​MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Masque of the Red Death" (originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy") is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1842. (wikipedia)

​The artwork was created as a submission for Folio Society's Illustration competition 2022

Masque of the red death

"He (Prince Prospero) bore aloft a drawn dagger, and had approached, in rapid impetuosity, to within three or four feet of the retreating figure, when the latter, having attained the extremity of the velvet apart- ment, turned suddenly and confronted his pursuer. There was a sharp cry – and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable car- pet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero."