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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.: Anna Gaskell: Huddled Headsexchangediary on December 30th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Hey now! I totally mentioned her when I posted about this on tumblr! I haven't gotten to her story yet (I've read about the first 15), but my expectations are HIGH.
strange victory, strange defeat: fire walk with meandsqualor on December 30th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
I must've missed the tumblr shout out! Ugh, lately when I think of FLB I remember reading some short story of hers called "Blood Oranges" transcribed onto some fan site in, like, eighth or ninth grade and realizing that she was just recycling crap that she had used in The Hanged Man. I was VERY disappointed! I'm always so tempted to read Psyche in a Dress and her other more recent works, "just because", but my hopes aren't quite so high.
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.