Sunday, September 22, 2013

Short Story Sunday: Tim Burton Wrote a Book

Title: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
Author: Tim Burton
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble

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).

So yeah. If you haven't heard, Tim Burton wrote a book. This isn't new, in fact the book was published in 1997. But I guess there was a flurry of discovery recently, which is how I chanced upon it.

This is a collection of short stories/poems. Some, even being as short as a line or two. And they are all disturbing.

Like really disturbing.

Sometimes I have to wonder how even thinks of things like this. Like, it is really fascinating, in a creepy way. They were strange, creepy, horrific, fascinating, and a couple even funny.

A few of my favorites/the weirdest were:
Robot Boy
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy
Jimmy, the Hideous Penguin Boy
Anchor Baby
Oyster Boy Steps Out

This took, like, less than 10 minutes to read. I would definitely recommend it for any Tim Burton fans out there.


  1. I vaguely remember hearing about this, I think I might have to follow up on this. Thanks for sharing, I want to see how strange and disturbing they are!

    1. They were pretty strange, haha. Thanks for visiting!