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“The Fall of the House of Usher” is Out for Sale

The illustrated edition of “The Fall of the House of Usher” is officially an ebook that can be downloaded from Amazon here:


The Fall of the House of Usher
—Special Illustrated Edition—

The Fall of the House of Usher, cover design

This edition has the original text by Edgar Allan Poe with 10 color illustrations, plus a bonus portrait of Poe himself. After designing many variations of the cover, the final choice was crow-sourced. Votes went to the blackletter type and the white space and simple layout of this cover.

The language that Poe uses is so full of visual references that upon reading the short story I felt compelled to do some illustrations. I wanted to draw what I was imagining in my head. Eventually I kept highlighting more and more passages of the story. I ended up with 40+ segments I wanted to illustrate. I decided to cut it down to 10 for the book. One day I might illustrate all paragraphs of the story.

This is the very first paragraph of the book that inspired me to start this project:

The Fall of the House of Usher, first paragraph

Download the Kindle ebook:
The Fall of the House of Usher
—Special Illustrated Edition—

Poe(rtrait)

I am working on a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe for an illustrated short story of him. I thought it would be appropriate to end the book with his picture and one of his quotes.

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

Edgar Allan Poe WIP portrait

Some of my favorite quotes focus on the fuzzy boundaries between life and dead, sanity and madness, reality and dream.

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

And my favorite so far,

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.