For countless American high school students, Edgar Allen Poe was the one author who kept us awake in American Literature class until we got to that “Harrison Bergeron” story by Kurt Vonnegut. Lyrical, macabre, and whacked out on drugs, he’s pretty much everything an author should be. And now, one of his creepiest stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” is being told with chilling effect on the iPad.
Developed by Diehard Studio Entertainment, The Tell-Tale Heart HD for iPad is an interactive, fully painted and fully voiced retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror tale of an unnamed narrator who slowly reveals a chilling mystery. The app is illustrated by Mutant League television series art director Dwayne Ferguson and performed by Hunter Wolf and veteran television actress Janet Hubert.
The interpretation addresses discussion in literary circles as to whether the narrator is a man or a woman by giving him or her both voices. Hubert and Wolf 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.
Of course, if you’re own imagination is creepier than the interactive presentation (and it often is), you can forgo the audio and just read along with the illustrated version.
Tell Tale Heart HD is compatible with iPad, and requires iOS 4.0 or later. It’s available now for $2.99.
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