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Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).


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Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).

30 review for His Hideous Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Dark, diverse, feminist, eerie, memorable, and twisted—welcome to the new generation of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a lot of fun in here. In His Hideous Heart, editor Dahlia Adler has compiled a truly impressive shortlist of some of Poe’s most famous tales, reimagined for a 2019 audience. I couldn’t believe how nuanced and imaginative these retellings were, and how eerily similar they felt to their original inspirations. Having the original Poe tales in the back of the collection was such a good call—I Dark, diverse, feminist, eerie, memorable, and twisted—welcome to the new generation of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a lot of fun in here. In His Hideous Heart, editor Dahlia Adler has compiled a truly impressive shortlist of some of Poe’s most famous tales, reimagined for a 2019 audience. I couldn’t believe how nuanced and imaginative these retellings were, and how eerily similar they felt to their original inspirations. Having the original Poe tales in the back of the collection was such a good call—I actually read each tale in tandem, from new reimagining to old inspiration to compare and contrast each entry. To keep this review shorter than its original anthology, here are my quick thoughts and ratings on each of the 13 tales: She Rode a Horse of Fire (Metzengerstein) by Kendare Blake Rating: ★★★★★ The perfect opener to this anthology, this historically-minded tale about a manor house experiencing the entrancement and death of its lord was the PERFECT amount of spooky. It’s Carnival! (The Cask of Amontillado) by Tiffany D. Jackson Rating: ★★★★ A tale twisted to a diverse feminist revenge story, this entry watches the narrator as she exacts a clinical end to the man who mocked her and her family for not being Jamacian enough with deadly results in modern-day New Orleans. Night-Tide (Annabelle Lee) by Tessa Gratton Rating ★★★★★ Tied as my favorite, this prose retelling of the poem follows the summer seaside hypnotic reality of the narrator as she questions whether her illicit love for Annabelle Lee was the cause of Annabelle’s death in this historic New England tale perfect for fans of f/f star-crossed lovers. The Glittering Death (The Pit and the Pendulum) by Caleb Roehrig Rating: ★★★★ A modern tale of a serial killer who targets women, and the girl who finds herself a live captive in need of escape—extremely gritty, and another parable on modern-day feminism. A Drop of Stolen Ink (The Purloined Letter) by Emily Lloyd-Jones Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 Edgar Allan Poe meets the future in a world where information is coded in biometric tattoos and one girl is sent to uncover a CEO’s treachery in the high-stakes world of the tattoo-data black market. Happy Days, Sweetheart (The Tell-Tale Heart) by Stephanie Kuehn Rating: ★★★★★ A high-achieving diverse female student always comes in second to the mediocrity of her white male competitor at their private school—so she decides to balance the scales of justice and eliminate him in this gruesome tale of cold revenge. The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace Rating: ★★★ The poem The Raven, blacked out to create a new narrative, remained cool in concept by struggled to shine in between such impressive prose entries. Changeling (Hop-Frog) by Marieke Nijkamp Rating: ★★★★ Set in 1832, this tale of the Fae is reimagined as a vigilante group of former disabled and neglected abused children who receive a glorious second chance at a happy life or a vengeful one in a dark tale of one girl questing to retrieve those who deserve more than what the mortal world can give them by transporting them to the kingdom of the Fae and punishing their perpetrators. The Oval Filter (The Oval Portrait) by Lamar Giles Rating: ★★★★★ A college football star’s dead girlfriend shows up in his Instagram feed trapped in an oval filter that appears to be suffocating her behind the screen—can Tariq solve the mystery behind her appearance before it drives him mad? Red (The Masque of the Red Death) by Hillary Monahan Rating: ★★ My least favorite in the collection, this tale should be read for the aesthetic and not for the narrative as it is essentially a color-coded picture show with a dark conclusion. Lygia (Ligeia) by Dahlia Adler Rating: ★★★ 1/2 A f/f tale of loss and mourning gone too far, the narrator mourns her dead girlfriend, Lygia, and tries to remake her presence in her new girlfriend with dark results. The Fall of the Bank of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) by Fran Wilde Rating: ★★★★★ Tied as my favorite, this masterful blend of futuristic nanotech with old-school English manor joins the heist trope in this tale of (potentially) gender-fluid twins who take the job of hacking the unhackable Bank of Usher in an old manor house guarded by semi-sentient computerized mold. (I hear you saying “wtf”—just read it. It’s amazing.) The Murders in Rue Apartelle, Boracay (The Murders in the Rue Morgue) by Rin Chupeco Rating: ★★★ Confusing and at times overly complicated given its length, this tale was a modern blend of magical realism in the Philippines told by the female narrator as she recounts the tale of her mysterious rich boyfriend who may or may not be too knowledgeable about a murder case. ***** Original notes: Ahhhh! So thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for His Hideous Heart. Stay tuned for my review on September 5! This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 so I am HYPED. Thank you so much to Flatiron Books for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Oh... my god... EAP retellings?! Do you guys even know how much I love Edgar Allan Poe?! *screaming intensifies*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    You had me at Rin Chupeco and Kendare Blake reimagining Edgar Allan Poe, but then I read the rest of the contributors and almost fainted. This is going to be the best anthology ever. What a blessing. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    hope someone retells the Cask of Amontillado and brings back the meme

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia

    I'm so excited at how soon this book will be out in the world, and thank you to everyone who's looking forward to it! It is, of course, on the horror side, so, CWs below in the spoiler tags, but, uh, assume a lot of death/murder/revenge; I'm not gonna put those tags in because it's basically every story. (Please note that these are intentional facets of the stories in which they appear. YMMV on how you receive that, but you aren't going to find these things "checked" on the page, only...dealt I'm so excited at how soon this book will be out in the world, and thank you to everyone who's looking forward to it! It is, of course, on the horror side, so, CWs below in the spoiler tags, but, uh, assume a lot of death/murder/revenge; I'm not gonna put those tags in because it's basically every story. (Please note that these are intentional facets of the stories in which they appear. YMMV on how you receive that, but you aren't going to find these things "checked" on the page, only...dealt with, shall we say.) Animal death: (view spoiler)["She Rode in on a Horse of Fire" by Kendare Blake (hide spoiler)] Homophobia: (view spoiler)["Night-Tide" by Tessa Gratton (hide spoiler)] Suicide: (view spoiler)["She Rode in on a Horse of Fire" by Kendare Blake, "Night-Tide" by Tessa Gratton" (hide spoiler)] Implied transphobia: (view spoiler)["The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay" by Rin Chupeco (hide spoiler)] Ableism and related abuse: (view spoiler)["Changeling" by Marieke Nijkamp (hide spoiler)] Torture: (view spoiler)["The Glittering Death" by Caleb Roehrig (hide spoiler)] Misogyny: (view spoiler)["The Glittering Death" by Caleb Roehrig, "The Oval Filter" by Lamar Giles (hide spoiler)] Implied partner death: (view spoiler)["Night-Tide" by Tessa Gratton, "Lygia" by Dahlia Adler (hide spoiler)] Substance abuse (mild): (view spoiler)["Lygia" by Dahlia Adler (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    [Image TK] Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF. well, that got old fast ------------ reasons why i will definitely love this book: 1. horror 2. edgar allen poe 3. a fully casted audiobook (WHAT) | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Reviewed in my October Wrap Up with timestamps for titles in the description bar https://youtu.be/rk2PIboA0ek

