The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton. (Faber)

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This is a collection of truly macabre illustrated stories, about outsider characters trying to survive and find meaning in a cruel and unforgiving world. The stories are very short, usually in a kind of naïve rhyming verse, and accompanied by sinister and unsettling drawings. They are classically Tim Burton: childlike, but not for children; tragic, but not without hope; dark, sinister and very, very funny. If you like that kind of thing. I do.