Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dahlia Adler’s Poe-Inspired Anthology, His Hideous Heart

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dahlia Adler’s Poe-Inspired Anthology, His Hideous Heart

Young Adult books are seeing a resurgence in anthology collections, from last year’s inclusive All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell to this year’s powerful Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi. I especially love it when collections pull from the literary world, like in Shaun David Hutchinson’s Canterbury Tales-inspired collection, Feral Youth.

And His Hideous Heart? It’ll be the perfect addition to your shelves.

In this can’t-miss collection edited by YA superstar Dahlia Adler, readers are treated to 13 stories that reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s tales from some of today’s boldest voices. Contributors include Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Emily Lloyd-Jones, Amanda Lovelace, Hillary Monahan, Marieke Nijkamp, Fran Wilde and frequent Paste-favorite Caleb Roehrig.

His Hideous Heart…[gives] you stories you only think you know, with perspectives and twists you won’t see coming,” Adler tells Paste.

Intrigued? Here’s a description of the anthology from the publisher, Flatiron Books:

Edgar Allan Poe may be 150 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 or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique ways.

His Hideous Heart will be in bookstores everywhere on September 24th, but you can take a look at the stunning cover today!

“I love this cover and its unexpected palette,” Adler says, “because you can’t help but look twice, and that’s exactly the point of the collection…I can’t wait for how many readers are finally going to be able to see themselves in some of Gothic literature’s most famous stories. And yes, as if this cover weren’t fantastic enough, those beautiful curling vines will indeed be silver foil on the finished cover.”

The cover, designed by Jon Contino with art direction from Keith Hayes, is a thing of beauty. Check it out below:


His Hideous Heart is available to pre-order now.

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