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"The Juniper Dog strained its twisted roots against an ember red sky, snarling out swarms of night moths, barking flocks of owls from its splintery jaws. It howled the sea. Spat stars... "
Following on from 'Anna and the Witches Bottle', 'Anna & the Juniper Dog' is a collaboration of three: Geoff Cox's mesmerising prose, with Rohan Daniel Eason's mystical illustrations and Martin Roman Rebelski's minimal instrumental compositions. The story itself is a mysterious tale of a young boy who meets Anna after travelling to a strange and bewildering place, the tone of which has been perfectly captured by Eason in his haunting and surreal illustrations.
The atmosphere is completed by Rebelski's musical accompaniment which, with its sinister melodies, helps to create the perfect soundtrack to Cox's mysterious tale of two children, lost in a fantastical world full of magic and darkness. Cox's world echoes the fairy tales that we heard in our childhood, from the Grimm's fairy tales to Aesop's fables, the tales of Anna evoke a brief glimmer of nostalgia.
The print and audio series was commissioned and curated by blackmaps press, an independent label based in London and Tokyo, who are expanding the parameters of record label publishing by focusing on music driven content, such as experimental film and literature. Blackmaps founder, Stuart Soutor, brought the three artists together as a way of creating a deeper, darker and more collectable alternative to the standard children's storybooks.
With the first edition of each book cloth bound and designed by La Boca studio, these are certainly an item to be cherished, not only as a book, but also as a piece of timeless, beautifully ornate art. Eason's obsessively detailed pen and ink drawings, and the unique addition of sonic accompaniment will ensure this enchanting series marks its place alongside such bookshelf favourites as Edward Gorey, Arthur Rackham and Lewis Carroll.
Copies of the book are available at the blackmaps website and worldwide at all good bookstores. There are only 600 copies available though so get looking!