Edgar Allan Poe - The Horror Gamebook: the review of the game book

Edgar Allan Poe - The Horror Gamebook: the review of the game book

Edgar Allan Poe - The Horror Gamebook

The month of May 2021 brought us two game books inspired by the works of an immortal master of horror literature, Edgar Allan Poe, a name that will hardly be unknown to the public. One of these is the namesake "Edgar Allan Poe - The Horror Gamebook", by Valentino Sergi. After his previous work “The Necronomicon Gamebook” in two parts, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the other authors of the Myths of Cthulhu, Sergi has chosen to adapt some of Poe's works to interactive literature.

In particular, some of Poe's best known tales of terror have been selected: King Plague, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Well and the Pendulum, The Mask of the Red Death, The Revealing Heart, The Black Cat, The Premature Burial and the inevitable poem The Crow.

Funded by a successful kickstarter campaign , The Horror Gamebook is a game book available in print and digital version.

The thrill master

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 to two wandering actors who died shortly after birth of his son, who was then raised by a certain John Allan, a rich merchant of Richmond. Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he studied the classics, Italian, French and Spanish; however, he led a dissolute life, addicted to alcohol and gambling, so much so that his adoptive father refused to continue supporting him.

Forced to leave university and in financial difficulty, Poe moved from an aunt in Baltimore, where she continued to be interested in literature, finding work as an editor at Southern Literary Messenger magazine. He finally had the opportunity to devote himself to a literary career, as well as to marry his very young cousin, Virginia Clemm.

The Pale Blue Eye: Harry Melling to play Edgar Allan Poe

Harry Melling, who is best known for playing Dudley in the Harry Potter movies, has signed on to play a young Edgar Allan Poe in director Scott Cooper's Gothic serial killer horror-thriller The Pale Blue Eye. Netflix holds the worldwide rights to the project, which is being produced and financed by Cross Creek. Melling joins the previously announced Christian Bale in the cast. 

Based on a novel by Louis Bayard (pick up a copy HERE), The Pale Blue Eye will follow 

the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bale will play a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.

Here's the description of Bayard's novel: 

At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man's heart. Augustus Landor—who acquired some renown in his years as a New York City police detective—is called in to discreetly investigate. It's a baffling case Landor must pursue in secret, for the scandal could do irreparable damage to the fledgling institution. But he finds help from an unexpected ally—a moody, young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The strange and haunted Southern poet for whom Landor develops a fatherly affection, is named Edgar Allan Poe.

Cooper and Bale have worked together before, on Out of the Furnace and Hostiles. They're producing The Pale Blue Eye with John Lesher and Tyler Thompson.

Melling seems like a good choice for Poe, I look forward to seeing how he plays the role. 

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