Challenge

We invite you to create an illustration of the "The Fall of the House of Usher" for the Ransom Center's virtual Poe gallery.

Instead of the outside of the house, create your own illustration of the room in which the narrator first encounters Usher:

The room in which I found myself was very large and lofty. The windows were long, narrow, and pointed, and at so vast a distance from the black oaken floor as to be altogether inaccessible from within. Feeble gleams of encrimsoned light made their way through the trellissed panes, and served to render sufficiently distinct the more prominent objects around; the eye, however, struggled in vain to reach the remoter angles of the chamber, or the recesses of the vaulted and fretted ceiling. Dark draperies hung upon the walls. The general furniture was profuse, comfortless, antique, and tattered. Many books and musical instruments lay scattered about, but failed to give any vitality to the scene. I felt that I breathed in an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all.

Submit your drawing to poe@hrc.utexas.edu, and we will post our favorites here. Please submit only one image attachment per email sent, a maximum of 3 MB (megabytes) file size per image. JPG format preferred. PSD, PDF, and EPS are also acceptable. Submissions become property of the Harry Ransom Center for use on this website or in other Ransom Center materials. All submissions will be entered into a drawing for a copy of Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Check back soon for a gallery of our favorite submissions.