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I also won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so thanks to Flatiron for this! 3.8/5 I heard about this book ages ago and immediately needed it. I just didn't expect to 1) get approved through Netgalley and 2) win a Goodreads giveaway! I haven't won a giveaway on there since 2017. Been ages. Overall, I was very impressed by this collection. I'm not a huge short story person, but I love Poe. He's a very good author, even if I don't enjoy I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I also won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so thanks to Flatiron for this! 3.8/5 I heard about this book ages ago and immediately needed it. I just didn't expect to 1) get approved through Netgalley and 2) win a Goodreads giveaway! I haven't won a giveaway on there since 2017. Been ages. Overall, I was very impressed by this collection. I'm not a huge short story person, but I love Poe. He's a very good author, even if I don't enjoy every story of his. What I loved about this collection across the stories were the diversity in them and the unique twists that they took. I won't lie, I'm a pretty big purist with retellings. I like them to be more like the originals than not. So, in this collection, the ones that were more out there, weren't rated as highly just because that's my general bias with retellings. One thing I'd like to see in this is the retelling and original next to each other. The layout for this -- and, I'm pretty sure -- the finished copy is that one section of the book has the retellings while the other section has Poe's original tales. I really should have reread the stories first as a comparison. Luckily, I was familiar with most of the stories -- for better or worse -- that it didn't impact my reading that much. So, all that aside, let's get to the individual reviews! 👻 She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake ⚰️ Based on: Metzengerstein ☠️ CW: death and death by fire What really stood out to me in this was that Blake captured Poe's voice. She toyed with horror and insanity and if these things meet brilliantly, just like he did. A girl, a servant, is obsessed with the new master of the house. And she kinda does some crazy things for him. I wasn't familiar with the original story, but I really thought Blake wrote a great opener for this collection! - 4/5 👻 It's Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson ⚰️ Based on: The Cask of Amontillado ☠️ CW: gatekeeping in communities, unwanted sexual advances, and death This is definitely one of my favorite Poe stories, so I'm very familiar with this story. However, unlike the original story -- a man who doesn't like some other guy because of a vague slight and decides to kill him -- I really connected with the MC. I loved how Jackson took this story and made the slight more solid. A woman of color deciding to get back at a man who makes a few unwanted sexual advances in the story and tries to tell her she doesn't belong because she's in the diaspora of this culture. Personally, I don't really blame the MC for her actions. - 4.5/5 👻 Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton ⚰️ Based on: Annabel Lee ☠️ CW: homophobia, grief, and past death I had constant chills while reading this one! Gratton was AMAZING with this retelling (although I expected nothing less from her). I really felt like she captured grief and loss in this story. It's a vaguely historical F/F retelling of one of Poe's famous poems. I loved how she turned the story into a queer romance set in a time that denied queerness and gay relationships. It was just a spot on story and amazing on its own - 5/5 👻 The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig ⚰️ Based on: The Pit and the Pendulum ☠️ CW: serial killer, religious based killings, and death Somehow, somehow, Roehrig took my least favorite Poe story (independent of his detective stories) and turned it into my favorite story in this whole book. Not kidding you! It was amazing. Roehrig turned the story from the Inquisition to a serial killer, the Judge, who is operating in this town, kidnapping and killing young women based on the sins that he believes that they have committed. It was totally right up my horror alley and I was utterly enthralled by it! - 5/5 👻 A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones ⚰️ Based on: The Purloined Letter ☠️ CW: death and theft Okay, this is one of those that missed. I don't like the original stories since this is one of Poe's mystery one and I just wanted.... more? It's a vaguely sci-fi story. The MC, Augusta Pine, has lost her true identity and is trying to get it back. If she completes this mission -- finding a stolen tattoo -- she's going to get that information back. It's a great premise, but it didn't feel fully fleshed out for me. I just was there wanting more from the plot and characters, even if this kind of ends in a queer (by queer, I mean gay) way. - 3/5 👻 Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn ⚰️ Based on: The Tell-Tale Heart ☠️ CW: death and murder It took a while for me to see the direction of this story. That's not completely a bad thing, of course. Again, I really loved that Kuehn took a minority take with this one. A young woman who's in a small, New England high school trying to win against this one boy. She's a woman of color and this white boy keeps getting things that she feels she deserves after working her hardest to achieve them. Yet the school keeps giving him these things; class president, first chair viola, etc. Somehow she decides to get him back. I rated this lower initially, but I couldn't stop thinking about the ending -- in a good way! -- that I bumped it up. - 4/5 👻 The Raven (Remix) by amanda lovelace ⚰️ Based on: The Raven ☠️ CW: none This is my least favorite in the whole collection. I know why, too. It's because I'm not a fan of the medium that it's told through. And that is poetry, but, specifically, that blocked poetry that has the original poem but blacks out everything but certain words. Really, it didn't feel like a retelling, just condensing down the original poem. - 2.5/5 👻 Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp ⚰️ Based on: Hop-Frog ☠️ CW: abuse, physical assault, and ableism The fae/changeling aspect of this story was my favorite part, but I wanted more oomph from the whole story. It alternates in time, told from the same perspective of a woman who was born disabled. And shows how she was treated, then how she helps others like her. Really, the story lacked the horror that I wanted it to have since the original one is freaky. It just had a softer tone, even if I enjoyed some aspects. - 3/5 👻 The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles ⚰️ Based on: The Oval Portrait ☠️ CW: death Really creepy one! It took a bit to get to the story and it's way longer than the original one, but I enjoyed the angle that it took. Instead of a portrait, it updated it to Instagram and all the filters that we use. Along with having it all about an actual murder that recently took place in the story, a murder of someone that the MC really cared for. It's another minority story with multiple POC characters. But, like the other ones, I wanted a bit more oomph to it. - 3.5/5 👻 Red by Hillary Monahan ⚰️ Based on: The Masque of the Red Death ☠️ CW: death and discrimination This one was more abstract than some of the others were. I never felt very sure of the setting of the story -- something contemporary for us and a party -- but that was about it. I liked the twist on how the author used the color red and that the metaphor went from TB to poverty. Because poverty is a plague and an epidemic that hasn't been cured. It really kept that creepy feel that made me wonder what was going to happen, but it fell a bit flat in the end. - 4/5 👻 Lygia by Dahlia Adler ⚰️ Based on: Ligeia ☠️ CW: death from cancer What really got to me with this one was how Adler captured grief and loss, but in a way that hit me more than Gratton's story did. It's another F/F retelling. The MC's girlfriend, Lygia, dies from cancer. That cancer death just got to me. Describing cancer as a greedy bitch is very, very true for those of you who have seen what it does. That alone got 1-2 stars, but I wanted the story to be more there. It just didn't have that same power that the earlier stories did. - 4/5 👻 The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde ⚰️ Based on: The Fall of the House of Usher ☠️ CW: past death and general sense of danger This story follows twins who have been hired in some sci-fi heist to take down a bank. Except, the bank isn't all that it seems. For me, the sci-fi world was a stretch. It felt too wild and I wanted the world explained more. It really could have been longer -- even stretched out into a whole story -- just for me to fully wrap my head around the world that I was entering. I did like the ending, though! But I wanted more length to the story - 3.5/5 👻 The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco ⚰️ Based on: The Murders in the Rue Morgue ☠️ CW: transphobia and death Now, this is the story that I heard everyone talking about. A Filipinx LGBTQ+ story that features a transwoman in a loving (or, at least, supportive) relationship. That was definitely my favorite part. I loved that she was who she was and that it was almost a footnote -- basically, a part of who she is but there are more interesting things about her -- in the story. Other than that, it fell flat. Like with the last story, it felt like the world was far too big for this short story. It could have been longer to fully flesh things out for me. - 4/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    These stories were a lot of fun to listen to. Creepy but satisfying. Kind of wish I listened to His Hideous Heart back in October.. but eh, details. Why not start off November with a horror bang - right? In this book, you will hear 13 different short stories about Edgar Allen Poe's classic tales. Luckily for me, I haven't really listened to or read any of this work. Unless it was for school.. which has been a while for me. So it was really interesting to get these unique stories a try. Then on top These stories were a lot of fun to listen to. Creepy but satisfying. Kind of wish I listened to His Hideous Heart back in October.. but eh, details. Why not start off November with a horror bang - right? In this book, you will hear 13 different short stories about Edgar Allen Poe's classic tales. Luckily for me, I haven't really listened to or read any of this work. Unless it was for school.. which has been a while for me. So it was really interesting to get these unique stories a try. Then on top of that, we also get to hear the originals as well. Still creepy but I definitely like the first ones instead. Maybe it's because I spent countless hours listening to them that the originals were just meh to me? Like my soul was already too dark that they seemed a bit fluffy? Who knows - but I still enjoyed listening to both of them. I, low-key, do not have a favorite. Which is a bit weird for me because after listening to 26 short stories you'd think I would've have one - or five. Yet, I didn't because they were all so freaking good. Some really creeped me out and others kind of felt like child's play. In the end, definitely happy that I dove into it and can't wait to dive into more short stories written by these authors!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily Lloyd-Jones

    I am so excited to be part of this anthology! (And hopefully I will resist the urge to make Poe-themed puns.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI ♠

    RTC but overall I wasn't disappointed by this . . . but I thought it would be better?? Feel more Poe-inspired? Some stories hit that vibe just right though, which is why I don't feel completely let down by this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    TL

