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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