Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Curse of the Metzengerstein

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday, I am privileged to be able to post a classic comic book adaption of one of his great stories. Every Poe story is great! "The Curse of the Metzengerstein" is from the June 1953 issue of Chilling Tales #16. With much gratitude to Karswell of The Horrors of It All, who selected, scanned, and sent this story. And after reading this adaptation, those interested can find an online version of the original text story HERE and an old time radio dramatization (as "The Tapestry Horse") HERE (right click to save).


Karswell said...

Thanks again for hosting Dave! And good luck with QDII!!

Dave Tackett said...

Completely my pleasure and thank you again!

Anonymous said...

Interesting tidbit about Metzengerstein -- according to a critical essay I was reading, Poe actually intended this story as a hilarious send-up of the "old" (well, only about 40 years prior) style of Gothic story that he was trying to replace with his new psychological tales. He was rather shocked and dismayed when audiences received it as great example of pure Gothic style.

He later corrected the error with the one-two punch of "How to Write a Blackwook Article" and "A Predicament," which were so heavily larded with schmaltz that no one would accuse them of being the real thing.

"A Predicament" is, for my money, the funniest of Poe's comic works, but that's not really saying much, bless his heart.

Happy Birthday, Edgar!

Dave Tackett said...

I didn't know that, but I can see it.

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