    No rating for now.. wasn't in the mood to read Poe's stories so will put up a full review when I get to them:). See my status updates for my ratings (DNFed the last story). I enjoyed the stories for the most part but only a handful stuck out for me, with only one that annoyed me and had me wondering how it made it in the collection. Would recommend, there's a nice variety of stories in here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek 3.5 Stars **** Huge thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **** General Trigger Warnings: Violence, Gore, Murder, & Death Story specific triggers will be listed with the story below! I have to say when I first heard about an anthology of contemporary Edgar Allan Poe retellings, I was absolutely pumped! And while there were definitely a few stories in here that I didn’t completely Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek 3.5 Stars **** Huge thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **** General Trigger Warnings: Violence, Gore, Murder, & Death Story specific triggers will be listed with the story below! I have to say when I first heard about an anthology of contemporary Edgar Allan Poe retellings, I was absolutely pumped! And while there were definitely a few stories in here that I didn’t completely fall in love with there were also a few winners. Some of the stories really dragged on and felt too long and thus it took me a while to finish but the stories I did love really stuck out. Overall I feel like this is a fantastic way to introduce Edgar Allan Poe stories to younger readers and a modern audience in general. It’s always fun to see modernized versions of the classic stories you know and love! Fun fact: all of the original Poe tales are included in this collection as well so if you have’t read them yet or need a quick brush up, they’re handy! I know I loved reading the originals and comparing them to the retellings while reading. There’s also quite a bit of diversity in these stories ranging from POC characters, to LGTBQ+ romances, and disabled characters. I will be reviewing each individual story but for those of you keen to know which were my favorites I’ll just leave them right here…. She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Black It’s Carnival by Tiffany D. Jackson The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake – ★★★★ Retold: Metzengerstein I have to say this was a story by Poe I wasn’t completely familiar with but after reading both I have to say this was a very good retelling, keeping close to the original while switching things up a bit. The story is told from the POV of a maid working in a mansion on a lavish estate under the care of a young, wealthy man named Friedrich. After his most recent lover perishes in a fire on the property it’s discovered she was in fact the daughter of another family with whom his has feuded for generations. Friedrich then begins spending time with a strange new woman that suddenly appears, who also happens to look like a woman in a tapestry in the mansion…. As I said the similarities with this retelling and the original were on point! I thought it was a lot of fun drawing comparisons with this one. Although I will say it would have been nice to get a little but “more” from the characters, more insight or more personality. It’s Carnival by Tiffany D. Jackson – ★★★★ Retold: The Cask of Amantillado I’m not sure why but this one was just a lot of fun to read, and yes I do realize I just called “murder” fun to read. This story also follows the original quite well but at the same time had its own unique feel. We have a diverse main character named Cindy who is of Caribbean/Barbadian ethnicity and plans to exact her revenge on a boy named Darrel using the cover of the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn to do it. As I already mentioned it follows the original tale very closely so it unfolds much in the same way but I just really enjoyed this modern spin on it and the writing style just pulled me along! Night Tide by Tessa Gratton – ★★ Retold: Annabel Lee I really wanted to like this story more but sadly I was left feeling cold and confused. This retells Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” which is one of my favorites and puts an F/F romance spin on things. This story follows a young girl and her family at resort they always vacation at and how she is excited to see the girl she loves again, however, she soon learns that the girl had fallen gravely ill and passed away. She then reminisces about her time with Annabel Lee. The writing in this one was very beautiful but I just could not get into it. I felt things were way too vague and left me feeling confused and distant from the story. The characters were bland and I just didn’t feel anything for them. I wanted to feel that longing and sadness present in the poem but found this story to be quite forgettable for me. The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig – ★★★★ (4.5) Retold: The Pit & the Pendulum Trigger Warnings: Abduction, Abuse, & Torture I would like to start off by saying this was one of the more disturbing stories but also one of my favorites because it was so dark and addictive. This one is about a teen girl who is abducted by a serial killer called “The Judge” who is known for taking girls he has deemed “sinners”. He attempts to get her to “confess her sins” before killing her by torturing her. I loved how clever the MC was but I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it! I would say this one was definitely action-packed and kept me turning pages, I wouldn’t mind reading this as a whole novel to be honest! A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones – ★★★ (3.5) Retold: The Purloined Letter This story followed the general plot points of the original but definitely gave it its own very unique story which I was really enjoying. It’s futuristic with a very sci-fi feel to it about a girl who needs a new start and is in a precarious position with the government who “hires” her for a mission of sorts. In this world everyone’s identity comes in the form of a tattoo on their body making identity theft nigh impossible. When one of these tattoos is stolen it’s our MC’s job to find it. I actually really liked the characterization in this one, we actually got backstory and got to know the characters. I also really loved the whole “heist” kind of theme and of course all the sci-fi tech. There’s also a bit of an F/F romance but I think it’s mostly just platonic. The reason I didn’t give this one a full 4 or 5 stars is because the pacing was a bit off and it felt way too long. Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn – ★★★ Retold: The Tell-Tale Heart This is definitely a pretty unique retelling as the only real connection it has to the original is the “hearing the beating heart” bit in my opinion. This is about a girl who has always tried very hard to the “best” at everything in school, but she ultimately struggles due to her minority status (she is half black and half Mexican). There is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed wealthy white boy that gets all the attention and awards, he’s essentially handed everything. She strikes up a relationship with him but when the end of her senior year comes around she will do anything to be the class valedictorian. I liked how there was a deeper theme and message revolving around privilege and race in this one and loved Kuehn’s writing style. My only issue with this one was that the ending felt a little lackluster and abrupt. The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace – N/A Retold: The Raven So I did not realize this right away but apparently the eARC I received was not formatted correctly. This is supposed to be “The Raven” retold by blacking out parts in order to tell another story/poem. However, since I had no way of reading this in it’s proper format I won’t be reviewing or rating it. Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp – ★★★ Retold: Hop-Frog Trigger Warnings: Abuse & Ableism “Hop-Frog” isn’t one of my favorite stories but this retelling was alright, I’m always up for a good revenge story. This is told in a split timeline by one MC, a “before” being rescued by a Fae and an “after”. The Fae come for children that are disfigured or disabled because they are horribly mistreated and give them a choice to come with them to the Unseelie realm and to take revenge on the people that tormented them. I loved the Fae aspect in this story but overall it was a bit slow and failed to grasp my attention fully. The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles – ★★ (2.5) Retold: The Oval Portrait I have a lot of conflicted feelings about this story, it had really great potential but I felt the ending was….not great. It did follow the original tale in an interesting way and definitely put a modernized spin on it though. It follows Tariq, a young African American boy nursing a football injury, whose girlfriend is haunting him through an oval-shaped filter on Instagram in order to have him find who killed her. It started off pretty creepy but after a while it lost that bit of flair. And that ending? What? It made zero sense to me and was very abrupt, it left me feeling pretty unsatisfied overall. Red by Hillary Monahan – ★★ Retold: The Masque of the Red Death I really enjoy Hillary Monahan’s stories because they always creep me out and the writing is great. However, I was very disappointed with this story. I liked how it followed a certain path set in the original tale and subtle references were fun to pick out but overall this story was confusing as hell. It follows a “girl” with red hair walking out through the dark streets of Boston on her way to a club where she seeks out revenge on a man. However, we got zero explanations as to who or what she is (supernatural entity of some kind maybe?) and why she seeks revenge. While this added a certain aura of mystery that I liked, I felt a few things could have been explained in order to enjoy the story more. I was left with a “what?” expression and a completely forgettable story due to my lack of understanding it. Lygia by Dahlia Adler – ★★ Retold: Ligeia Trigger Warnings: Cancer Related Death & Homophobic Statements This felt very similar to the story “Night-Tide” which retold “Annabel Lee”, and I understand the stories both deal with lost love and grief but…..it just felt too similar for me. This is about a girl who lost her lover to cancer and finds herself entering into a relationship with a new girl at school. She slowly begins to transform her into the spitting image of her lost love. It is very similar to the original tale and it’s a good retelling in that sense but it’s just not my cup of tea. The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde – ★ Retold: The Fall of the House of Usher Okay. This is my least favorite story in the entire collection and to be perfectly honest I was so bored that I skimmed quite a bit. I didn’t think it was all that creative and I just could have cared less about anything with the story or characters. It’s about twins who are hired to try and hack an “un-hackable” bank. It’s full of very futuristic tech etc. I just quite caring after that. The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco – ★★★★★ Retold: The Murders in the Rue Morgue I have always loved Rin Chupeco and I was NOT disappointed with this story, definitely my favorite in the whole collection hands down. I loved the inclusion of all the Asian mythology and supernatural creatures, it kept my interest. It also follows the original tale very well too and even with prior knowledge of the original nothing is really spoiled either. I was surprised by the ending and loved how there was some characterization in such a short story too. I wouldn’t mind this being a full length novel! Overall there were a few stories I found worth the read but there were more misses than hits for me unfortunately. However, I would still recommend this book if you’re a fan of retellings and Edgar Allan Poe, there’s something for every fan here I believe!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Edgar Allan Poe being one of my favorite authors, I couldn't not get this book. Although I'm always wary when it comes to retellings of one of my favorite book or of stories of one of my favorites authors, I still really wanted to read that one. While I haven't been absolutely enchanted by it, it's still a good book, with a nice idea behind it, and I'm pretty sure many people (including others Poe fans) will love it more than I did. Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing writer who influenced so many Edgar Allan Poe being one of my favorite authors, I couldn't not get this book. Although I'm always wary when it comes to retellings of one of my favorite book or of stories of one of my favorites authors, I still really wanted to read that one. While I haven't been absolutely enchanted by it, it's still a good book, with a nice idea behind it, and I'm pretty sure many people (including others Poe fans) will love it more than I did. Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing writer who influenced so many people, and it does warm my heart to see those authors coming together to celebrate his work. Just for that, this anthology does have merit. The format is very nice, because it's in two parts: The Tales Retold first and then The Original Tales. You can read it as you want: the retelling and then the original tale, or like I did all the retellings and then enjoy once more the original tales. For those who haven't read Poe before, it's also a great opportunity for them to discover his writing without buying one of his books if they were never interested before. For those who love Poe, it's a great opportunity to read those new authors and to read once more the tales they already love. Basically, it's a win-win for everyone. Among those 13 tales, I had a hard time with some of them, but that's to be expected in general with an anthology. You have the stories you love, the ones you don't like, the ones that are just all right, which makes for me an overall rating of three stars. Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton, a retelling inspired by Annabelle Lee, is my favorite. The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig (inspired by The Pit and the Pendulum), Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn (inspired by The Tell-Tale Heart), Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp (inspired by Hop-Frog) were also really good. That makes 4 stories out of 13 that I really liked. On the other hand, I wasn't convinced at all by the The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace, where the original tale has parts covered in black to create a new tale. I found it more annoying than anything, but it's a matter of personal taste. A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones (inspired by The Purloined Letter) and The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde (inspired by The Fall of the House of Usher) are futuristic stories, which unfortunately isn't for me ; once again, it's really a matter of personal taste. The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles (inspired by The Oval Portrait) wasn't for me either (I get the use of technology like Instagram is now popular in horror movies and books, but it just doesn't work for me). So also 4 stories out of 13 that I didn't like. The 5 stories left, She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake (inspired by Metzengerstein), It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson (inspired by The Cask of Amontillado), Red by Hillary Monahan (inspired by The Masque of the Red Death), Lygia by Dahlia Adler (inspired by Ligeia), and The Murders in Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco (inspired by The Murders in the Rue Morgue) were okay. All in all, this anthology is a very good October read if you're looking for one, with some tales definitely worth reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This anthology was the perfect combination of creepy and purposeful. Each story had a message reflected in its horrors that wonderfully mirrored Poe's orginal tales (which are included in the book as well). It was well worth the wait to read these hauntungly reimagined stories by such wonderful authors. Average Rating: 3.61 stars Most Excited For: She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake; Night Tale by Tessa Gratton; A Drop pf Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones Favorites: Night Tide by Tessa This anthology was the perfect combination of creepy and purposeful. Each story had a message reflected in its horrors that wonderfully mirrored Poe's orginal tales (which are included in the book as well). It was well worth the wait to read these hauntungly reimagined stories by such wonderful authors. Average Rating: 3.61 stars Most Excited For: She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake; Night Tale by Tessa Gratton; A Drop pf Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones Favorites: Night Tide by Tessa Gratton; The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig; Lygia by Dahlia Adler Least Favorites: The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace; The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake | ★★★☆☆ I thought this story had great atmosphere and set the tone for the anthology. It was so rich and really felt morphed from the orignal story, but I loved how it was updated - even thought it kept a historical setting. It's Carnival by Tiffany D. Jackson | ★★★★☆ The vibrant Carnical parade setting was the perfect cover for this sadistic and remorseless story. I'm am all here for unapologetic vengeance against abuseres and overall shitty people so I thought this story was wonderfull and had a surprisingly brighter tone that lifted the anthology after the darker introduction Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton | ★★★★★ This was a beautifully sad and heartfelt story about love and loss. We seeJaclyn learn more about herself through Annabel's death. But I completely felt the connection between the two and I felt Jaclyn's pain and it being over. The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig | ★★★★★ I loved how greusome this story was, it felt like an episode of some kind of crime show (which I absolutely love). We have a character fighting against an abductor who has already killed people - it's tense and makes your heart race in the best way. A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones | ★★★★☆ I thought it was nice to get a little science fiction elements introduced here to break up some of the other styles. The skin tattos and wraith/Prefect relationship was definitely intriguing, but I do think it ended too soon. I would have loved for this to be a bit more fleshed out. Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Keuhn | ★★★☆☆ This was a retelling of The Tell-Tale Heart and all of the elements were totally there - the building resentment and cathartic release. The main characters is a better-qualifie outsider who consistently comes in second to an apathetic oponent. The parallels to the 2016 election were a little on the nose for me, but I liked the story overall. The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace | ★☆☆☆☆ This one did absolutely nothing for me. I thought backling out Poe's original story was a really smart idea, but it ended up being so short and the message was better delivered in "Night-Tide" or "Lygia" Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp | ★★★★☆ "Hop Frog" was one of Poe's stories that I wasn't familiar with, but it grabbed when when I read the originals in preparation for the retellings. I loved how magic, the Fae, and revenge were woven into this story that showcased solidarity. The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) Tariq is recovering from a football injury and is still mourning the unexepcted (and unsolved death) of his girlfriend, Courtney. We're with him as he starts to see her reappear on social media (after all of her accounts were deleted. The reveal is weak, but I liked Tariq's journey. Red by Hillary Monahan | ★★★★☆ I liked this story, but if was so short. We could have easily had another 100 pages to really flesh out the world. But our main character has some sort of magic or power that other fear and uses that to her advantage. It's a story about asserting yourself into where others reject you and demanding you belong. It was empowering. Lygia by Dahlia Adler | ★★★★★ This was a hauntingly beautiful story reminising about a lost love. There's realy not much else to say about it, besides the fact that I loved it. The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde | ★★☆☆☆ I don't know if I was getting reading fatigue, but this one was a little hard to follw. I get the overall structure, but I feel like the smaller details were lost on me. THis story followed sibling hackers and thiefs as they try and steal from an impenetrable bank. The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars) I thought this story has possibly the best potential. If this was a full length novel, I'd 100% want to pick it up. The writing style was different that all the other stories - it was like a letter written to you so there was in instant personal connection, and I loved the Filipino culture included. Overall this anthology was great and I had a lot more hits than misses. If you're even a casual fan of Poe, I think you'd enjoy this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I couldn't imagine a book that was more on brand for me. Edgar Allen Poe re-tellings, edited by a fantastic human, full of some of my favorite and most anticipated authors? His Hideous Heart is made for me. I was unbelievably lucky to get an early copy and I devoured it whole. His Hideous Heart retains the magic of anthology, while bringing new life to Edgar Allen Poe. Part of why (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I couldn't imagine a book that was more on brand for me. Edgar Allen Poe re-tellings, edited by a fantastic human, full of some of my favorite and most anticipated authors? His Hideous Heart is made for me. I was unbelievably lucky to get an early copy and I devoured it whole. His Hideous Heart retains the magic of anthology, while bringing new life to Edgar Allen Poe. Part of why I love anthologies, is that not only do they offer you experiences to become closer to your favorite authors, but also to discover new loves. And what a subject. I can remember my first experiences with Edgar Allen Poe in middle school. Being absolutely transfixed by his writing, his characters, the atmosphere. Obsessed with the Gothic imagery and haunting desires. These stories retain the eeriness, the creepiness, the same feeling of curiosity, and breathes new settings, characters, and technology. Nothing is as it seems and it only makes me want to go re-read the originals. Re-tellings will consistently captivate me - how much you retain from the original, what themes you bring forth, and which elements you eliminate. This anthology was like watching my wildest fantasies come true. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler is an anthology of thirteen classic Edgar Allan Poe tales as reimagined by top YA authors. Needless to say, Edgar Allan Poe is one of my all time favorites so I had incredibly high expectations for this collection with an all new audience in mind. I loved that these talented authors have created such unique takes on these classics, some of which are quite unexpected. It was so much fun to I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler is an anthology of thirteen classic Edgar Allan Poe tales as reimagined by top YA authors. Needless to say, Edgar Allan Poe is one of my all time favorites so I had incredibly high expectations for this collection with an all new audience in mind. I loved that these talented authors have created such unique takes on these classics, some of which are quite unexpected. It was so much fun to be surprised by where some of the stories were so cleverly taken while still being able to recognize them at their core. My favorites included The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde (The Fall of the House of Usher), The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig (The Pit and the Pendulum), It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson (The Cask of Amontillado), A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones (The Purloined Letter), Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp (Hop-Frog), and The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles (The Oval Portrait). Of all of these retellings, I was the most excited to see what Fran Wilde made of The Fall of the House of Usher as it's been a long time favorite and luckily her short tops my list of all thirteen retellings. I can't say I was expecting a sci-fi hacker heist, but it totally worked for me. Also, out of all of the self-contained stories in this anthology, this is the one where I wouldn't mind a longer novella or even a full-length novel of Mad and Rik's exploits. Overall, if you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe as much as I do, this collection of some of his most well known tales retold is well worth picking up. Don't worry if you aren't familiar with the original stories featured here because they are actually included at the back of the book for your enjoyment. Now I feel like watching some of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations featuring Vincent Price!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* “Once upon a midnight dreary, I received a review query, About this very quaint and curious volume of Poe’s retold lore…” First off, I have to start by saying I was incredibly tempted to write this entire review as a poem in the style of “The Raven” but, unfortunately (…or perhaps fortunately), I think that far exceeds my creative writing talents. I know I am pointing out the Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* “Once upon a midnight dreary, I received a review query, About this very quaint and curious volume of Poe’s retold lore…” First off, I have to start by saying I was incredibly tempted to write this entire review as a poem in the style of “The Raven” but, unfortunately (…or perhaps fortunately), I think that far exceeds my creative writing talents. I know I am pointing out the obvious at this point, but this is a collection of thirteen YA authors’ contemporary retellings of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works. The authors have taken these chilling stories and reimagined them for a new generation of readers. These modernized versions are hauntingly unique yet still retain much of Poe’s signature tone and style while paying homage to the beloved originals. Thrills and chills, love, heartbreak, and revenge can all be found within these pages, forming a collection that further immortalizes these classic tales. As a lover of all things dark and creepy, I immediately fell in love with Edgar Allan Poe’s work when we first studied him back in middle school. So when I heard about this collection, I absolutely had to give it a read—and I was not disappointed. As with any anthology with multiple authors, you’re going to have some hits and some misses. However, I found that the focus here on Poe retellings helped to unify the stories quite a lot more than other short story collections I have read. Each story possesses the vividly eerie, peculiar, longing, and vengeful qualities found in the originals and stays very faithful to Poe’s visions for them. My favorite stories from the collection were: Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton Lygia by Dahlia Adler The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde Now, I’ll go into some specifics about each of the individual stories and my thoughts on them. She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake (3.5/5) Inspired by “Metzengerstein” In this story, we follow a girl who works in a mansion. The young master of the estate, Friedrich Baron, loses his most recent girlfriend in a fire on his property. It turns out that she was the daughter of another wealthy family who has a centuries-long feud with Friedrich’s. Then, out of nowhere one day, a young woman appears and Friedrich begins to spend all his time with her. And, somehow, this young woman has a striking resemblance to a figure in a mysterious tapestry found in the Baron estate. Though it was an interesting story, it just felt like it needed something more. I would have liked a little more clarity about who the characters are—particularly the main character—and what their relationships to each other were. The way the story is told, it makes it seem necessary to have a few more of those details. Other than that, it is a splendid update of the original story—very faithful to all the elements of the plot with a more modern twist to them! It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson (3/5) Inspired by “The Cask of Amontillado” In this story, a girl named Cindy plans to get her revenge on a man named Darrell using Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Carnival to cover her tracks. It is clear that Darrel has been harassing her and her family relentlessly for years, though not much detail is given. The Cask of Amontillado is one of my favorite Poe tales and I felt that this was a pretty accurate depiction of the general idea of the story. It unfolds in much the same way as the original and that holding back of details is similar to how Poe tells his version. I think my only real issue was that I couldn’t quite get into Jackson’s writing style. It just didn’t click with me and I felt like there was a little something missing, but overall, it is an accurate retelling. Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton (5/5) Inspired by “Annabel Lee” Gratton transforms this classic poem into a short story about lost lovers. A young lady tells of a girl she loves who has tragically fallen ill and passed away. The narrator mourns her Annabel Lee, reminisces of better times, and feels anger at the intolerant whispers of the locals in this beach town. This was my favorite story in the whole collection—I absolutely adored it. It is both beautiful and utterly heartbreaking and is such a brilliant take on the original poem. Gratton did an amazing job of capturing those feelings of loss and longing that emanate from Poe’s writing. A wholly unique and imaginative retelling! The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig (4.25/5) Inspired by “The Pit and the Pendulum” In this story, a young girl is captured by an infamous serial killer named “The Judge”. He is going to kill her because he believes she has committed many sins and he wants her to confess them before her time comes. While trapped in a cage in his basement, she realizes she will have to determine how to beat him at his own game if she wants to get out alive. This is just begging to be turned into a full-length psychological thriller novel! The one thing I felt it was lacking was a bit more backstory for the main character. There were a number of plot points, specifically about her relationships with a couple other characters, that were only vaguely touched on. The fact that these plot points were brought up in the first place made some more detail necessary in order to fully develop the story. A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones (4.5/5) Inspired by “The Purloined Letter” In this story, society has reached a point where our entire identities are written in a tattoo on our bodies that can be scanned whenever our details are needed. This makes it nearly impossible for a person’s identity to be stolen. However, that very thing has happened, and it is up to our main character to find the missing tattoo. Classic mystery/thriller style plot meets futuristic tech? Sign me up! I absolutely loved this story—it was definitely my kind of thing. Once again, this is another story that I would absolutely love seeing turned into a full novel! Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn (2/5) Inspired by “The Tell-Tale Heart” In this story, we follow a girl who is dealing with a lot of pressure from herself to be the best but is struggling with being a minority in her school. She continuously loses out to a rich, white boy who does not put the same effort into things as she does. As the end of senior year approaches, she will do anything to become valedictorian. The Tell-Tale Heart is another one of my favorite Poe stories. However, I ended up not really liking this retelling. I do think it was very accurate and featured many of the important plot elements from the original. And, while I definitely understand the message Kuehn is trying to convey, I feel that this particular story is just not the right one to use in order to do that. I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel about this one. The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace (N/A) Inspired by “The Raven” This is a blackout poetry version of “The Raven” (one of my favorite poems of all time). Essentially, Lovelace takes the original poem and blacks out portions of the text in order to reveal a new poem that she has created from Poe’s words. Unfortunately, there was an error here with the digital ARC and nothing was blacked out, so I cannot give a rating or review on this one. However, I absolutely love Amanda Lovelace and her poetry is always so beautiful and creative. I am certain I will enjoy reading this when the collection officially releases. Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp (4/5) Inspired by “Hop-Frog” In this story, the children in society who are deemed “crippled” are either being treated unfairly or just left to fend for themselves. There is a tale of the fae coming to gather these children and bring them to a better life that many of them are hopeful is true. We follow a character who was once found and taken in by the fae and who now does the same for others—while also aiding them if they wish to take revenge on those who have wronged them. This one felt like a dark fairytale and I loved that. It was definitely an interesting and unique take on the original story. The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles (5/5) Inspired by “The Oval Portrait” This is the story of a guy named Tariq whose girlfriend has recently been murdered. Suddenly, she is haunting his Instagram feed, her constantly changing image in the oval profile picture helping lead Tariq to discover who has killed her. I had not read The Oval Portrait prior to this but I ended up absolutely loving both versions. Giles definitely captures the highly unsettling nature of the original work using our modern-day portraits—profile pictures. The changing image in the oval filter is described so vividly and the way it is used is truly creepy. Giles did a fantastic job of setting a clear and intense tone and atmosphere in a short amount of time. Red by Hillary Monahan (2/5) Inspired by “The Masque of the Red Death” Despite being familiar with and having studied The Masque of the Red Death, I was honestly quite confused by this story. I couldn’t really figure out what was happening. We follow this mysterious girl with red hair and it is clear that she is some sort of otherworldly being out for revenge. But that’s about all I figured out. There are many references to names used within the original story, such as the bar the girl ends up at having the same name and distinct internal color scheme as the home where the guests are hiding from the plague in Poe’s version. The ending produces the same result as the original text. However, I could not figure out why anything was happening or anything about the girl and what exactly she is. I do have to give Monahan credit for making such a fascinatingly atmosphere setting, though. Lygia by Dahlia Adler (5/5) Inspired by “Ligeia” In this story, our main character loses the girl she is deeply in love with to cancer. Then one day at school, she passes Lygia’s locker only to see a new girl who is somewhat reminiscent of Lygia—reminiscent enough that the narrator begins to do everything she can to make her the spitting image of Lygia. This is exactly the type of story that I love and I desperately wish this was a full-length novel. And that ending! I totally want to hear more of this story. I read the original “Ligeia” alongside this one as I had not read it before and felt that it was a very unique yet accurate retelling. The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde (4/5) Inspired by “The Fall of the House of Usher” Here, we follow twins who, together, are the hacker phenom “Madrik”. They receive an email inviting them to a bank in need of their skills to test their new security system. Once the twins arrive, however, it is clear that something much more sinister is at play. The sci-fi/hacker story nerd in me was very pleased with this one. The only “complaint” I had was that I wish this had been longer. There were so many fascinating pieces of technology I wanted more details on, and I would have loved to hear more of the twins’ backstory. Nevertheless, I thought this was an absolutely brilliant modernization of the original tale. Taking the creepy and inexplicable things that ensnare the house in the original story and transforming them into things like biotech and robotics was so great! The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco (3/5) Inspired by “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” In this story, we follow a transgender girl as she falls in love with a man who takes her on a wild journey. She marvels at his attention to detail and remarkable powers of deduction. After spending days together exploring the area, they find out that a double murder has taken place and they are swept up into the investigation. This kind of had some Sherlock Holmes vibes, which I liked. It was an interesting story, but I never felt like I was all that invested in it or the characters. I think part of it was the writing style. I have read and enjoyed Rin Chupeco’s work in the past, but have also found her writing style a bit difficult to get in to. It was a very faithful retelling of the original, however, with a neat, fantastical twist! Overall, I had a really great time reading this. I definitely very highly recommend giving this collection a go if you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe or any of these wonderful YA authors!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia Ember

