptaciones de los cuentos de Lovecraft. Supongo que si también incluyen los relatos originales para poder compararlos, caen seguro.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    I really enjoyed the Lovecraft version of this that I read awhile back, but somehow Poe doesn't seem to benefit as much from the same treatment. Like with the Lovecraft one, they seem to be trying for at least a few less-often-adapted works, but some of them don't seem to have enough meat on the bone for the presentation. Here and there there's some really effective stuff. Richard Corben's evocation of the narrator's obsession with Berenice's teeth in "Berenice" is pretty great, but for the most I really enjoyed the Lovecraft version of this that I read awhile back, but somehow Poe doesn't seem to benefit as much from the same treatment. Like with the Lovecraft one, they seem to be trying for at least a few less-often-adapted works, but some of them don't seem to have enough meat on the bone for the presentation. Here and there there's some really effective stuff. Richard Corben's evocation of the narrator's obsession with Berenice's teeth in "Berenice" is pretty great, but for the most part I didn't care for it nearly as much. It gets an extra star because the presentation of the comic story followed by the original text is still brilliant, and the whole package is still pretty striking.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sergio

    The material on which this book is based is excellent, of that their is no question. The drawings are also fantastic. Richard Corben brings people to life and his imagination for the supernatural elements is terrific. The book is divided into two parts, the first one based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The problem for me was that I'm not a very good reader of poetry, so I didn't enjoy it very much. Sometimes I struggled to connect the imagery with the original text. On the other hand, when The material on which this book is based is excellent, of that their is no question. The drawings are also fantastic. Richard Corben brings people to life and his imagination for the supernatural elements is terrific. The book is divided into two parts, the first one based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The problem for me was that I'm not a very good reader of poetry, so I didn't enjoy it very much. Sometimes I struggled to connect the imagery with the original text. On the other hand, when I got to the H.P. Lovecraft section, I didn't have such a hard time understanding the nuances of the text, which made the reading much more enjoyable. One thing that stood out is the inclusion of the original works by Poe and Lovecraft, which made for a much richer experience, especially for those not familiar with all the works from these authors. In general, a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    M.P. Johnson

    Amazing Corben Art, But Weak Adaptations With consistently astounding black and white Richard Corben art, this book is really nice to look at. It's a mixed bag to read though. Digging into some of the adaptations, I wondered if they had even bothered to read the source material or if they were going on vague memories. I'm fine with liberties being taken, and the stories in this book that work best for me in which the authors went way outside the box, like the adaptation of Poe's "Eulalie." Some o Amazing Corben Art, But Weak Adaptations With consistently astounding black and white Richard Corben art, this book is really nice to look at. It's a mixed bag to read though. Digging into some of the adaptations, I wondered if they had even bothered to read the source material or if they were going on vague memories. I'm fine with liberties being taken, and the stories in this book that work best for me in which the authors went way outside the box, like the adaptation of Poe's "Eulalie." Some of the liberties taken were just nonsensical though. I still don't get what was going on with this version of "The Raven." Some of the problems seem to be the result of brevity. It's all very frustrating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Got this $30 book used for $15 at Bookman's and then saw it for $10 at another Bookman's used books store. Bought it for the Corben art mainly. I like that the stories are adapted from Poe and Lovecraft, but I wasn't wild about the price tag nor the text part. You see, the publisher includes the text pieces of every short story or poem after it is first adapted in a comic book style. If that raised the cost of the book then I wish they hadn't done that as I already own prose books by Poe and Lov Got this $30 book used for $15 at Bookman's and then saw it for $10 at another Bookman's used books store. Bought it for the Corben art mainly. I like that the stories are adapted from Poe and Lovecraft, but I wasn't wild about the price tag nor the text part. You see, the publisher includes the text pieces of every short story or poem after it is first adapted in a comic book style. If that raised the cost of the book then I wish they hadn't done that as I already own prose books by Poe and Lovecraft. I get why they did it, but if I want text then I'll read the text. Besides, the comic stories take certain liberties and modernize the poems anyway. In fact, there's one tale about black ghetto violence on the street, which obviously has nothing to do with the original author's work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I would recommend this book mostly on the power of Richard Corben's art. The creative license involved in adapting Poe's and Lovecraft's stories is a bit hit-or-miss. Also, the artist does not always pull off the narrative in a cohesive fashion in several of the stories. You can't just have characters popping in and out of short stories with no explanation as to who they are. It throws off the whole story. Hopefully more of the stuff that Corben drew in Heavy Metal and other similar magazines wi I would recommend this book mostly on the power of Richard Corben's art. The creative license involved in adapting Poe's and Lovecraft's stories is a bit hit-or-miss. Also, the artist does not always pull off the narrative in a cohesive fashion in several of the stories. You can't just have characters popping in and out of short stories with no explanation as to who they are. It throws off the whole story. Hopefully more of the stuff that Corben drew in Heavy Metal and other similar magazines will one day make it into graphic novel form. Then I would not be picking up this mediocre Marvel junk.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This collection of comics based on Poe's work is hit and miss. Some of the stories were good, some weren't. All were at least loosely, and I mean LOOSELY, associated with some poem or short story of Poe's. Honestly, the attribution to Poe in at least half of the stories is tenuous at best, and I think they would operate better as stand alone stories, rather than cramming lines of Poe's poetry in with them. At times, the stories work. Other times, the writing of the dialogue cannot come close to This collection of comics based on Poe's work is hit and miss. Some of the stories were good, some weren't. All were at least loosely, and I mean LOOSELY, associated with some poem or short story of Poe's. Honestly, the attribution to Poe in at least half of the stories is tenuous at best, and I think they would operate better as stand alone stories, rather than cramming lines of Poe's poetry in with them. At times, the stories work. Other times, the writing of the dialogue cannot come close to matching the level of Poe's writing. That's no surprise really, but the effect can be jarring. There is just too many years and too much talent wedged in the divide between the two writers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephan

