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Steampunk: Poe


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Zdenko Basic is the illustrator of many books for children including Seven Sorcerers, The Dream Dealer, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He is the director of the critically acclaimed short film Guliver, and works as a costume and set designer for the Merlin Theater. He was the recipient of the 2008 Grigor Vitez award for Best Illustration in Children's Books and also the 2009 Croation Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for Best Young Artist. Manuel Sumberac has often worked in conjunction with Zdenko Basic to create works of art, including the short film Guliver. He has co-illustrated a number of children's cover illustrations for books including 13 Curses and Hidden Kingdom. He recently served as the sole director and producer of the short film Escargot. He attends school in Zagreb, Croatia.


James Floyd Kelly, Wired "If you've read little to nothing of Edgar Allan Poe, this hardback collection is a nice introduction to a good mix of his styles (comedy, horror, detective). And the text has not been edited - you'll find Poe's typical style of writing that often involves sentences that can run into almost complete paragraph-length descriptions...My steampunk library grows constantly, and while there are many books on my shelf that I've enjoyed over the years, only a small number exist that I'll reach for in years to come for a re-read. Steampunk Poe is one of those." Teen Librarian's Toolbox "The marriage of Poe and steampunk is genius; if ever there was a writer that fit right in with the steampunk genre it would be Poe... 4 Stars" Montreal Gazette "Basic and Sumberac find details that inspire atmospheric steampunk images...lavishly coloured and stylized..."

Gr 10 Up-In this collection, Poe's words remain the same, but the vision is new. From hot-air balloons to top hats to intricate decor and architecture, these stories and poems are enhanced by steampunk illustrations. These images, replete with clockwork trimmings, bring to the classic tales a new dimension of a history that never was. The mask that Death wears in the short story "The Masque of the Red Death" and the poem "The City in the Sea" is a gas mask. The old man's pale blue eye that drives the narrator to murder in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a mechanized contraption that adds an especially eerie dimension to the murder victim himself. And the spectacles refused by the vain narrator of the comedic "The Spectacles" become the iconic steampunk goggles. The splash of riotous red in the otherwise gloomy illustrations for "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" brings a joyful sense of mayhem to the story of the insane asylum run amok. Perhaps even the most reluctant of students might be persuaded to give these wonderfully illustrated tales a try. Poe would be pleased. Fun!-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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