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Creepy Vintage Illustrations from Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’

There isn’t much that’s creepier than the atmosphere of an Edgar Allan Poe story. For the past two centuries, his work has been sending chills down our spines and taking our minds to places that we can barely glimpse into for fear of being sucked into darkness. When the 1923 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination was published, it helped to define the career of the Irish illustrator who brilliantly captured the terror inherent in Poe’s work – Harry Clarke. Clarke’s illustrations are rife with fear and uncertainty, but they are at the same time whimsical and delicate. There is a darkness that creeps out of these images, grabbing you by the throat and dragging you into the abyss. Clarke’s work definitely captures the power of Poe’s storytelling, and made this edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination highly sought after for collectors. Below check out a collection of his pieces created for classic stories like The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Pit and The Pendulum and more.



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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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