Classic tales from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft have been given a horrific comic book makeover – just in time for Halloween.
Created by independent games and comics publisher Terrier, which employs students from Dundee and Angus College, Tales of Mystery and Imagination sees classic stories given a vibrant new lease of life with an eclectic mix of art styles from both emerging and established artists.
Reworked versions of Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart and The Conqueror Worm as well as Lovecraft’s Dagon and From Beyond are introduced by Scotland’s very own ghoulish creation the Tattybogle Man in the graphic novel.
Releasing a limited edition print run of the anthology as well as making the tome available for digital readers on Amazon’s Kindle, Tales of Mystery and Imagination mark Terrier’s first commercial released with a second planned for November.
William Hazle, Terrier director and artist on The Tell Tale Heart, said: "I’ve always been fascinated by comic adaptations of Poe’s work, and wanted to try my hand at one.
"When I was a kid I had Marvel’s Classic Comics issue of Poe stories and their melodramatic approach really appealed to the ten year old me."
He added: "These stories are timeless and have been retold over and over, and the artists and writers are all bringing something new to the table. They have been given free rein to adapt the stories as they see fit, making for a very interesting and varied collection."
Illustrating the retelling of From Beyond, Kenneth Anderson explained: "I've been a fan of Lovecraft's work for a while and always wanted to try my own adaptation and this was the perfect opportunity.
“The story had everything in it that I wanted to draw too - crazy scientists and weird monsters."
Tales of Mystery and Imagination also features games industry veteran and illustrator Gary Burley who created an elegant retelling of Dagon for the graphic novel, and Dundee and Angus College graduate Bartosz Masiak, whose first published work sees Poe’s ode to death The Conqueror Worm given an atmospheric and horrific interpretation.