The Macabre Tales of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Hardcover – Tartarus Press – Mar 2018 – 436+ pages
Edgar Allan Poe is remembered for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of ‘mystery and imagination’, many of which are distinguished by a relish for the macabre. A major figure in American literature, Poe was one of the country’s earliest and leading practitioners of the short story, and is credited as the father of detective fiction, as well as a major influence on science fiction.
Poe’s best-known work is decidedly Gothic. Recurring themes include considerations of death, the process of decomposition, the possibility of reanimation, and fear of premature burial. But Poe wrote not only ‘horror’, but satire, humour and hoaxes. He delighted in the use of irony and extravagance and the horror tale ‘Metzengerstein’, the first story he had published, was intended as a burlesque.
Poe became one of the first American authors of the nineteenth century to become more popular in Europe than in the United States, and was particularly respected in France following translations of his work by Charles Baudelaire.
This edition contains 8 tipped-in color plates and 23 full page black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke, an introduction by Brian Stableford, and is limited to 400 copies.