EDGAR ALLAN POE 

SHORT STORY

BOOK COVER

PROMPT:

Use and collect original texture rubbings from different surfaces and using a unique pattern design a book cover for one of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories.

CONCEPT:

The story of The Black Cat is told by a narrator that is fully aware for their mental problems and at certain points of the story he notices a change occurring inside of him, which he tries to do something about. However, the narrator finds himself unable from becoming insane and due to alcohol he "grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others." The narrator finally ends up killing his beloved cat which he knows he had no reason to do so and feels horribly about the next day. 

I wanted to convey the madness of the narrator through the harsh and sharp texture that would create the mood of the mind breaking apart into insanity. Therefore the textures used are sliced into different pieces projecting the disorganization of the narrator's mind in the story. I also decided to use black and white to convey the dramatic transition from a normal mental state (white) to a insane mental state (black). 

The textures were gathered from a wooden floor with trancing paper and then scanned onto the computer.