Release Date: October 22, 1997
Publisher: Rob Weisbach Books
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From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance — witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children — misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings — hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).
I'm a fan of Tim Burton's films. I watch the Nightmare Before Christmas at least every year around Halloween habitually and thought since I enjoy his films that I would check out his writing, especially since the Nightmare Before Christmas started out as short story.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I got The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories and realized how many pages there were. There are the short stories that I'm use to and then these stories—which are better described as short poems. The first story has a total of 20 words (if you don't include the title), but once I started reading I throughly enjoyed them. Some of the stories are gloomy or funny and askew, while others are witty at first, but have a deeper meaning—which I didn't expect in such short stories. All of them are strange in that wonderful Tim Burton way. They also rhyme—which is something I haven't come across since I was a child and enjoyed. Each stories has a illustration drawn by him of the character–sometimes more than one–to go with it.
This book is a very quick, entertaining and sometimes macbre read. If you're fan of Tim Burton's movie and strange worlds, you'll definitely enjoy this.