Diehard Studio Entertainment has announced the release of the iPad adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic, The Tell-Tale Heart. Perhaps Poe’s finest story, The Tell-Tale Heart is a riveting tale told by an unnamed narrator who slowly reveals a chilling mystery.
The Tell-Tale Heart HD for iPad is an interactive, fully painted and fully voiced retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror tale. Illustrated by Mutant League television series art director Dwayne Ferguson and performed by Hunter Wolf and veteran television actress Janet Hubert.
Ferguson, who has authored over 40 books and worked for companies such as Walt Disney, Sony Music, Warner Bros. and Macmillan Publishing, has wanted to adapt Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic horror story for years.
“I remember the first time I experienced The Tell-Tale Heart. I was fourteen and a huge fan of horror books, comics and movies. I liked them all, but there was something special about how Poe told this tale that resonated with me, and stayed with me since the day I read the last sentence of the story.
“Years later, while attending a comic book convention, I stumbled upon some 1930s radio shows starring The Shadow. I was hooked. Something about the style of the shows and the fact that they were performed live intrigued me.
“And now with the advent of the iPad, I am able to combine the two – Edgar Allan Poe and radio dramas – and present them along with the dark, moody, mixed-media paintings that I have always imagined. Then I filled it full of bone-chilling sounds and interactive elements to augment, not distract from, the original work itself.”
The result is an interactive experience that is the definitive version of horror master Edgar Allan Poe’s legendary tale of suspense, dread and terror. The exclusive to the iPad book is brought further to life with an optional voiceover recording headlined by Janet Hubert of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame.
The central figure in The Tell-Tale Heart is the unnamed narrator and in literary circles there is much discussion as to whether the character is a man or a woman. Ferguson took a unique approach. “I decided, why not both?”
So he brought in Janet Hubert to join him, under his stage name, Hunter Wolf. The two alternated back and forth recording the voiceover of the narrator. The result is an eerie, unnerving delivery of the story that presents the killer as schizophrenic with both sides of his or her psyche alternately insane, clever, panicky and brilliant. The combination of the two adrenaline-filled voices adds an extra layer to the creeping horror of the text.
The Tell-Tale Heart contains creepy mixed-media painting, interactive elements, bone-chilling sound effects and a 1930’s-style radio drama performance that is sure to haunt your dreams!
Here’s the trailer:
The Tell-Tale Heart is now available for download to the iPad at the iTunes App Store