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His Hideous Heart

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  672 ratings  ·  266 reviews
Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel/>Edgar/>
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Dahlia You don't, but if you decide you want to, the original stories these are based on are included in the book!
Dahlia There are in six of the stories - two lesbian, two that don't specifically ID but are in f/f relationships, one bi, and one trans.

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Amy Imogene Reads
Dark, diverse, feminist, eerie, memorable, and twisted—welcome to the new generation of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a lot of fun in here.

In His Hideous Heart, editor Dahlia Adler has compiled a truly impressive shortlist of some of Poe’s most famous tales, reimagined for a 2019 audience. I couldn’t believe how nuanced and imaginative these retellings were, and how eerily similar they felt to their original inspirations. Having the original Poe tales in the back of the collection was such a good call
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Oh... my god... EAP retellings?! Do you guys even know how much I love Edgar Allan Poe?! *screaming intensifies*
May 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: horror, anthologies
You had me at Rin Chupeco and Kendare Blake reimagining Edgar Allan Poe, but then I read the rest of the contributors and almost fainted. This is going to be the best anthology ever. What a blessing.

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 09, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
Shelves: tbr-for-the-gays
hope someone retells the Cask of Amontillado and brings back the meme
Mar 01, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited at how soon this book will be out in the world, and thank you to everyone who's looking forward to it! It is, of course, on the horror side, so, CWs below in the spoiler tags, but, uh, assume a lot of death/murder/revenge; I'm not gonna put those tags in because it's basically every story. (Please note that these are intentional facets of the stories in which they appear. YMMV on how you receive that, but you aren't going to find these things "checked" on the page, only...dealt wi ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

DNF. well, that got old fast


reasons why i will definitely love this book:
1. horror
2. edgar allen poe
3. a fully casted audiobook (WHAT)

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Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed in my October Wrap Up with timestamps for titles in the description bar
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
I also won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so thanks to Flatiron for this!


I heard about this book ages ago and immediately needed it. I just didn't expect to 1) get approved through Netgalley and 2) win a Goodreads giveaway! I haven't won a giveaway on there since 2017. Been ages.

Overall, I was very impressed by this collection. I'm not a huge short story person, but I love Poe. He's a very goo/> ...more
These stories were a lot of fun to listen to. Creepy but satisfying.

Kind of wish I listened to His Hideous Heart back in October.. but eh, details. Why not start off November with a horror bang - right? In this book, you will hear 13 different short stories about Edgar Allen Poe's classic tales.

Luckily for me, I haven't really listened to or read any of this work. Unless it was for school.. which has been a while for me. So it was really interesting to get these unique stories
Emily Lloyd-Jones
Mar 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
I am so excited to be part of this anthology!

(And hopefully I will resist the urge to make Poe-themed puns.)
No rating for now.. wasn't in the mood to read Poe's stories so will put up a full review when I get to them:).

See my status updates for my ratings (DNFed the last story). I enjoyed the stories for the most part but only a handful stuck out for me, with only one that annoyed me and had me wondering how it made it in the collection.

Would recommend, there's a nice variety of stories in here.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Edgar Allan Poe being one of my favorite authors, I couldn't not get this book. Although I'm always wary when it comes to retellings of one of my favorite book or of stories of one of my favorites authors, I still really wanted to read that one. While I haven't been absolutely enchanted by it, it's still a good book, with a nice idea behind it, and I'm pretty sure many people (including others Poe fans) will love it more than I did. Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing writer who influenced so many pe ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I couldn't imagine a book that was more on brand for me. Edgar Allen Poe re-tellings, edited by a fantastic human, full of some of my favorite and most anticipated authors? His Hideous Heart is made for me. I was unbelievably lucky to get an early copy and I devoured it whole. His Hideous Heart retains the magic of anthology, while bringing new life to Edgar Allen Poe. Part of why
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

“Once upon a midnight dreary,
I received a review query,
About this very quaint and curious volume of Poe’s retold lore…”

First off, I have to start by saying I was incredibly tempted to write this entire review as a poem in the style of “The Raven” but, unfortunately (…or perhaps fortunately), I think that far exceeds my creative writing talents.
Julia Ember
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great spooky collection. Of all the stories, Emily Lloyd-Jones's A Drop of Stolen Ink was probably my favorite -- a futuristic crime queer take on The Purloined Letter.
"His Hideous Heart" Edited by Dahlia Adler is a collection of 13 short stories that are retold and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The overall themes include Love and Loss, Grief and Death, Rivalry and Revenge. Edgar Allan Poe's works continue to inspire Young Adults and every reader to this day, even after more than 150 years later. I remember reading Poe in high school and remembering how I felt reading his works. I enjoyed this collection and it is very well curated by Adler. Some of my favorite ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler is an anthology of thirteen classic Edgar Allan Poe tales as reimagined by top YA authors. Needless to say, Edgar Allan Poe is one of my all time favorites so I had incredibly high expectations for this collection with an all new audience in mind. I loved that these talented authors have created such unique takes on these classics, some of which are quite unexpected. It was so much fun to be surprised byreview.
Aug 24, 2019 added it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Content Warnings: Animal death, fire, ableist comments, blood, death (cancer), abuse of a child/teenager


Rep: F/F (Night-Tide), disabled MC (Changeling), MOC/WOC MCs (The Oval Portrait), Portuguese LI (Lygia), trans girl MC & French-Filipino LI (The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay)

This list may not be 100% complete, but is compiled to the best of my knowledge.