    I really, really wanted to rate this book higher. I like the works of Poe and I love most of Lovecrafts, but this here never really got to me. The art is pretty nice and often fitting the stories. But the interpretations of the stories are very hit or miss, mostly misses unfortunately. I wouldn't call it bad. It's just that Corbens interpretations of the stories don't fit with my own and so it feels as if he takes too much liberty as an artist. In the end: Nice and fitting art Some pretty good storie I really, really wanted to rate this book higher. I like the works of Poe and I love most of Lovecrafts, but this here never really got to me. The art is pretty nice and often fitting the stories. But the interpretations of the stories are very hit or miss, mostly misses unfortunately. I wouldn't call it bad. It's just that Corbens interpretations of the stories don't fit with my own and so it feels as if he takes too much liberty as an artist. In the end: Nice and fitting art Some pretty good stories Not really my style

  20. 4 out of 5

    Javier Jiménez

    Los dibujos de Corben me encantan, sin embargo siento que este no es de sus mejores trabajos. En cuanto a las historias, me sorprende que la mayoría estén basadas en poemas que en realidad no brindan suficiente material para una historia, por lo cual algunas parecen muy rebuscadas e incluso cuando se comparan con el texto original de Poe no tienen mucho que ver. Me hubiera gustado más que se basaran en otros relatos como "William Wilson" o "La fosa y el péndulo".

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I love Poe so I should have loved these adaptations. The artwork is beautiful, but most of the stories have a tenuous link to the original Poe poems and shorts, at best. You might be better served reading the old Warren magazines or EC Comics if you want to see it done better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Great Grey-Tone Richard Corben art. The story adaptations are a little groan-worthy, but at least they actually supply the original story or poem for the reader to re-read at the end end of each adaptation. Nice hardcover edition too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

    This is a graphic interpretation of many of Poe's famous stories . Until some cases, they used his actual text . In others, they based it on his ideas. In all cases, they included the original story afterwards so you can see the source material .

  24. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Giovine

    Una extraña serie de adaptaciones a cómic que recopila bastantes obras importantes de Poe, algunas de forma sublime, otras como trabajos que solo cumplen, pero fuera de ello un trabajo bastante entretenido y sencillo que puede disfrutarse por sí mismo. Recomendado.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Werner

    it's very interesting to see Poe in a new and very different interpretation. I think each story could of incorporated more, especially "Berenice" as a lot was missed out. by far "the raven" is the most powerful adaptation. really enjoyed the read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cydnie

    This really quite sucked. Most of the artwork was quite awful. I hated the way they interpreted Poe's works. It was just plain stupid, and weird. They didn't even do "The Fall of House Usher" which would have made a really good graphic story. I was really disappointed by this graphic novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Interesting interpretation of Poe tales. Lots of pretty art, some not so much. Good to read for any Poe fan!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read most of Poe works in hs. Berenice was scary those damn teeth! I thought this was going to be more about the stories the adaptations was cool but could had been better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    D.

    Amazing art, and decent, but not great stories based on Poe and Lovecraft.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    Great art plus some great stories. A few of the tales fail, though.

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