Poe Visualized by Harry Clarke
From the 1919 deluxe edition of Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Harry Clarke reached deep into those dark, flinching corners underneath the bed and ripped out the grotesque horrors that lurked within, creating these macabre illustrations that accompanied Poe’s disturbing classics like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and the “The Telltale Heart” perfectly. In the same vein as Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark monstrosities decades later, these illustrations are sufficient evidence that while some stories can be even more frightening when left to your imagination, it takes a truly visceral artist to give those shadows form and really scare the bejeezus out of you.
Harry Clarke is fucking amazing. My step father owns an original copy of the 1919 Poe book these illuatrations are featured in. I used to sit there and carefully pour over those frightening, gorgeous, intricate drawings. Really, look him up.
oh man, I have new edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination and it’s stunning. I love it