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Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m part of this book’s blog tour. Check out my blog for full review.

Anthologies are fun. Oftentimes they are a miss, some stories lacking the power of the others. Rarely do I find myself completely obsessed with a book of short stories. And retellings? They’re hard to do. This book managed to hold my interest from start to finish and by the end I discovered authors I had never known about before, but now would hopelessly and utterly read more of their work. That is the true sign of a good ant
Ashley Owens
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The publisher of this book reached out to me and asked if I would provide an honest review in exchange for an electronic copy. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

His Hideous Heart is a short story collection of re-imaginings of Edgar Allen Poe (hereafter referred to as EAP) short stories (and one poem) written by various Young Adult authors. Instead of going story-by-story and giving you a review and synopsis of each, I’m going to talk to you about the highs & lows of the col
Sara Jovanovic
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: love-it
When I heard this anthology was announced, it's simple to say I was beyond excited. I love Poe and his works so I was eagerly awaiting for this to be released. It features 13 pieces of writing, all of them reimaginings of Poe's famous short stories and poems by beloved YA authors. I was already familiar with all of the original Poe's works used for inspiration, but I think it was such a good idea to involve them into anthology along with the reimaginings. It made it easy to get familiar with the ...more
Jess ✩
Some stories I liked. Most I didn't. I gave about half these stories two stars and I just... so disappointing.
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Mar 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
Uhm, a collection of retellings all based on Poe's writing by a lot of my favorite authors????


And now, of course, I must wait to read this . . .

Uhm, a collection of retellings all based on Poe's writing by a lot of my favorite authors????


And now, of course, I must wait to read this . . .

Mar 12, 2018 is currently reading it
When an idea you came up with becomes an actual novel!!!!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
* I have a story in this collection *

And I love it so. Each retelling transforms the way I look at the original, and makes me think.
Emily (moonlight&moths)
ITS OCTOBER AND I'M HERE TO READ SOME POE RETELLINGS!! I LOVED reading this anthology because it was so diverse. I kept freaking out everytime a f/f pairing happened because I didn't know that this book was going to feed me so well. I also loved that this book featured marginalized characters who were able to take power for themselves and kill, steal from, or fight back against their oppressors. Seeing people become empowered in situations where they might have been vilified previously was an in ...more
Leah Hall
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 (FULL DISCLAIMER: I AM an edgar allen poe stan)

Oof! i hated it! There are exactly two good things in this book, Kendare Blake and Edgar Allen Poe. Thank god this shitty book includes all his original works, because I need to cleanse my pallet after gargling this shit storm for days straight.

She Rode a Horse of Fire: 4.5⭐
It’s Carnival: 3.5⭐
Night-Tide: 3⭐
The Glittering Death: 3.5⭐
A Drop of Stolen Ink: 2⭐
Happy Days, Sweetheart: DNF 0/5
The Raven (Remix): 1⭐
Chasia Lloyd
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Halloween read

Just in time for the season of frights, His Hideous Heart takes familiar Edgar Allan Poe stories and reimagines them across a wide spectrum of genres, sexualities, genders, and ethnicities. My personal faves include Emily Lloyd-Jones's exciting retelling of "The Purloined Letter" and Dahlia Adler's creepy spin on "Ligeia."

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Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer, I had never read any of EAP's works before reading this book. Which if I am being honest made it even more appealing since it had both the original tales and the re-imagined versions. Horror, dark, or creepy stories are not my favorite but since it was SpOoKy season I thought i'd give it a shot. They stories were so very diverse in so many ways and it was so cool to read but it also made it hard for me to get into the book because as soon as I
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardcover, james
Edgar Allen Poe retellings? The concept alone had me hooked. I already wanted to revisit some of his work this season, and this was a great twist on reading the stories alone. In each case I read the original first, and then went back to the first half of the book and read its corresponding retelling. Some definitely worked better than others - My favorites were the reimagining of Annabel Lee and The Pit and the Pendulum, but all were worth a visit.
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Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens and LGBTQReads by night, and a writer of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University series, and Cool for the Summer (Wednesday Books, 2021); a contributor to anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It's a Whole Spiel; the editor ...more