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Artist’s Beautiful Horror House Prints Are Puzzles Too

by Timothy Rawles

Artist Holly Carden is blowing the shingles off of horror, literally, with her cutaways of famous horror icons including Edgar Allan Poe and real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes.

She’s painstakingly drawn a cross-section view of H.H. Holmes “Murder Castle” based on information from “blueprints and police notes” she says.

She writes in her blog, “It was really well received and I loved the challenge of the project, so I decided to make another one. I learned a lot making Murder Castle and applied those lessons to The Edgar Allan Poe Macabre Mansion, which illustrates 20 of the author’s short stories in one big, creepy house.”

She admits that she was only familiar with Poe’s work as required reading in school, but she made it work.

“I hadn’t read a ton of Poe’s work when I decided to use him as the subject, mostly just the stuff you read in high school (The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven…),” says Holly in her blog. “The whole buried-in-the-walls thing seemed like it would translate really well to a cutaway and I figured the project would be a great excuse to read all of his short stories. Also, public domain ftw!”

The great thing about these pieces is that they are professional quality and suitable for framing. You can take the easy route and get a print or–and this is my favorite –you can order them as a jigsaw puzzle and piece them together yourself, and with a little glue and patience make your own masterpieces.

If you would like to get one of these beautiful prints or puzzles visit Holly’s website by clicking HERE.


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