Poe Visualized by Harry Clarke
From the 1919 deluxe edition of Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Harry Clarke reached deep into those dark, flinching corners underneath the bed and ripped out the grotesque horrors that lurked within, creating these macabre illustrations that accompanied Poe’s disturbing classics like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and the “The Telltale Heart” perfectly. In the same vein as Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark monstrosities decades later, these illustrations are sufficient evidence that while some stories can be even more frightening when left to your imagination, it takes a truly visceral artist to give those shadows form and really scare the bejeezus out of you.
SEVEN YOUNG LADIES STAND BEFORE ME … BUT I ONLY HAVE SIX PHOTOS IN MY HANDS.
AND THESE PHOTOS … REPRESENT THE GIRLS … WHO ARE STILL IN THE RUNNING TOWARD BECOMING … AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.
I’M KIDDING, OBVIOUSLY. NONE OF YOU ARE TALL ENOUGH FOR RUNWAY WORK, PLUS I DON’T HAVE HANDS. NOW GET OUT OF HERE AND GO PLAY IN THE YARD. I NEED TO TAKE A LITTLE NAP.
Fans might think that’s even more reason why Hermione should end up with Harry — but Rowling said she always knew that Ron and Hermione were meant to be together, just as she thought Harry and Ginny were meant to be together. “I thought it was obvious, but apparently there are Internet wars about this,” she said. “And they get very vicious.” Rowling said she was unaware of the shipping wars for years, until someone suggested she take a look at the fan sites. “It was scary!” So many readers wanted Hermione and Harry to be a couple, Rowling said, that “I got hate mail … from adults! Not people your age. You at least understood.”
And for those who didn’t, she explained. “Harry and Ginny are real soul mates,” she said. “They’re both very strong and very passionate. That’s their connection, and they’re remarkable together. Ron and Hermione, however, are drawn to each other because they balance each other out. Hermione’s got the sensitivity and maturity that’s been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun. They love each other and they bicker a bit, but they enjoy bickering, so we shouldn’t worry about it.”
I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.
I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.
I have just returned and I still like words.
May I have a few with you?
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BACK OFF, DICKBAG! STAMP CLUB MEETING! I RESERVED THIS BENCH TWO WEEKS AGO!
DON’T TAKE ANOTHER STEP UNLESS YOU WANT TO FEEL A BLADE.
WHAT ARE YOU, CHESS CLUB? COLOR GUARD? JUST KIDDING I DON’T CARE! WALK AWAY SLOWLY AND YOU’LL WALK AWAY AT ALL!
WE SPECIFICALLY BLOCKED OUT 2-4PM. SPECIFICALLY.
WE SPECIFIED THE SHIT OUT OF THAT TIMEFRAME!
SO IF YOU’RE NOT A PHILATELIST YOU NEED TO BOUNCE.
YOU NEED TO TELL IT WALKING! WE’VE GOT PERFINS TO ANALYZE!
THEY’RE PERFORATED INITIALS, MEANT TO DISCOURAGE THEFT. FIRST USED BY GREAT BRITAIN IN 1868, PERFINS BECAME QUITE COMMON. MANY COUNTRIES USE THEM TO DENOTE OFFICIAL MAIL. FOR EXAMPLE, VARIOUS FEDERAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES USE PERFINS-
BRIAN, SHUT UP! THEY’RE NOT IN THE CLUB!
THAT’S RIGHT, DRAG IT. DRAG THAT LONG, SEXY ASS.
OH MY GOD, MOM. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?
YOUR FATHER HAS A VERY NICE BACKSIDE. I’M COMMENTING ON IT.
THAT’S SO GROSS. YOU’RE GROSSING ME OUT. DAD, TELL HER SHE’S BEING A SICKO.
HONEY, YOU’RE BEING “A SICKO” AND UPSETTING SAMUEL WITH YOUR COMPLETELY ACCURATE REMARK ABOUT HOW GREAT MY ASS IS.
I’M NOT SORRY.
YOU HEAR THAT, CHAMP? YOUR MOTHER IS UNREPENTANT. SHE’S A WOMAN OF STRONG CONVICTIONS, AND I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THAT.