The House of Montresor is a new title released by Action Lab Entertainment. It takes place fifty years after the events of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and tells the story of a young woman named Edana Fortunato, the lone heir to the Fortunato-Montresor estate. She is summoned to Prussia by Edgar Andrew Randolph Prescott, ESQ. to visit the House of Montresor that she has inherited. There is more to this house than meets the eye however when Prescott tells Edana she must live in the house for one month before it is officially hers. The request does not seem too difficult until Prescott tells her stories of her how her grandfather and father both died on the same day in the same way and how her grandmother suffered a mental breakdown as a result of the tragedy. Edana visits her aged, bed-ridden grandmother who gives her a ominous warning before a caretaker walks in to see what was going on.
It is evident the characters (and plot) are a sequel to “The Cask of Amontillado.” Enrica Jang remains true to Poe’s macabre mystery style which makes for an intriguing and spooky read. The reader is waiting for that “something” to happen and by issue’s end we’re still kept waiting. Prescott is a well-written character, there is something so creepy about him, especially the way he tells the stories of Edana’s family. Jason Strutz’ artwork and cover match the tone of the story. He uses dark colors and rough lines to add to the mystery and dreariness of the story. Our preview-review of this title, back in 2014, had this to say about the Enrica’s and Jason’s work, “Enrica has woven an intricate tale, one that feels right, feels like this is where the story should go. There is foul play afoot and I’m not quite sure how it’s going to play out. Poe’s stories aren’t know for ‘happy endings’ and Enrica doesn’t seem afraid to go pretty dark in this tale. Between Jason’s art and Enrica’s writing I’m definitely hooked.”
Edgar Allan Poe would be proud of this story. The tone, the plot and the dark colors embody the very things that made Poe a unique, as well as a famous, writer. I enjoyed just reading and waiting for something to happen. The level of suspense is perfect and the way the characters are presented show how talented Enrica Jang is. This is a title worth reading for fans of any genre.