Beehive Books High Quality Illuminated Editions Of Literary Classics

by Olly MacNamee

Beehive Books has a new Kickstarter currently running to fund high quality illustrated literary classics.

Having already successfully crowdfunded the publication of six award winning volumes with artists Rebekka Dunlap, Brecht Evens, Dave McKean, Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Beehive Books Illuminated Editions will now publish three new volumes.

The new books in the Illuminated Editions line are:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by the Balbusso Twins

Featuring an introduction by Nathan Robinson.

“The Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are taking on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, bringing out the richness and satire and sorrow that suffuses this saga of wealth and corruption and decadence and love. Their modern illustration style highlights the incredible relevance of Fitzgerald’s story, which has only seemed to increase over time. Their illustrations bring us into Gatsby’s world ― but they also bring Gatsby into ours” 

  • Kwaidan & Shadowings by Lafcadio Hearn, illustrated by Kent Williams

Featuring an introduction by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, a foreword by writer Kyoko Yoshida, and an essay by Bon Koizumi.

“The great painter and multimedia artist Kent Williams is depicting the supernatural Japanese stories of Lafcadio Hearn, originally published in his books KWAIDAN and SHADOWINGS. These books are full of ghost stories, nightmares and strange tales ― of possessed forests, of monks tormented by demons and ghosts, of corpse brides, man-eating goblins, and undead samurai.” 

  •  A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring

Featuring an introduction by Alan Moore.

“Visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring has chosen to illustrate an unclassifiable 1920 novel by the legendary British writer David Lindsay. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS is a baffling amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, sexual politics, and outrageous fantasy, and stands as one of the greatest works of sustained, untrammeled imagination ever achieved. Woodring’s drawings capture the writhing currents of interacting forces that lie beneath the wonderfully arcane prose.” 

Already having met their initial goal, you can still get involved. For $25 you will receive a pdf copy of the book of your choice, or for a weighty $100 you’ll get that book as a physical slipcase edition hardback.

For more details on this Kickstarter, and how to get your hands on Beehive Book’s previous illuminated editions, head on over to here and take a look.


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