The Art of the Macabre -- Illustrations of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination

I have a dark streak. No surprise to readers who have picked up one of my books or even more so in my short stories. As an avid reader of Poe's work, illustrations by Harry Clarke in Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1919) give me a delicious shiver. His use of white against the stark blackness of the page, nude bodies straining against the social mores of Edwardian society as much as the ribbons restraining them, and mouths open in muted screams make the stories more real -- more personal. 

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1 comment:

  1. Clarke's work is quite striking... and like something out of a bad dream.