The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton
Tim Burton is one of those rare individuals whose name has become a pop culture adjective. Even people who do not love his nightmarish surreal cinema of fun recognize his visual style when they see it. From his mind have sprung some of the most incredible visions ever committed to celluloid including: Edward Scissorhands, Beetle Juice, Mars Attacks, Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, Batman 1 and 2, James and the Giant Peach, Sleepy Hollow and his masterpiece: Nightmare before Christmas. Now you can read poetry from that same mind...and it is far darker than I expected...and very tragic. Much of the humor and playfulness at work in the films alongside all that is macabre is missing in some of these books...Instead we find tiny stories about scared and rejected child-like characters that while clever are just plain bleak. And yet I love this little tome. It is sweet in its way and fun with wonderfully illustrated by Burton himself with his odd palsey ink lines and queer abstraction of bodies and faces. A must for any fan of Burton.
One of my fave books :)