James Flora’s fantastically illustrated books captivated kids throughout the 1960s and 70s, so much so that secondhand copies sell for exorbitant sums. Grandpa’s Ghost Stories has been the most sought-after of his children’s books, and Feral House is pleased to announce the first reprint since its original publication in 1978.
These ghoulish and amusing stories and wildly inventive illustrations will keep readers shivering. Perhaps better known for his brilliant and madcap illustrations that graced the covers of hundreds of jazz and classical record albums in the 1940s and 50s, Jim Flora also wrote and illustrated seventeen popular books for children. In this book, Grandpa comforts his grandson during a fierce thunderstorm by telling him stories about far scarier things, including a hungry werewolf and an evil witch who turns boys into spiders. The illustrations bring the tall tales to life with Flora’s incomparable humor and wit. Grandpa’s Ghost Stories is a spooky (and silly) delight for all ages.
This edition includes an introduction by writer, WFMU radio personality and cultural historian Irwin Chusid, who has published several books of Flora’s artworks and illustrations, and also runs JimFlora.com.