The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe

And the rumour of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise-then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust.

Harry Clarke's illustrations for 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' were first published in 1919, and this was one of the stories he illustrated. The image seen here was an early exercise of mine to re-imagine his drawing in order to fully establish my own style and way of working. In my drawing the emphasis is more on the vertical, and the architectural, and is intended to create the feeling that something terrible is happening.