Striking new Edgar Allan Poe collection

mongeon-poe.jpgBoing Boing readers are interested in Edgar Allan Poe (examples 1, 2, 3, and 4), so I suspect you'll want to be the first to know about 4 by Poe, an upcoming collection of four Poe stories designed and illustrated by Eric Mongeon. Mongeon is best-known 'round these corners as a fabulous magazine designer and art director (and as the man behind the look of a record that's particularly close to me), and this is a new project for him, although one that has haunted him since design school. Each story will be published quarterly as an individually-bound limited-edition softcover volume. Mongeon promises surprises:
"4 by Poe isn't going to be yet another cinderblock tome, printed on crummy paper, typeset by a designer who dares you to actually read the text, and embellished by an illustrator who operates from a safely detached position of irony. This is going to be an illustrated collection for us grown-ups. One that approaches Poe's stories of murder, mystery, and mayhem on their own beautiful, sensationalistic terms. One that highlights the black humor, celebrates the philosophical insights, and yes, revels in the violence ... Poe's deviants lived in the real world, and that's how I'm going to show them."
Subscribe. I just did. 4 by Poe: A collection of four short stories by Edgar Allan Poe


  1. Ouch, I wish you’d shown the price to subscribe in the post.

    I clicked through quite excited to subscribe and now this college student is a bit crestfallen.

    Worth it, I’m sure, if you can afford it.

  2. Looking at that picture of Poe, it just occurred to me: if they ever do a biopic, Bill Murray would make an awesome Edgar Allan.

    “Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! — tear up the planks! — here, here! — varmint poontang!”

  3. John Astin, known best as the first actor to portray “Gomez Addams” is very heavily inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Ergo, if he would be up to it, I can think of n one else who I’d like to see play Poe. Due to the current unavailability of a time machine, however, I would also go with Glenn Taranto, an actor influenced by Astin. But Bill Murray does not sound bad either.

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