GHOST WATER KISS is a collection of illustrated short stories woven through with mysterious transformations and attuned to the rhythms of the natural world. In the stories of GHOST WATER KISS, seas are filled with weird songs that rise from the deep, forests are populated by shambling, mossy ‘Once Deer’ and bear-armed caretakers, and bodies shift from what they were to something strange and new.
Written and illustrated by Jessica Bromley Bartram, the book brings together a range of stories she created/self-published between 2012-17, including ‘Sargasso’ (which won the Books: New Talent and Overall New Talent awards at the 2015 Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards), ‘Frostbitten’, and ‘She Loves’. In addition to revised editions of her existing stories, GHOST WATER KISS will include a number of new and expanded works.
“Miss Bartram’s art is suffused with such exuberance and joy as to revitalize one’s eye- to redirect it upon the world with renewed hunger and curiosity. The potent mixture of innocence and control of the medium makes her colour work quite hard to resist. Her art is meditative, absorbing and minutely crafted. These are the travel notes of a biologist/botanist with Hans Christian Andersen and Arthur Rackham soul. Through her annotations about our world and her own, we
— GUILLERMO DEL TORO, director of The Shape of Water