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The foreword by Roger Corwin, who brought many of Poe's tales to the screen, characterizes this anthology as "fresh interpretations" to "recast the tales for a modern audience, applying Poe's themes to contemporary conflicts and moral ambiguities." Indeed, "The Fall of the House of Usher" shows us a fading rock star's last days, "The Oval Portrait" an obsessed photographer, "The Masque of the Red Death" the sleazy emcee of a comic con, and "The Pit and the Pendulum" the penumbra of a terrorism-fearful society. The most intriguing plot variation occurs with "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in a futuristic setting, where a court-appointed personal optronic encoder-basically, an android-assists detective Dupin in uncovering an "en-gram mind transfer" motivating an unwittingly homicidal ape. All of the stories are well drawn to unsettling effect, evoking a semblance of Poe's atmospheric build-ups, but several seem to end too fast with plot revisionings that do not quite satisfy. With horror more implied than presented and a discreet sex scene, this is recommended for older teens and up. It's also good fodder for classes in graphic narrative.