Jan Pienkowski’s vision & Joan Aiken’s story ‘An Ill Wind’ from ‘A Foot in the Grave’
Today sees the publication of an elegant new edition of Joan Aiken and Jan Pienkowski’s ghostly collaboration A Foot in The Grave is coming out just in time for Hallowe’en… for those who enjoy all things haunting and mysterious here are Jan’s atmospheric illustrations and Joan’s eight extraordinary tales.
The partnership between Aiken and Pienkowski has produced some memorable books, A Necklace of Raindrops, which many remember as their favourite children’s book, or The Kingdom under the Sea which won the Kate Greenaway Medal. This collection of spooky stories for older readers was suggested by Jan, knowing Joan’s wild imagination would be fired by his series of images, and she certainly rose to the challenge. The Kirkus review said: ‘ One of Britain’s most innovative illustrators provides inspiration for a skilled fantasy writer…luminous, tantalizing…menacing…mysterious’
See Joan’s books at the Random House Joan Aiken page