Free Interactive Comic Book: Poe’s “Pit and the Pendulum”

First came the stop motion film. Now comes the inter­ac­tive dig­i­tal com­ic book that gives you a mod­ern take on Edgar Allan Poe’s clas­sic hor­ror sto­ry, “The Pit and the Pen­du­lum.” (Find Poe’s orig­i­nal text here or lis­ten in audio here.) The dig­i­tal Pit and the Pen­du­lum com­ic book is the brain­child of Marc Lougee and Susan Ma, who have lay­ered infor­ma­tive links, QR codes and social media into their visu­al design, adding a new mea­sure of inter­ac­tiv­i­ty to the tra­di­tion­al com­ic book expe­ri­ence. To get the most out of the expe­ri­ence, you will need to down­load a good PDF read­er and QR code read­er. Find those resources here. And, on a relat­ed note, don’t for­get to watch anoth­er favorite of ours: the 1953 ani­mat­ed film ver­sion of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” nar­rat­ed by James Mason. A clas­sic!

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