Books by Charles Vess

Charles Vess has been a bona fida free-lance illustrator since1976 when he first sold work to Abrams Books and Heavy Metal Magazine. Specializing in art of a fantastic or mythic nature, he has made a name for himself within the graphic narrative field w


RAGS & BONES by Melissa Marr
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A thoughtful selection of exquisite literary amuse-bouches; it will take a little work to connect teens with it, though. (finished illustrations not seen) (Fantasy/short stories. 14 & up)"
Twelve popular speculative fiction authors riff on classic literature, but for an ill-defined audience. Read full book review >
THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST by Charles de Lint
Released: March 12, 2013

"A satisfyingly folkloric, old-fashioned–feeling fable. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rather than let Lillian Kindred die of a snakebite, the titular cats turn her into a kitten, and thereby hangs this sweetly magical tale. Read full book review >
INSTRUCTIONS by Neil Gaiman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Roses, trees, land and sea have shimmering life of their own and wind around the words as if made for them, which of course they were. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
A magical, incantatory poem—or perhaps a homily—first published in the Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling collection A Wolf at the Door in 2000 is made new with Vess's art. Read full book review >
THE BEASTLY BRIDE by Ellen Datlow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Rich reading that meets the editors' high standards. (Fantasy/short stories. 12 & up)"
Readers of a Datlow/Windling anthology have certain expectations: that the thick volume will include stories by writers both known and new; that headpieces for each tale will be Vess's sinuously evocative drawings; that a fully formed introduction will lay out the collection's parameters; that notes and a bit of biography will follow each story; and that an excellent bibliography will be included. Read full book review >
BLUEBERRY GIRL by Neil Gaiman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl. Read full book review >
A CIRCLE OF CATS by Charles de Lint
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"But as a conscious "prequel" to the pair's earlier (and out-of-print) Seven Wild Sisters, the story has an unfinished and ultimately unsatisfying quality. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A small tale of magic and mystery is hampered by its dependence on its sequel. Read full book review >