Death is never far away in the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, so a graveyard cover seemed an obvious idea – a grouping of monuments and headstones of different shapes and sizes loosely representing the variety of stories in the collection. These came from rough sketches Scott made on a visit to Highgate Cemetery in London.

"The Raven" is not included in this book (it's a poem, not prose) but this overgrown graveyard seemed a little too nature morte and needed a focal point, so Scott added a crow alighting on the urn of a funeral monument. This drawing was featured as a full-page reproduction in Communication Arts' 51st Illustration Annual in 2010.

The black and white drawing is for Poe's story "The Oval Portrait".

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