Review and Giveaway: Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay

Source: Sterling Publishing
Paperback, 96 pgs.
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Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay is a gorgeous coloring book that perfectly illustrates the beauty and sadness of Poe’s work, with quotes from various stories interspersed throughout. Begay is a talented artist who carefully weaves in beauty with each horrifying image — from skulls to pestilence personified. Many of these designs are very intricate and will require a steady hand to keep within the lines, but that’s half the fun of achieving calm through coloring. It’s almost meditative to follow the curves of her images and think about how to complement each color to make an overall pleasing image.

Aren’t those images gorgeous? This book is perfect for those who love Edgar Allan Poe, participating in the fall R.I.P. challenge, or those who just want to color some horrifyingly beautiful illustrations. Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay is a wonderful tribute to the macabre Poe and his darkly beautiful work.

Here’s one of my pictures — it’s not very good:


RATING: Cinquain

About the Author/Illustrator:

Odessa Begay resides in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of NYU/The Tisch School of the Arts where she studied photography and imaging. She has licensed her work widely in the children’s/baby markets, as well as botanicals for home décor, paper, and fabric. Learn more about her at Website.

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Leave a comment on this post by Sept. 29, 2016, 11:59 PM EST, about which story or poem by Edgar Allan Poe is your favorite.


  • Winner is Lynne T!

  • Barbara W.

    I love Annabel Lee. It always breaks my heart.

  • Gabrielly

    I like The Purloined Letter.

  • Adult Coloring 101

    My absolute favorite has to be The Gold Bug!

  • Kerry Bush

    oooh I love this!!! My favorite Poe work is the poem “Annabel Lee.”

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    Ooh, this looks fantastic! And don’t knock yourself; I like your picture!

    I don’t remember the name of my favorite story, but we read it with F when you got that scary story collection. It’s the one where the guy gets sealed behind the wall. LOL

    • You mean this one: “The Cask of Amontillado”?

      • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

        Yes! I’m pretty sure that’s it.

  • I haven’t been into the adult coloring books, but this is one I’d buy. Happy Autumn!

  • Julie Merilatt

    Yesssss! I love me some Poe…

  • Kelly

    Ooo, I love Poe and this coloring book looks wonderful! It would be quite difficult to name a favorite, but I do find To One in Paradise especially nice.

  • anne

    The Pit and The pendulum. My favorite of his stories.

  • Lynne T.

    With so many great stories it’s hard to pick one, but if pressed I’d say “The Cask of Amontillado”.

  • Debbie Rodgers

    I like The Purloined Letter. Your colouring is impressive!

  • Suko http://www.sukosnotebook

    This adult coloring book looks incredible! Your picture is very good, Serena! My favorite Poe story is probably The Tell-tale Heart. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar of giveaways, to share with my readers.