Monday, March 16, 2015

POE: Stories & Poems

-By John Jude Palencar

Hi, Folks. Sorry I haven’t posted in some time. A few months ago I finished a small project for Easton Press: Poe: Stories & Poems.

One of my earliest memories of the horror genre involves Edgar Allan Poe. I remember the actor Vincent Price playing characters for a number of Poe’s short stories. As a young child I was particularly  terrified of “ The Pit and the Pendulum” story. I even have a Bobble Head of Poe given to me when I was the Artists Guest at the Balticon Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (Poe’s is buried in Baltimore).

Bobble Poe in da house (studio).
This project was a little different than others that I have worked on. It is a Limited Edition book, Slipcase, leather-bound with gold endpapers etc.. The edition is limited to 1200 signed copies. The most grueling part of this project was actually signing 1200 copies. Just try to signing your name one hundred times and you’ll know what I mean.  I was ready for the rubber room when the last box arrived with 600+ signature sheets.

These editions are intended for the serious book collector, meaning they are not cheap. They are presented very nicely and use very high quality printing methods and bindings.

Anyways, here are some rough sketch examples and final art for a few of the images contained in this limited edition. The final art is created in acrylic on a plate finish Strathmore.

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" - sketch

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", Acrylic on board

"Masque of the Red Death" sketch

"Masque of the Red Death", Acrylic on board, 8.50" x 11.00"

Raven sketch - I created a Grim Reaper-like Raven for this story.

"The Raven", Acrylic on board

You may be interested to know that Rick Berry (Dracula) and Caniglia ( Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol) have illustrated the aforementioned limited editions for Easton Press as well.


  1. Stunning of course John. You continue to be my inspiration and aspiration. Come to Spectrum Live so we can meet damn-it.

    1. Hi Bill - Maybe next year we'll get a chance to meet. Hopefully I'll have my financial equilibrium back after assisting with 8 years of college tuition for my two sons. I've only been able to afford to go to one convention a year. Illuxcon is the closest to me in Ohio

      Love your work too!

    2. Right with you John, mine has been Spectrum Live and my gallery stuff but hopefully soon I'll expand. looking forward to it.

  2. So nice to see a post from you, John. It's always a big boost and a pleasure to see your work and your process, and the volume looks fantastic. Wonderful work!

  3. As a long time reader of Poe, and a long time admirer of your work, John, I can't imagine a more perfect paring of art and literature. This is a must have.
    Bravo, well done and thank you.