    Really great spooky collection. Of all the stories, Emily Lloyd-Jones's A Drop of Stolen Ink was probably my favorite -- a futuristic crime queer take on The Purloined Letter.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    "His Hideous Heart" Edited by Dahlia Adler is a collection of 13 short stories that are retold and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The overall themes include Love and Loss, Grief and Death, Rivalry and Revenge. Edgar Allan Poe's works continue to inspire Young Adults and every reader to this day, even after more than 150 years later. I remember reading Poe in high school and remembering how I felt reading his works. I enjoyed this collection and it is very well curated by Adler. Some of my "His Hideous Heart" Edited by Dahlia Adler is a collection of 13 short stories that are retold and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The overall themes include Love and Loss, Grief and Death, Rivalry and Revenge. Edgar Allan Poe's works continue to inspire Young Adults and every reader to this day, even after more than 150 years later. I remember reading Poe in high school and remembering how I felt reading his works. I enjoyed this collection and it is very well curated by Adler. Some of my favorites are the following: THE NIGHT-TIDE By Tessa Gratton which was inspired by "Annabel Lee" and THE GLITTERING DEATH by Caleb Roehrig inspired by "The Pit and The Pendulum". I recommend this very much for a wonderful collection of short stories with amazing inspiration. Thank you NetGalley, Flatiron Books and authors for sending me a free copy in exchange for my objective and honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Harker

