While walking out of the bookstore...

By Johnny Gordon, May 2 2012 03:36PM

I found Edgar Allen Poe's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" illustrated by Harry Clarke. Clarke (1889-1931) was a prolific Irish stained glass artist- his windows can be found in churches all over Europe. It's his attention to detail that astounds me. The characters in his windows have always felt as if they have their own thoughts and personalities.

A section from the St. Flannans Catholic Church in Killaloe, Ireland.

His illustrations are the same. The heavy lidded eyes, the slender fingers, the time consuming adornment...

From Poe's "Morella"

So awesome. I want to be like him when I grow up.

Uh, without the tuberculosis.

So, for $15(!) I picked up the book.

My wife made the kids turn the television off and read a couple of the stories out loud. I haven't read anything out loud in a long time. I picked "The Tell Tale Heart". Jack (9) sat next to me while Rylee (11) and Brynn (17!) listened from the other couch. I forgot how much I like reading to the kids. If this glass thing doesn't work out I might go try out for the theater. Chandra read "The Cask of Amantillado".

I'm not sure how well Jack slept that night.

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