Art Discovery! Harry Clarke’s Creepy Edgar Allen Poe Illustrations


Just in time for Halloween, here are some super creepy illustrations for you! Illustrator and stained glass artist Harry Clarke (1889-1931) produced these incredibly-detailed images for Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, published in 1919 by George G. Harrap & Co. In 1923, the publisher released an expanded edition with color plates.

Clarke does an excellent job of representing the heavy and oppressive nature of Poe’s stories through overwhelming busy patterns, the liberal use of black, and facial expressions. He often declines to portray a literal scene, rather taking a psychologically representative approach instead.

I found these images at (which has larger images). The illustrations below are the least disturbing of the collection. If you’re sensitive to gore, horror, or the grotesque, I urge you to not visit that page, and absolutely don’t go in search of the color illustrations because they’re even worse.

I don’t know which stories most of these are from, so if you do, let me know in the comments!

Detail from the above
from “The Cask of Amontillado”
I’m going to assume “A Descent into the Maelström”

Detail from the above


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