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Content Warnings: Animal death, fire, ableist comments, blood, death (cancer), abuse of a child/teenager Representation: Rep:F/F (Night-Tide), disabled MC (Changeling), MOC/WOC MCs (The Oval Portrait), Portuguese LI (Lygia), trans girl MC & French-Filipino LI (The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay) This list may not be 100% complete, but is compiled to the best of my knowledge. ----- If you're looking for the perfect collection of stories to curl up with, to haunt you into Rating: 4.5 Stars Content Warnings: Animal death, fire, ableist comments, blood, death (cancer), abuse of a child/teenager Representation: Rep: F/F (Night-Tide), disabled MC (Changeling), MOC/WOC MCs (The Oval Portrait), Portuguese LI (Lygia), trans girl MC & French-Filipino LI (The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay) This list may not be 100% complete, but is compiled to the best of my knowledge. ----- If you're looking for the perfect collection of stories to curl up with, to haunt you into the wee hours of the morning and beyond, look no further than this: His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler and contributed to by many more names from across the literary world. Taking inspiration from some of Edgar Allan Poe's most well known works, and from some possibly not so well known, each story or poem collected and reimagined therein is one sure to inspire chilling thoughts as you wonder about where the story will go, what will have changed, and just who you might be cheering for in the end. Thank you to Cat from Flatiron Books for having me on the His Hideous Hearts blog tour. It's been a blast. :) What I Enjoyed The authors within His Hideous Heart took inspiration from a classic source and brought that into modern places. There were elements of desperation and terror and anger and the need for justice that many feel and need. Whether it's someone getting a privilege or an absolution they don't deserve, or another person tearing a character down because of their accent, their heritage...a fragment of a Poe story waits for them within. The eeriness, the elements of the supernatural, the depths of depravity that humans themselves are capable of, all of these facets combine to weave an intense tapestry of stories.  I loved how I was able to find satisfaction in the crafting of these stories. I won't say that they're 100% faithful to the originals, as I haven't read all of the Poe versions, but let's say that the contributors to His Hideous Heart were able to find endings that twisted the themes of the stories, embodied the soul of them, and found wicked beauteous finales. The diversity of the tales was also terrific, much improved over the originals. From the Philippines to Barbadian immigrants to trans girls and more, there was so much to find within these pages. An exceptionally helpful facet of the book, if you've never read the original Poe tales before or if you need a refresher, if that His Hideous Heart includes the corresponding works at the back of this anthology. They're well worth a look because what would this collection be without Poe's classics? What I Didn't Enjoy While normally of fan of amanda lovelace, I wasn't entirely taken with her rendition of The Raven, here entitled The Raven (Remix). It didn't flow smoothly for me and made it difficult to take in amongst all the other stories. To Sum It Up This was one of my favorite anthologies in memory. How often can you say that you enjoyed almost every entry and cannot wait to go back for a reread? I look forward to the publication date of this book and the opportunity to secure the audiobook and experience these tales from a whole new perspective. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Quotes included are from an advanced reader copy and may not reflect the finalized copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leah Hall

