October Takeover: Graphic Novel Classics

~ posted by Becky B.

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read” — Mark Twain

Does the idea of reading a work of classic literature give you the shivers? Do you approach Victorian prose with a sense of fear and dread? You’re not alone; the classics strike terror in the hearts of many modern readers.

Cover image for DraculaSo if you’re not up to the task of reading the whole of Bram Stoker’s Dracula but want the gist of the original story in an 21st century package, the Graphic Classics series adapts classic works of literature to a graphic novel format. These adaptations include pieces of the original text in panels illustrated by comics artists, bringing the stories to life as you’ve never seen them before. The series includes a number of classic horror tales by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker, perfect for October reading.

The artwork is definitely a great asset of the series. Each story in a volume is illustrated by a different artist in a unique style, ranging from high-detail pen and ink works to the more loose psychedelic style popularized in the late 60’s.

Volume 1 highlights Edgar Allan Poe and contains many of his most famous pieces –Cover image for Graphic Classics: Edgar Allen Poe “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” – as well as a few lesser-known. The e-book edition includes a retelling of “The Black Cat” illustrated by Gerry Alanguilan.

H.P. Lovecraft’s story “Cool Air,” found in the Halloween Classics compilation, will chill you to the bone. This volume also contains an adaptation of the film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” as well as “A Curious Dream” by Mark Twain, showing a darker side of the author better known for his wit.

Cover image for Graphic Classics: Bram StokerBram Stoker’s volume of course includes “Dracula,” inked in shadowy darkness by Joe Ollman. Tom Pumplun’s adaptation of Van Helsing’s Vampire Hunter’s Guide is illustrated in humorous fashion by Hunt Emerson, known for his work in Fortean Times.

Fear the classics no more, dear reader; these adaptations will tingle your spine and delight your brains. BRAAAAINS!

Many of the Graphic Classics titles are also available for checkout as e-books and can be downloaded in PDF format for use with Adobe Digital Editions software.

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