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Nightmares in Decay [Paperback]

Harry Clarke
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19 Aug 2010
Often acclaimed as the finest Irish illustrator of all time, Harry Clarke first turned his hand to depicting the works of Edgar Allan Poe around 1914. Poe's work was ideally suited to Clarke, who drew in an intricate style reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley and was fascinated by the weird and macabre. By 1919 Clarke had produced 24 drawings to accompany a new edition of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Nightmares in Decay features full-page reproductions of all 32 of Clarke's Poe illustrations, as well as a lengthy introduction to Clarke by DM Mitchell.

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Oneiros Books (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902197305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902197302
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 21.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Reproductions Avoid 13 Oct 2012
By Tantali
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Being a huge Harry Clarke fan and an equally eager Edgar Allan Poe fanatic, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. However it has turned out to be a massive disappointment - the reproductions are awful; blurry, faded and totally unfitting for the intricacy of Clarke's work. True fans, avoid like the plague!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible reproductions 12 Mar 2012
By Bryce Shelton - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that I have an old hardcover pressing of this book that I have cherished for years. But I bought this paperback so I could have a version to be used essentially as a reference book ( I am an illustrator) without having to navigate through Poe's stories. I was really looking forward to this book but I became very disappointed once I looked inside to find Clarke's illustrations washed out, blurry and too light (the blacks are more a dark gray). Its appalling that they wouldn't treat such beautiful, intricate work with the reproduction level that it deserves. Do not get this, instead get the original or repro of the Poe anthology, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Reproduction Quality 20 Jun 2013
By Saintanp - Published on Amazon.com
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The reproduction quality is terrible. All the imagery is low resolution and printed poorly (hard to notice in the enticing video review of the book). The entire book is washed out and every image is soft. Since so much of Clarke's style is devoted to fine detail line work it makes the book not worth the purchase; all that fine detail is reduced to fuzzy grey visual noise. I do like the concept of the book: focusing on Clarke's illustrations with the only printed text being that relevant to the specific image on the page. It's a nice idea to have a book that focuses exclusively on the artwork and would make for a great reference volume in theory. Unfortunately, this cheap poorly produced attempt is really not worth the money (even considering how cheap it is). I agree with the other reviewers - spend the extra money and buy the Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Calla Editions) or really pony up and go for one of Clarke's expensive hardcover monographs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a frustrating book! 29 Aug 2013
By Brandi Weed - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't find the reproductions as bad as some did (though the tailpieces seemed to suffer a softness that might have been the result of an image-enlarging algorithm), but I really did NOT like the lack of captions on some of the artwork-- in particular, the non-Poe pieces that dot the introduction. I kept thinking "That's pretty-- what's it from? Why won't you tell me?!" I also think it would've benefited from being slightly larger-- another inch or two of height and width might have made details stand out even better.

It does, however, avoid a 1-star rating because it showed me the jaw-dropping 1918 illustration for "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Good lord, I'd thought the 1914 version was grisly-- the 1918 one would do EC's "Ghastly" Graham Ingels proud! (Perhaps it influenced him...)

Addendum: There is a black and white illos titled "The Colloquy of Monos and Una" that is in *some* more recent reprints of Tales of Mystery and Imagination (such as the 1985 version from Chancellor Press) but not others (such as Arcturus' or Fall River's editions). It would have been nice if this book had resolved the ambiguous provenance of that piece.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Print Resolution 3 July 2014
By Gozer the Gozerian - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has an Introduction which provides a 15-page bio of Harry Clarke with sample illustrations. The remainder of the book compiles his black & white illustrations from his major poems, with accompanying excerpts.. nicely presented. There is also an 8-page collection of colored works, and a few minor illustrations towards the end.

I might have given this 5 stars, but the print resolution was horrendous, and resemble that of a newspaper or a bad photocopy.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It! 1 Aug 2014
By Robert R. - Published on Amazon.com
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This could've been a great little book if it wasn't for the terrible printing. The format and the petite size are nice, but Clarke's magnificent line work is all but lost in the cheap paper texture. Those of us who are familiar with Dover art books can attest to their great reproduction quality for a relatively low price. This book, by Creation Oneiros, costs more than twice the amount of any Dover. The color reproduction quality is as expected, since the source material is a reproduction itself. Just go out and buy the Calla edition, at a higher price, and get all of Poe's text as well. Even the edition available at any Barnes & Noble is better than this. I figured I'd save a bit of shelf space, since I own many different Poe editions, and just get the Clarke art. Live and learn but, somehow, I never seem to.
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