The Weight of Words by Dave McKean

The Weight of Words

The consummate artistry of Dave McKean has permeated popular culture for more than thirty years. His images, at once bizarre, beautiful, and instantly recognizable, have graced an impressive array of books, CDs, graphic novels, and films. In The Weight of Words, ten of our finest contemporary storytellers, among them the artist himself, have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean’s extraordinary painti...

Details The Weight of Words

TitleThe Weight of Words
Release DateDec 31st, 2017
PublisherSubterranean Press
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Science Fiction, Anthologies, Fantasy, Art

Reviews The Weight of Words

  • Karl
    As of today January 29th 2018, as far as I know, the book “The Weight of Words” edited by Dave McKean (illustrator) and Bill Schafer is only available as a physical book. No e-books or Cd’s of this tome appear to be marketed. Thus this is a “Book” review and a review of the book. Physically there are books and there are books. Many of today’s publication are shabbily produced using low grade paper, and if hardcover, perhaps one or two...
  • Kerfe
    In this collection of stories inspired by the art of Dave McKean, there was only one story I couldn't finish. Most were good, but the standouts for me were Catherynne M Valente's "No One Dies in Nowhere", Joe R Lansdales's "Robo Rapid", "All I Care About is You" by Joe Hill, and, far above any of the others, Maria Dahvaha Headley's "The Orange Tree"--magical, lyrical, mythical, with language and ideas that none of the other writing here even begi...
  • Heather
    When I got this in the mail, it came with a little card that told me who my book was packed by and that Subterranean Press makes "Readable Works of Art."  I absolutely agree.  This book is quite beautiful in both presentation and for all the pictures (and stories) inside it.  (This isn't the first SP book I own though; I have Catherynne M. Valente's The Bread We Eat In Dreams and Speak Easy, but I had to track the first down on eBay and it cos...
  • Violet
    I’ve always loved Dave McKean’s work. Granted, I’ve only see his creations in the context of Neil Gaiman, but I’ve encountered enough to be impressed and enchanted. There’s always something haunting and lingering about his art. It’s like he pulls out the clay of the subconscious, molds it into images that only barely suggest reality, and then lets them float off into the shadows.His art naturally lends itself to fiction. There’s a ...
  • Ben
    I had originally picked this up for the new (actually two) short story of Neil Gaiman in it.... [Which as it happens, both were quite a let-down]. This is very much a hit or miss collection of short stories (quite possibly more miss than hit to be honest, with Gaiman's feeling like a quick sprint to get something done, and a disappointment), but there is one exceptional story in this: "No One Dies in Nowhere". Which is a remarkable and fantastic ...
  • Z1
    I originally borrowed this book from the library because Neil Gaiman had written two mini stories in it. What I discovered was so much more. I loved each and every story in this book. It might be a bit too dark for children, but at least twelve year olds should be okay. Each story was unique and interesting in it's own individual way, and I loved every moment of reading it. My favorite would have to be All I Care About Is You, though it does have...
  • Heather
    Beautifully designed book with stories based on Dave McKean's art. Stories were kind of a mixed bag, but some of them, especially the Cathryn Valente and Alistair Reynolds ones were excellent.
  • Janice
    Only one story read so far, The Orange Tree by Maria Dahvana Headley, a fantasy of sorts. A man has a cabinet carved out of a tree, and the tree becomes a female being, though not quite a person.