Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Emily Mendel
iPoe is an interactive and beautifully animated approach to the classic works of Edgar Allan Poe. The app takes you through his short stories, perfectly capturing his eerie tone with subtle details and suspenseful music.
iPoe allows users to navigate their way through some of Poe’s most memorable short stories, including The Oval Portrait and Annabel Lee. The chilling music and animation pull the reader into the story, making it a one-of-a-kind experience. The understated details, such as swaying skeletons and flickering candles, successfully enhance Poe’s works. These unique details help take his stories to the next level, and set the appropriately haunting tone. The interactive elements are a smart way to introduce rookie readers to timeless literary pieces, going through the journey, the reader can tap on characters and objects to make them come alive.
While I must admit that I’m not a poetry aficionado, an app like iPoe makes it much more appealing and easier to understand sophisticated works. Being apart of a generation so used to graphic elements, the animation did an impressive job at keeping my short attention span, and truly has the potential to scare the faint-hearted (guilty). For an app that isn’t free, I would expect a few more stories, but it’s obvious that a great deal of work and thought went into each detail. Make sure you give it a try, some of the effects are so clever, that it might even amuse the gloomy Mr. Poe.