We’re only days away from Christmas now, and really, what better time is there for some more humorously blood curdling stories from Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood? This month, readers can imbibe Rachel Pollack and Alan Robinsons ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget,’ Shaun Manning and Greg Scott’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado – Rediscovered!’ as well as some prose by Tyrone Finch and Brendan Mallory titled ‘Winfield’ and ‘Meat the Parents’ respectively. The snifter is near spilling with its content this month.
Snifter of Blood is always funny, but this month really takes the humorous ball and runs with it. ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’ is a great piece and is bound to get a chuckle out of anyone that’s read a bit of Poe before. On top of that, Alan Robinson’s artwork is simply stunning to look at here. Some of the frantic Poe depictions are hilarious in themselves.
What’s always great about anthologies like Poe’s Snifter is the variety, and that’s on show here. Manning and Scott’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado – Rediscovered!’ is another fantastic humor piece, but in a completely different way. Poor Poe is getting jabbed with the jokes from all angles.
It’s always something praised here at AIPT, but the mix of sequential art and prose is something that’s sorely missing throughout literature as a whole. The prose short stories here are another reason that this is one of the best series out there for comic fans. As a publisher of both graphic fiction as well as prose, we should see AHOY pick up some interest from aspiring writers, given the otherwise lack of printed short fiction out there.
Every month that Poe’s Snifter comes out it gets pointed out that there’s very little to critique. As is always the case, things are very much the same this time. If a negative was to be drawn out of the issue, perhaps if a reviewer was held at gunpoint, then it should be noted that this issue does feature a story with a rather eye-rolling pun for a title.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #3 continues to be one of the standout anthology comics on the shelves today. Delivering on both laughs and spooky scares, the series has everything that readers could want. The series can’t be recommended enough for those who are looking for something a little different from the conventional, and it certainly can’t receive a more glowing review for people on the lookout for something genuinely funny.
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