Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.
Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in both Edgar Allan Poe's classic tales, and in the 13 unique and unforgettable ways that they've been brought to life.
Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining “Ligeia”), Kendare Blake (“Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), amanda lovelace (“The Raven”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).
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|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel (Knopf, 2019), and His Hideous Heart (Flatiron Books, 2019), which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Tiffany D. Jackson
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anthologies are fun. Oftentimes they are a miss, some stories lacking the power of the others. Rarely do I find myself completely obsessed with a book of short stories. And retellings? They’re hard to do. This book managed to hold my interest from start to finish and by the end I discovered authors I had never known about before, but now would hopelessly and utterly read more of their work. That is the true sign of a good anthology. We all are familiar with Edgar Allan Poe’s work but of course there are stories more well known than others. In His Hideous Heart we get a mix of the known and the unknown and the combination is delicious. It’s stark and so well written. The authors and the characters are diverse in all factions. They tell you their story through their stories. There are a handful of narratives that are modernized as they mention Hayley Kiyoko, Iphones, and new slang. They work so very well because each author is fantastic in their own right and while you may think you know the ending, you never do. Some of my favorites are: The Oval Filter by Lamar Giles It’s Carnival! by Tiffany D. Jackson The Glittering Death by Caleb Roehrig Happy Days, Sweetheart by Stephanie Kuehn All of the stories are great however. You won’t be disappointed in any of the work. Whether its modernized, set in the past, or includes mythical creatures such as fae, eldritches, and monsters, they are all well written and leave you hungry for more. And there is more. Included in the book are the original tales by Edgar Allan Poe which are fun to read and cross reference. I really like how they included that because it’s two books in one! Now, I don’t have to hunt for my old collection of Poe. The future is ours, these stories are ours. It’s creative and fun to delve into the mind of one of the greatest horror writers in history and make it our own. From betrayal, lost love, and murder His Hideous Heart takes the best out of this current array of talented authors and siphons it directly into our veins, brains, and heart. Multitudes upon dark multitudes. You absolutely love to see it. . Please be sure to follow this blog tour on all its stops. And please remember that ravens have a long memory. Never cross them. Thank you very much to the publisher for this opportunity as well as my ARC and physical copy of my book. All opinions are my own.
"His Hideous Heart" Edited by Dahlia Adler is a collection of 13 short stories that are retold and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The overall themes include Love and Loss, Grief and Death, Rivalry and Revenge. Edgar Allan Poe's works continue to inspire Young Adults and every reader to this day, even after more than 150 years later. I remember reading Poe in high school and remembering how I felt reading his works. I enjoyed this collection and it is very well curated by Adler. Some of my favorites are the following: THE NIGHT-TIDE By Tessa Gratton which was inspired by "Annabel Lee" and THE GLITTERING DEATH by Caleb Roehrig inspired by "The Pit and The Pendulum". I recommend this very much for a wonderful collection of short stories with amazing inspiration. Thank you NetGalley, Flatiron Books and authors for sending me a free copy in exchange for my objective and honest review.
I had actually never read any of Poe's work before picking up this book. I was excited about the authors that were contributing their own retellings and His Hideous Heart was definitely worth the excitement. I read these stories side by side with the original inspiration and it was a great experience. Even though there was a few of Poe's stories that I couldn't really get into, the new stories were interesting and kept my attention when Poe couldn't. One example is "The Glittering Death" By Caleb Roehrig. Roehrig's story was inspired by "The Pit and the Pendulum" and while I gave up on Poe's story about half way through, "The Glittering Death" was one of my favorites. Some of my favorites: * Night-tide (inspired by Annabel Lee) * Happy Days, Sweetheart (inspired by The Tell-Tale Heart) * The Oval Filter (inspired by The Oval Portrait) My favorite thing about this anthology is that while I chose to read the original tales to get context for these stories, you don't have to. Each story stands perfectly well on its own. It doesn't matter if you're an Edgar Allen Poe fan or if you're coming to these stories never having read Poe in your life. This will be a perfect introduction to Poe for young adults that they will very much enjoy.
His Hideous Heart is a very strong compilation of works that aim to modernize several original Edgar Allen Poe stories. Poe stories that get the modern treatment include "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-tale Heart," and "The Raven." In addition to the modernized works, the original stories are published in the back of the edition for reference (I did not read these for this review.) I'm not a huge short story person and fairly selective about young adult fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised that the majority of stories found in this collection are smart and compelling. Most of them really capture the tone of an Edgar Allen Poe story perfectly. Stand-out favorite stories include "It's Carnival" and "Night-Tide," but must of these are rated at least four stars if I were to rate them individually. The least strong stories in the collection in my opinion were the last two, which is a shame because I always want to leave a short story collection on a high note. But even these are good and worth reading. Thank you NetGalley and Flatiron Books for my free review copy. All opinions are my own.
As with most anthologies, I love and hate them. It's rare to find an anthology where I love all of the stories and I'm not shocked that I didn't love all the stories in this one. I recommend reading all the original prose before diving in. I hadn't read some of his prose in a while, or ever, and I think not reading the original work first hurt my ability to love some of these. His Hideous Heart is a dark and delicious twist on Edgar Allen Poe's gothic masterpieces. Some of these stories creeped me out so much I had to stop reading them before bed. I didn't love all of these stories but a lot of them got under my skin or were just delightfully dark. These all did Mr. Por's work justice and I loved seeing the different interpretations of his prose, especially those through a modern lens. I sincerely think this anthology would make Mr. Poe very happy. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flatiron Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*