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To the victims of it’s tyranny, there was the choice of death with its direst physical agonies, or death with its most hideous moral horrors. I had been reserved for the latter.
-Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum

Get the Comic:—- The idea behind the interactive comic is to make learning about Poe and his literature fun, intriguing and experiential. Taking advantage of modern social media and mobile phone technology to extend the ‘universe’ of the story. The film, comic and websites provide deeper interactivity with which to plumb the historical backdrop of E.A.Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum, highlighting the characters and political & religious conditions which set the Spanish Inquisition into motion.

How it Works: —-The comic is chock full of hidden links!  Some are found using your mouse cursor while viewing the pages (using Adobe Acrobat PDF Viewer) and some are in plain sight as QR Codes, accessible with a mobile phone and QR Code Reader Software.  QR Codes are a type of 2 dimensional bar code, holding various bits of information such as simple text messages, URL’s (website addresses) and contact information. QR Codes are a fun way to integrate information into comic books; used this way, QR code further expands the story with video, images, audio, etc.

Get the Tech: —-Access to the hidden links & resources requires an active internet connectionAdobe Acrobat (or similar PDF Viewer),  a moveable cursor to select hidden items in the PDF document and for those using mobile phones and handheld devices,  free QR Code reader software is required to fully explore all there is to see.

Before descending into the depths: —-We’ve hidden plenty of little gems throughout the site and the digital comic; video, audio, images links. The deeper you go, the more will be revealed.  Onward, brave soul –


The Pit and the Pendulum Interactive Comic Book is not intended for resale, distribution in whole or in part, modifications or public display outside the classroom, among other limitations. Express written permission of the creator of the work, Marc Lougee, is required. Legal limitations to the further use of the comic, covered here Savvy?

This site and all contents © 2010 Marc Lougee / Hand Made Heroes Film and Television. All Rights Reserved.


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