Today, I’m looking at Steampunk Poe. It’s not a brand new release—has been out a while, in fact—but it somehow slipped past my radar and I wish it hadn’t. It’s a gorgeous book, with full-page color illustrations that are, well, gorgeous. The book combines some of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic stories and poems such as The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, and illustrates them with steampunk-influenced art. Note: these are NOT Poe’s stories rewritten as steampunks, but the original stories with steampunk illustrations. It’s a fun idea, and there are a couple more in this series of steampunk-illustrated classics from Running Press I’ll be featuring in the coming weeks. It’s a great idea—and I love that they put a steampunk spin on these stories without rewriting them. (And it gave me a great excuse to re-read some favorite Poe. Quote the Raven…)
ABOUT THE BOOK: If you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations….Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art—from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments—creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween, Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!
Do you have a favorite Edgar Allan Poe story or poem? I like quite a few of the stories, but The Raven remains my favorite, even though I’m not a huge poetry reader. Leave a comment for a copy of this gorgeous book. Even if you’re not a Poe or steampunk fan, it’s a beautifully produced volume.