    1.5 (FULL DISCLAIMER: I AM an edgar allen poe stan) Oof! i hated it! There are exactly two good things in this book, Kendare Blake and Edgar Allen Poe. Thank god this shitty book includes all his original works, because I need to cleanse my pallet after gargling this shit storm for days straight. Breakdown: She Rode a Horse of Fire: 4.5 It’s Carnival: 3.5 Night-Tide: 3 The Glittering Death: 3.5 A Drop of Stolen Ink: 2 Happy Days, Sweetheart: DNF 0/5 The Raven (Remix): 1 Changeling: 1.5 The Oval Filter: 1.5 (FULL DISCLAIMER: I AM an edgar allen poe stan) Oof! i hated it! There are exactly two good things in this book, Kendare Blake and Edgar Allen Poe. Thank god this shitty book includes all his original works, because I need to cleanse my pallet after gargling this shit storm for days straight. Breakdown: She Rode a Horse of Fire: 4.5⭐️ It’s Carnival: 3.5⭐️ Night-Tide: 3⭐️ The Glittering Death: 3.5⭐️ A Drop of Stolen Ink: 2⭐️ Happy Days, Sweetheart: DNF 0/5 The Raven (Remix): 1⭐️ Changeling: 1.5⭐️ The Oval Filter: 1.5⭐️ Red: 2⭐️ Lygia: 3⭐️ The Fall of the Bank of Usher: DNF The Murders in the Rus Apartelle, Boracay: 2⭐️ the DNFs: Okay, let me just say that i was going through this whole book most excited for The Telltale Heart and The Raven. Happy Days, Sweetheart was the reimagining of The Telltale Heart, so I was pretty excited when I got to it. Boy, was i disappointed. If there’s one thing that turns me off more then anything it’s inserting your shitty political opinion into a book. When the story started out with the narrator discussing how Hillary lost to Trump I knew I couldn’t do it. It’s so unnecessary to bring politics into an anthology for Edgar Allen Poe. I hate everyone who approved this decision and I hate the author (whoever they are) for briefly ruining The Telltale Heart for me (like i said, thank god for the original tales in the back). Okay and my second DNF was The Fall of the Bank is Usher because it was boring... NEXT! My 1-2 Star ratings: None of these were good. They were all boring and not the least bit scary. Shoutout to The Raven remix for being particularly pretentious and bad! The Oval Filter? you also sucked don’t think your getting out of this without an honorable mention! Not scary, not even a HINT of the brilliance Poe displayed in his writings The 3 Stars: They weren’t great but they weren’t bad, okay. Lygia was kinda unsettling and The Glittering Death was creative enough (though incredibly unrealistic (needles need to be inserted into VEINS for them to work YA authors!! you can’t just shove them in anywhere and have the character pass out for ages!!)) But honestly, I can’t complain- compared to the other dumpster fires these were good The Lone 4 Star: Shoutout to my girl Kendare Blake!! You’re cool, you’re amazing, you’re the best writer out of all these authors combined... we been knew. Thank you for blessing me with your story first, you rocked it. Killed the game with an actually creepy story that didn’t completely abandon Poe’s classic work. I love you, never stop writing All together, Kendare Blake and the 3 stars earned this book an extra .5 on my rating. If I could burn the other stories out of my brain forever, I would!

