His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined
You might remember reading Edgar Allan Poe’s delightfully creepy tales in middle school, and perhaps the eerie pounding of “The Tell-Tale Heart” haunts you to this day. His stories perfectly capture the moody, gothic atmosphere of a gloomy October evening. Dahlia Adler and a team of 12 other popular YA authors teamed up to modernize Poe’s 150-year-old horror stories, taking fresh perspectives on the classics. A modern retelling of “The Oval Portrait” by Lamar Giles peaked my interest, and the original tales are included in the book for comparison. With a different audio narrator for each tale, this collection is worth listening to as you crunch through piles of leaves on a walk or prep ingredients for a warm pot of chili.
Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.
Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.
Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining “Ligeia), Kendare Blake (“Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Amanda Lovelace (“The Raven”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).