For years, Edgar Allen Poe’s writing has captivated audiences of all kinds. In His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined, authors come together to retell some of his works in a new light.
As a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, I was ecstatic about finally getting around to reading this book. His stories and poems may be fantastic, but I was interested in seeing how others might interpret them and their outcomes. I’m glad to say that His Hideous Heart did not disappoint. While some retellings were more sad than spooky and some deviated from the original work. However, I felt that each author truly captured the spirit of Poe’s writing.
Not all retellings have to align perfectly with the source material. I especially enjoyed the way some of the authors took liberty with the narrative and created their own versions of the plot and outcome. It certainly made it more interesting to not know for sure whether or not the retelling would follow the original tale. Each was different from both the original story and the other retellings. While I often have mixed feelings about anthologies, this one really took my heart. It’s a perfect book to be reading in the month of October.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): blood, death, murder, violence, homophobia, swearing, kidnapping, implied sexual content
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