  23. 4 out of 5

    amanda

    I’m part of this book’s blog tour. Check out my blog for full review. Anthologies are fun. Oftentimes they are a miss, some stories lacking the power of the others. Rarely do I find myself completely obsessed with a book of short stories. And retellings? They’re hard to do. This book managed to hold my interest from start to finish and by the end I discovered authors I had never known about before, but now would hopelessly and utterly read more of their work. That is the true sign of a good I’m part of this book’s blog tour. Check out my blog for full review. Anthologies are fun. Oftentimes they are a miss, some stories lacking the power of the others. Rarely do I find myself completely obsessed with a book of short stories. And retellings? They’re hard to do. This book managed to hold my interest from start to finish and by the end I discovered authors I had never known about before, but now would hopelessly and utterly read more of their work. That is the true sign of a good anthology. ‘The marquee behind me proclaims Prospero’s dominion across the night sky.
I do not bother proclaiming mine. ‘ We all are familiar with Edgar Allan Poe’s work but of course there are stories more well known than others. In His Hideous Heart we get a mix of the known and the unknown and the combination is delicious. It’s stark and so well written. The authors and the characters are diverse in all factions. They tell you their story through their stories. There are a handful of narratives that are modernized as they mention Hayley Kiyoko, Iphones, and new slang. They work so very well because each author is fantastic in their own right and while you may think you know the ending, you never do. Some of my favorites are: • The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles • It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson • The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig • Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn All of the stories are great however. You won’t be disappointed in any of the work. Whether its modernized, set in the past, or includes mythical creatures such as fae, eldritches, and monsters, they are all well written and leave you hungry for more. And there is more. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    * I have a story in this collection * And I love it so. Each retelling transforms the way I look at the original, and makes me think.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Owens

    The publisher of this book reached out to me and asked if I would provide an honest review in exchange for an electronic copy. All thoughts & opinions are my own. His Hideous Heart is a short story collection of re-imaginings of Edgar Allen Poe (hereafter referred to as EAP) short stories (and one poem) written by various Young Adult authors. Instead of going story-by-story and giving you a review and synopsis of each, I’m going to talk to you about the highs & lows of the collection. The The publisher of this book reached out to me and asked if I would provide an honest review in exchange for an electronic copy. All thoughts & opinions are my own. His Hideous Heart is a short story collection of re-imaginings of Edgar Allen Poe (hereafter referred to as EAP) short stories (and one poem) written by various Young Adult authors. Instead of going story-by-story and giving you a review and synopsis of each, I’m going to talk to you about the highs & lows of the collection. The first story in this collection that was actually interesting to me was “Night-Tide” by Tessa Gratton, which is based on EAP’s “Annabel Lee.” This story had some mysterious substance to it, and wasn’t just a surface plot-based retelling. The emotion behind this story was made clear through the gorgeous, careful language. It struck a good balance between being original but also referencing its source material. Also yay it’s gay! My only issue with this one was that I was (and still am) unsure about what time period it’s supposed to be set in, which doesn’t really make a difference in terms of how good the story & writing are. I definitely think that Tessa Gratton was the perfect author for this one, and I ended up giving it a 4/5 stars. One of the most disappointing ones to me was “The Glittering Death,” which is the story based on EAP’s “The Pit & the Pendulum.” I am more familiar with “Pit & Pendulum” than I am with any other EAP stories, so I went into this one with high expectations. Unfortunately I just didn’t find this one very chilling, especially in comparison with the original. I didn’t like that the main character, Laura, was part of a “mean girls” type clique at school. It created a gap between me as a reader and her and I couldn’t connect. It all felt superficial and I couldn’t quite buy into the creepiness or dread of her situation & captivity. I ended up rating this story 2/5 stars. Though I didn’t rate it particularly high, I feel the need to talk a little bit about the story “The Oval Filter” – based on EAP’s story “The Oval Portrait.” I had some very overwhelming feelings about it – some positive and some negative – that I’d like to just touch on & point out. My initial reaction to it was that it was gross; the writing style had some very bro-y language in it that was unnecessary. For example, the main character describes his past girlfriend as “Rihanna-esque” and a “bad chick.” It was so very focused on how pleasant her body and features were to him and it was gross to read. And not very professional writing, in my opinion. Just very surface and disappointing. The plot itself though was actually super cool! The way she like, hacked into his phone and controlled it, it was cool and creepy and fun. And the ending was badass! I just wish this story had focused more on the fun mystery plot and the supernatural elements to it than on the flimsy, bad “character development.” I ended up giving it a 2/5 stars. My favorite story of the collection was actually “Changeling,” based on “Hop-Frog.” I didn’t quite know that it was my favorite until I had finished the whole collection and went back through all of my thoughts I had written down to write this review. This story, while not necessarily the “scariest” of the bunch, was the most original, intentional, and well-written of the bunch for me. Despite it being short in length it still managed to be intricate in every way. There was a fleshed-out history & context for the characters and the fantasy world it’s set in. Like I said before, the story was intentional in every way; the word choice seemed thought out and the characters relationships & choices seemed like they served a deliberative purpose. It was confusing in the best way – an authentically mysterious way. Overall it just was a sweet story, which is surprising to say considering the themes and ideas were fairly dark. I gave it 4/5 stars. And all of the others stories were either not memorable or too confusing and should have been longer. Overall I was a bit disappointed in this book as a whole. It wasn’t as spooky as I would have liked, and it seemed all over the place – likely due to the fact that the stories were all written by different authors. At the very least with EAP’s original stories, the voice and vibe of the stories & poems were consistent because the same author was writing them. And I think that’s why I had trouble with this. It was very disorienting and I felt jerked around and like I couldn’t get into anything. And once I did get into it and start to understand it, it was over. I think this was a personal reading experience – I 100% still think that if you like gothic-type books, want something to read for Halloween times, or like EAP, you should definitely give this a try yourself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    When I heard this anthology was announced, it's simple to say I was beyond excited. I love Poe and his works so I was eagerly awaiting for this to be released. It features 13 pieces of writing, all of them reimaginings of Poe's famous short stories and poems by beloved YA authors. I was already familiar with all of the original Poe's works used for inspiration, but I think it was such a good idea to involve them into anthology along with the reimaginings. It made it easy to get familiar with the When I heard this anthology was announced, it's simple to say I was beyond excited. I love Poe and his works so I was eagerly awaiting for this to be released. It features 13 pieces of writing, all of them reimaginings of Poe's famous short stories and poems by beloved YA authors. I was already familiar with all of the original Poe's works used for inspiration, but I think it was such a good idea to involve them into anthology along with the reimaginings. It made it easy to get familiar with the ones you don't know (or revisit some of the favourites in my case). Unfortunately, I'm displeased to say this was rather bad overall. There was one story that completely blew me away with it's magical writing, thoughtful construction and amazing portrayal of grief and loss and that is Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton, which is undoubtedly my favourite out of this collection, and I even read it several times. She took inspiration from Annabelle Lee, setting her historical fiction in a quiet New England resort, in a story about star-crossed lovers and memories that haunt forever. Along with Tessa's story, there were few of them I liked as well, but all of the others were either really bad or plain mediocre. And I'm really sorry to say that, because I expected so much out of this anthology. In the meantime, I'll just continue to re-read Night-Tide and quietly hope that Dahlia's next anthology inspired by Shakespeare will be better that this one. Ratings: 1. She rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake: 3.5 stars 2. It's Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson: 2.5 stars 3. Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton: 5 stars 4. The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig: 2 stars 5. A Drop of Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones: 3.5 stars 6. Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn: 1 star 7. The Raven (Remix) by Amanda Lovelace: 2 stars 8. Changeling by Marieke Nijkamp: 4 stars 9. The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles: 3 stars 10. Red by Hillary Monahan: 1 star 11. Lygia by Dahlia Adler: 4 stars 12. The Fall of the Bank of Usher by Fran Wilde: 1 star 13. The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay by Rin Chupeco: 2 stars Average rating: 2.65

