Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA – Edgar Allan Poe just lost everything.
His dead wife is haunting him in his dreams, his latest book has
bombed, and the imagination that fueled his stories has become a
curse. His prayer to never dream again is answered one evening as he
falls asleep in an outhouse. His discarded creativity takes the form
of his dream child, Edgar Allan Poo, who must now undergo a strange
odyssey through the poet’s troubled mind. This August, Shadowline
presents a twisted glimpse into the dream life of America’s greatest
fantasist in Dwight L. MacPherson & Thomas Boatwright’s unusual epic
THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO!
“By starting with the metaphor that Poe wants to discard his life and
creativity, we open a door into his incredible imagination at its
most troubled,” explains writer Dwight MacPherson. “Though we’re
irreverent, this isn’t scatological humor, but a surreal tribute to
one of America’s greatest writers told in a form that readers of all
ages can enjoy.”
Thomas Boatwright complements MacPherson’s script with lush paintings
reminiscent of classic Children’s book illustrators. “Thomas does an
incredible job bringing Poe’s imagination to visual life,” says
Shadowline chief Jim Valentino. “He shows us a world filled with
fantastic beasts, strange gods, and frightening landscapes that
really capture the feelings that Poe evoked so strongly in his work.”
A dark and beautiful fantasy in the tradition of Pan’s Labyrinth, THE
SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO will mesmerize readers of all
ages with its wholly original take on America’s original gothic master.
THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO ships this August, and is
available in Diamond Previews (JUN071887). It is a full-color 96-
page book in the 8.5″ x 11″ format similar to Image’s hit book THE
WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. It is available for order through Diamond
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