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His Hideous Heart

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,750 ratings  ·  527 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, reade
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!…moreYou don't, but if you decide you want to, the original stories these are based on are included in the book!(less)
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. …moreThere 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. (less)

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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—I
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: anthologies, horror
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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Elle (ellexamines)
Apr 09, 2018 marked it as tbz
Shelves: x-tbr-lgbtq
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
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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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Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to admit it, my 3 stars rating is me being kind and appreciating young authors for trying, not because I'm happy with the stories.

Okay, there are plenty of stories which are decent, but they are only just this, decent, not outstanding or chilling, like tales inspired by Poe should. Therefore, if this book managed to encourage more people to read those classical Poe's weird tales at the last half of the book, then I'm more than glad. Poe's masterpieces never disappointed.

To be honest, I al
Caidyn (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 good author, even if I don't enjoy
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 a try. Then on top
Ashley Daviau
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved everything about this collection of short stories, from start to finish! I was a little hesitant to read it at first because I love Poe so much and I was worried about what would be done to his stories. Those fears were completely unfounded and I adored it. The authors did such a good job of breathing new life into Poe’s classics and making them feminist and diverse and inclusive and it was just breathtaking. It's difficult for me to pick a favourite story out of the bunch, ea ...more
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.)
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Overall, I wasn't disappointed by this . . . but I thought it would be better?? Feel more Poe-inspired? Some stories hit that vibe just right though, which is why I don't feel completely let down by this. ...more
Oct 17, 2019 added it
Recommended to TL by: Caidyn (he/him/his)
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.
2 stars

So I wrote some notes for each story as I was reading, but when I got to the end I realised most of them said the same kind of things: boring/flat/forgettable. Maybe it would’ve gone over better if I was a huge Poe fan, but I’ve only read a few of his works. Despite this, I still felt like there was something missing from many of these stories. Not a single one was scary — even the serial killer one, which was downright cartoonish and made me laugh (this clown literally wears dark robes
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
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3.5 Stars

**** Huge thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****

General Trigger Warnings: Violence, Gore, Murder, & Death
Story specific triggers will be listed with the story below!

I have to say when I first heard about an anthology of contemporary Edgar Allan Poe retellings, I was absolutely pumped! And while there were definitely a few stories in here that I didn’t completely fall
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.

I know I am pointing out the
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
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⭐️
Changeling: 1.5⭐️
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 b
"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
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any lover of Poe
Now that my Secret Santa knows what I got her for Christmas, I can share that I was reading this book to find out if it was going to be a good gift for a fellow Poe lover. Full review to come soon!

Full story-by-story breakdown. If I had just read the original story in October, I didn't reread it for this comparison, but the ones I had only read in high school I revisited to create a more current opinion. I loved that the original tales were in the back of the book, and I would read the retelling
Jaye Berry
I don't know Poe's work very well but I don't think the authors here did either. ...more
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. ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This anthology was the perfect combination of creepy and purposeful. Each story had a message reflected in its horrors that wonderfully mirrored Poe's orginal tales (which are included in the book as well). It was well worth the wait to read these hauntungly reimagined stories by such wonderful authors.

Average Rating: 3.61 stars

Most Excited For: She Rode a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake; Night Tale by Tessa Gratton; A Drop pf Stolen Ink by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Favorites: Night Tide by Tessa Gratton
As with any anthology, some will be hits and some will be misses for any reader. I found the strongest pieces to be the ones that really carried the haunting, gothic, atmospheric aspects of Poe into their retelling -- Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, and Dahlia Adler all did this so well. The ones that didn't quite capture the feel of Poe were the ones I was less enthusiastic about.

I expected more of a horror vibe, knowing Poe's original pieces, but there are few
Gabe Novoa
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this anthology! So creepy and fun, and each retelling captivated me equally.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.


If you're looking for the perfect collection of stories to curl up with, to haunt you into the
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 antho
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.
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Dahlia Adler is an Editor of Mathematics by day, the overlord of 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 edito ...more

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