If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know I’m a fan of Jeffrey Alan Love. I’ve overused words like mythic to describe his work but it’s true of his new book, “The Thousand Demon Tree”.
Jeffrey taps the primal and eternal for this story of becoming and a terrible battle. A lone man comes, led by ravens, to take up a sword. He is directed by a skull-headed figure, a star bursting in the darkness of its eye socket, before our warrior encounters his enduring, cyclical fate. It’s a story that could be from the birth of time or end of days.
It’s succinct. The tale is clear but it’s full of space and mystery, which piques the imagination. Black is rarely so eloquent. The darkness churns. Love’s night sky is textured and suggestive of faces, a pair of figure seated in one corner of the double spread, tiny in the vastness. As the story advances, the pages burn with the addition of red and then yellow.
A quick note on Flesk Publications- the production of this book is superb. I have the duluxe edition and the binding and paper quality is just gorgeous.
My previous posts including interviews with Jeffrey Alan Love.
Jeffrey Alan Love is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the author of THE THOUSAND DEMON TREE and NOTES FROM THE SHADOWED CITY. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist, the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist, a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Silver Spectrum Fantastic Art Award, and two Academy of British Cover Design Awards, he has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, The British Science Fiction Award and the Chesley Award. His clients have included Walker Books, DC Comics, Image Comics, The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The New Yorker, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Tor, Gollancz, Ballantine Books, Candlewick Books, Small Beer Press, Del Rey and others. Born in South Carolina, he has lived in Germany, Texas, North Carolina, Nebraska, South Korea, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and California.