TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION #1
Classic tales from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft are adapted in Terrier Studios’ first title… Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Taking its name from the first collected works of Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination is an anthology comic where classic tales of madness are given a vibrant new lease of life, with a strong and eclectic mix of art styles from both new talent and established artists.
Poe's classic tales The Tell Tale Heart and The Conqueror Worm are both adapted in this first issue, and that other fine master of horror H. P. Lovecraft is represented by adaptations of his atmospheric Dagon and the terrifying From Beyond. Terrier’s director, and artist on The Tell Tale Heart, William Hazle says “I’ve always been fascinated by comic adaptations of Poe’s work, and wanted to try my hand at one. When I was a kid I had Marvel’s Classic Comics issue of Poe stories and their melodramatic approach really appealed to the ten year old me.” William continues “These stories are timeless and have been retold over and over, and the artists and writers at Terrier are all bringing something new to the table. They have been given free rein to adapt the stories as they see fit, making for a very interesting and varied collection.”
Illustrator Kenneth Anderson has brought his style to the work of H.P. Lovecraft with an adaptation of From Beyond. Explaining the appeal of Lovecraft Kenneth says "I've been a fan of Lovecraft's work for a while and always wanted to try my own adaptation, and this was the perfect opportunity. The story had everything in it that I wanted to draw too - crazy scientists and weird monsters.” On the difficulty of adapting Lovecraft to comics Kenneth adds “Lovecraft's style of writing made adapting it quite difficult - he is very descriptive and wordy - but that was all part of the challenge."
Games industry veteran and illustrator Gary Burley has brought his artistic sensibility to an elegant retelling of Lovecraft’s Dagon, and Bartosz Masiak’s first published work is an atmospheric and horrific interpretation of Poe’s ode to death, The Conqueror Worm. The issue is completed by Kieran O’Connor’s ‘off message’ homage to King Kong, with the first instalment of his Frightful Funnies. When asked for a quote, the ‘frightful’ Mr O’Connor would only say “Banana.”