Edgar Allan Poe is back with another frightful collection of tongue-in-cheek stories sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, giggling through the fear. This month we start with an adaptation of “The Man That Was Used Up” written and drawn by Rick Geary. From there we have the short story “Keep Fit. Escape Hell.” by Oscar Maltby, featuring artwork by Molly Stanard. The second graphic fiction story is “Berenice” by Alisa Kwitney and Mauricet, and it wins “most disgusting” story of the collection. The short story “Graven” by Steven Couch, with artwork by Cayetano Valenzuela, rounds out the issue before another installment of Poe and the Black Cat by Hunt Emerson.
Ah, where to even begin. Starting with the story, Berenice, Kwitney and Mauricet have created one of the most uncomfortable tales to have graced the pages of EAPSoT yet. Each page just unsettles the reader even more until the literal climax that leaves readers physically uncomfortable. While laughing.
The two short stories this month are both great. The varying tones throughout the book are a standout reason to pick of Poe’s Snifter of Terror each month but the prose pieces work great as examples of this. One makes great use of humor while the other ramps up the horror. Highly recommended reads for fans of the genre.
The other comic story this month is an adaptation of “The Man That Was Used Up.” Writer/ artist Rick Geary does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life for the visual medium without sacrificing what made the original great. His artwork works well in tandem with the script to add another layer to the already fantastic source material.
As always, there’s really not much to criticize. If anything, this month’s issue has the strongest divide between funny stories and generally horrific stories. Some readers will probably enjoy this, while others may be put off by the variety. Honestly it just adds to the positives of the issue if the variety could be argued as a negative.
A minor complaint about the adaptation of “The Man That Was Used Up” would be that it’s not an overtly visual story until the end. One of the challenges of adapting prose to comics is keeping it interesting for the reader. Geary manages this with his expressions, but not much happens visually for readers to hook onto until the end of the story.
What more needs to be said? You should be reading Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror. One of the few books that can scare you just as much as it can make you laugh. A delight for comics fans and a delight Poe fans.
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