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28 December 2010 @ 09:23 pm
Julie Morstad  

So, today my boyfriend brought home one of my holds from the library: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, a collection of contemporary retellings of fairy tales edited by Kate Bernheimer. The collection features stories by some of my favorite writers (including Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Joyce Carol Oats, and Francine Prose), but what really caught my eye was the book's cover: a simple but eerie illustration of a girl's braid emerging from a cauldron accentuated by bold, beautiful, hand-drawn typography. The cover was illustrated and lettered by Julie Morstad, who also happens to be responsible for the beautiful artwork for Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood album.

So, without further ado, here's a selection of favorites from Julie's online portfolio.

If you like what you see, Julie sells archival quality prints via a Big Cartel shop.
K.: MISC: Sk8 or dieexchangediary on January 3rd, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I've read some of her more recent stuff (The Waters and the Wild, published in 2009 is probably the most recent one that I've read), but haven't been able to convince myself to read the three novels that came after that (Pretty Dead, The Frenzy, and House of Dolls.) The Waters and the Wild was just so bad.