iPoe: Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Horror and Suspense on iPhone / iPad
iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection
Celebrate Halloween this year with some classic horror updated for the 21st century. iPoe brings four of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales to the iPhone and iPad in an interactive book with sounds, pictures and animation.
The Oval Portrait, The Tell Tale Heart, Annabel Lee and The Masque of the Red Death are brought to life as the reader turns pages of digital parchment illustrated with drawings and animations by David Garcia Fores. There are fun and interactive elements such as items lying over pages that must be moved around to read the text underneath. There are shocking animations that accentuate the twists and horrific revelations of these classic tales. All this is accompanied by a haunting soundtrack by Teo Grimalt.
The app runs smoothly apart from a slight delay in pages turning sometimes. It is available in English, French and Spanish and in addition to the stories there is a biography and a sketchbook where you can use your finger to colour in David Garcia Fores’ illustrations.
The app takes advantage of touch devices’ capabilities to create an interactive experience somewhere between a book, movie and computer game. The artwork is beautiful and the music and animation certainly enhance the stories. It is a fun introduction to Poe’s tales and an exciting way to experience them again. Further volumes are planned and there are many more works by Poe that offer themselves to digital enhancement.
On the other hand, Edgar Allan Poe was a powerful story teller whose writing has conjured vivid and terrifying scenes in the minds of his readers for over one and a half centuries without the embellishment of multimedia technology. This new technology will introduce Poe’s work to a wider audience, but however beautiful the illustrations and however slick and mind blowing the music and animation it will never eclipse the genius of the writing in its original unadulterated form.
Enjoy this app but remember Poe’s tales are best when told beside a roaring log fire or read from a dusty old book by candlelight.
iPoe is available from the App Store price:$1.99
- iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4
- iPoe 2 - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection
A second app iPoe 2 with more stories is now available.