“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.”
Certain types of literature readily invite gorgeous complementary artwork. Classic fairy tales, for instance, have attracted some magnificent illustrations over the centuries. But arguably the most haunting art for literary-literature is that accompanying the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Nearly a century after Harry Clarke’s remarkable 1919 illustrations and shortly after the stunning graphic novel for Lou Reed’s adaptation of The Raven, French artist Benjamin Lacombe illustrated Poe’s Tales of the Macabre (public library) in his signature style of gentle, eerie, endlessly evocative large-eyed creatures.
The result is nothing short of bewitching.
The Lacombe-illustrated Tales of the Macabre is an absolute treat. Complement it with Italian graphic artist Lorenzo Mattotti’s take on The Raven.