When I was a kid I used to curl up with old Tales from the Crypt comics I had snuck from my Uncle. A blanket over my head, reading by flashlight, I tried not to make a sound as I knew I wasn’t supposed to be reading these at such a young age. Taboo has always been a fundamental element to horror.
Well, sorry to get all personal on you; lets dive into Edgar Allen Poe’s: The Premature Burial as adapted by Richard Corben. The comic is actually two stories for your money which is kind of nice–both decent portrayals of some fairly famous works by Edgar Allen Poe.
The first story is about a necrophiliac man plotting to kill his wife, so right away you know this comic isn’t going to hold back any punches. Corben does the art as well as the writing and his style reminds me of some of those old Tales from the Crypt stories I mentioned earlier. Everything is dark, full of grotesque faces and a healthy dose of nudity (because like I said taboo and horror go hand in hand). The first story doesn’t exactly have a coherent plot, its more akin to a nightmare which makes sense considering the source material was more or less just Edgar Allen Poe’s essay about how horrible it would be to be buried alive.
The second story features another premature burial and has a more coherent storyline, this one based off the classic “The Cask of Amontillado” about a man’s revenge on another with horrifying ending. All in all the stories don’t match Poe’s quality of wordplay but as pure pulp they can’t be beat.
The fear of being buried alive is a tale which attracts readers because it asks us to be put in the place of the dead. To empathize with how alone and trapped they must feel. So, if you dare, pull a blanket over your head, light up a flashlight and try not to make a sound when you pick up Edgar Allen Poe’s: The Premature Burial by Image next week.
Final Verdict 7/10. Recommended but only if you are into pulp horror.