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clare Carter

    I was SUPER excited for this because I really love Edgar Allan Poe, but this was just okay for me. :( Not to say that Edgar Allan Poe's stories weren't good--it was really fun to read so many stories by him that I had never read before, so that part of this anthology was awesome! But tbh all of the short story retellings were just so meh for me. And a lot of them felt REAL similar to Edgar's original tales--not a lot felt changed. Like, usually I have a few five-star stories in anthologies but I was SUPER excited for this because I really love Edgar Allan Poe, but this was just okay for me. :( Not to say that Edgar Allan Poe's stories weren't good--it was really fun to read so many stories by him that I had never read before, so that part of this anthology was awesome! But tbh all of the short story retellings were just so meh for me. And a lot of them felt REAL similar to Edgar's original tales--not a lot felt changed. Like, usually I have a few five-star stories in anthologies but this had like ONE. A lot of 3-star books for me are usually that I liked some elements and didn't like others, but in this case it was just...lackluster (except, of course, again--Edgar). Anyway, here are my individual reviews for each story! "She Rode a Horse of Fire" by Kendare Blake (3/5): this was fine. I remember it being really short and that made it really quickly paced. "It's Carnival!" by Tiffany D. Jackson (3/5): This one was really well-written, it just wasn't my cup of tea, if that makes sense? "Night-Tide" by Tessa Gratton (3.5/5): Yo, this one was great. The reason it's not a higher rating was, like--this needed to be a poem or a much longer story. The end just felt too abrupt! I wanted like an adult romance/drama novella or something. "The Glittering Death" by Caleb Roehrig (4/5): I think I liked this one because it was one of the longer ones, and it was a cool thriller-story. I feel like the end was a bit of a cop-out but the rest of the story was really good. "A Drop of Stolen Ink" by Emily Lloyd Jones (3/5): There were 2 hacker stories in this book and I just...am not a fannnn of hacker storiesssss. I remember liking the little romance in this one though. "Happy Days, Sweetheart" by Stephanie Keuhn (4/5): This one was REALLY well written. Honestly though, I wish this whole anthology had been adult because there was so many places that this story could have gone that it didn't go because it was PG-13. "The Raven (Remix)" by Amanda Lovelace (5/5): This was my only 5-star story. I honestly just need to buy a book of black-out poetry or something because I think it is the COOLEST. "Changling" by Marieke Nijkamp (2/5): I just...didn't like this. It was just boring honestly I'm sorryyyy "The Oval Filter" by Lamar Giles (4/5): Again, this was good but it needed to be a little longer and GO THERE MAN. Why wasn't this ADULT. "Red" by Hillary Monahan (3/5): I really liked the imagery in this story, but like nothing happened??????? It was confusing??? "Lygia" by Dahlia Adler (3/5): This was fine?? iDK. Again, it should have gone that extra mile. I feel like a broken record at this point but a lot of these stories were just so average and I think that's the main reason why. "The Fall of the Bank of Usher" by Fran Wilde (2/5): This story literally made NO sense. It reminded me of these weird sci-fi short stories I had to read for a class I took freshman year of school. Turns out, Fran Wilde has written for anthologies like the one I read out of, so a lot of things made sense lol. "The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay" by Rin Chupeco (4/5): Besides the Raven Remix, this was probably my favorite story. I would have loved it to be longer but I enjoyed the characters and loved the tone. I'm sad because I love the idea of this anthology and Poe is the MAN, but this just needed better development and definitely needed to be upped to some adult content. It felt like the authors really wanted to go there but were restricted by the YA genre, and it's pretty obvious.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess ✩

    Some stories I liked. Most I didn't. I gave about half these stories two stars and I just... so disappointing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily (moonlight&moths)

    ITS OCTOBER AND I'M HERE TO READ SOME POE RETELLINGS!! I LOVED reading this anthology because it was so diverse. I kept freaking out everytime a f/f pairing happened because I didn't know that this book was going to feed me so well. I also loved that this book featured marginalized characters who were able to take power for themselves and kill, steal from, or fight back against their oppressors. Seeing people become empowered in situations where they might have been vilified previously was an ITS OCTOBER AND I'M HERE TO READ SOME POE RETELLINGS!! I LOVED reading this anthology because it was so diverse. I kept freaking out everytime a f/f pairing happened because I didn't know that this book was going to feed me so well. I also loved that this book featured marginalized characters who were able to take power for themselves and kill, steal from, or fight back against their oppressors. Seeing people become empowered in situations where they might have been vilified previously was an interesting perspective and I'm so glad someone wrote it. ♠,.:*:.,♠.,:*:,.♠,.:*:.,♠,.:*:.,♠,.:*:.,♠,.:*:.,♠.,:*:,.♠,.:*:.,♠ She Rode a Horse of Fire (Kendare Blake) ★★★★☆ Haunted homes are my FAVORITE gothic trope. The way the characters talked and their mannerisms all felt so Poe-esque. Blake really captures the spirit of Poe in the story, hands down a spooky read. It's Carnival! (Tiffany D. Jackson) ★★★☆☆ Rep: WOC mc Honestly this story was a little underwhelming. It really didn't do anything new with the story but it did empower a girl to kill someone who harasses her. Night-Tide (Tessa Gratton) ★★★★★ REP: wlw pairing ITS THE POEM OF ANNABEL LEE BUT SAPPHIC. No words can describe how much I LOVED reading this short story. The Glittering Death (Caleb Roehrig) ★★★☆☆ TW: Torture sequences I really really REALLY dislike serial killers. This story chilled me to the bone, especially since I was working a closing shift at my job that night. It was a creative way to tell the story, but the vivid torture really made the story less enjoyable for me. 10/10 for managing to terrify me though... A Drop of Stolen Ink (Emily Lloyd-Jones) ★★★★★ Rep: wlw pairing This was an incredibly clever retelling of the Purloined Letter and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. Happy Days, Sweetheart (Stephanie Kuehn) ★★★★★ Rep: Black-Hispanic mc Without spoiling it, let me just say... THAT ENDING THOUGH The Raven (Remix) (amanda lovelace) ★★★★★ I got chills reading this. Changeling (Marieke Nijkamp) ★★★★☆ Rep: wlw pairing briefly mentioned, disabled mc What's better then a fae found family? A GOTHIC fae found family. The Oval Filter (Lamar Giles) ★★★★☆ Rep: MOC mc, WOC love interest An unique retelling of the original story. Think modern day Poe but if he was a goth, jock. Red (Hillary Monahan) ★★★☆☆ Again this was one of the stories where I felt like nothing revolutionary was done to the retelling. Instead it was just the same story but in a modern day setting. Lygia (Dahlia Adler) ★★★☆☆ Rep: Lesbian mc, Portuguese love interest, lesbian love interest This was an interesting retelling of the story it just also made me feel really cringy the whole time I read it so.... :-/ The Fall of the Bank of Usher (Fran Wilde) ★★★★☆ This is my favorite Poe story so I was a little skeptical while reading this retelling. However I enjoyed Fran's heist spin on the story and I'm really glad that the mold still played a vital part in the decay of the house. This was an excellent sci-fi twist on a classic I love. The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay (Rin Chupeco) ★★★★☆ Rep: trans girl MC, French-Filipino love interest It's like Sherlock Holmes but the only white guys present are the bad ones. The world in this story is so lush and unique. I really want Rin Chupeco to write a full story in this world because those eldritch beasts were super interesting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    When an idea you came up with becomes an actual novel!!!!

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