Hello Readers! For tonights blog post, I am reviewing This and Nothing More, an Edgar Allan Poe collection by Ethereal Visions Publishing. Now, every horror fan, classics fan and Gothic gal out there has read some Edgar Allan Poe (if you haven’t then do so immediately, because you won’t regret it) so I won’t be reviewing his writing because everyone knows he was a massive talent and I don’t have anything bad to say about his writing (and I never will). Instead, I am reviewing this edition of his collected works. I discovered Ethereal Visions Publishing on Instagram and became immediately drawn to their Gothic edginess, the drama of their editions and the stunning Art Deco style of Matt Hughes’ illustrations, so when they offered to gift me their Edgar Allen Poe collection, I was over the moon. So what is the book like?
This is one of those occasions when a book arrives which you anticipated would be beautiful but then when you actually get it in your hands, it exceeds all expectations. Frankly, this edition is a work of art and is officially the most stunning book I own. Let’s begin with the cover. I am a sucker for Gothic drama and this book is dripping it with. The beautiful cover illustration featuring that classic skull and raven combination and gorgeous gold embossed writing to match the shining gold page edges (which are so reflective, you can practically do your makeup in them).
Open that cover and it just keeps getting better and better. Matt Hughes is a real talent and has created the most stunning and ethereal illustrations I have ever seen. Every single image perfectly captures not only its accompanying piece of writing but also the atmospheric, haunting nature of Poe’s writing as a whole. Every single drawing from the loving dedication to his wife on page one, right through to each section title page, is so perfectly drawn and inked. I adore the muted colour palette of washed out pastels alongside the plain black images which look so lovingly sketched. I am officially a massive Matt Hughes fan and must see more of his incredible work immediately. I recommend you follow him and Ethereal Visions publishing on Instagram to see his work in progress and see every drawing coming to life.
The book is divided into three sections: Poems, stories and essays, ensuring the reader gets a wide variety and range of Poe’s work. The selection itself is wonderful and includes some of my absolute favourites such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Premature Burial, The Raven and Lenore. I have never actually read any of Poe’s essays before so it was wonderful to read these, of particular note being A Few Words on Secret Writing. I feel like this book is the perfect introduction to anyone new to the dark world of Edgar Allan Poe or a wonderful edition to an already overflowing Poe collection, a warm welcome home for his current fans.
This book is honestly just stunning- I literally have nothing negative to say about it. If I could frame it and hang it on my wall, I would. The same team is currently working on an ethereal edition of Frankenstein and I am sooooooo excited to see it. Whether you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and gothic literature, or you are a newcomer to the author and genre this is a must own book. I am just going to leave you with the immortal words of Edgar Allan Poe: All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream, and this book is positively dreamy! (Sorry, not sorry).
Check out the cover on their edition of Frankenstein and tell me you aren’t gasping? You can check out more images of the book or preorder your own copy here. I know I definitely NEED a copy!
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