Based on an original idea by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, The Shape of Water has been developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of film and literature.
The book features illustrations by visual artist James Jean, and weaves fantasy, fable, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the page as it is on the big screen.
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A multilayered novel … a gruesome, dark, and weighty story that never obscures the fact that the main character is, indeed, a monster.
Finch’s fancy vocabulary and occasionally affected formality never obscure his interior monster. A grisly reflection on human nature.
A brilliantly uncomfortable place for readers to spend almost 800 pages.
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Utterly riveting—Grade: A. (One of the Top 10 Books of 2015)
A splendidly rendered, macabre picaresque—muscular and tender, imaginative and grotesque, cynical yet deeply moving.
—Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave
Retains a sheen of elegance even as it repulses readers with macabre imagery.
Del Toro and Kraus have deftly forged a thrilling, nightmare-inducing, monstrous world that’s just as dangerous as the trials and tribulations of middle school.
— Tony DiTerlizzi, The Spiderwick Chronicles
A thrilling, bloody, twisted, weirdo blockbuster of a book.
— The Globe and Mail
The demon offspring of Stephen King’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Psycho.
— Michael Grant
Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned.
— Adele Griffin
A memorably brutal assault on the senses, not for the fainthearted or delicate.
— Publishers Weekly
A NEW HORROR CLASSIC.
Uncompromising, dark, and true.
— Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
A cerebral romp through a fascinating, revolting underworld.
— Kirkus Reviews
Utterly unique from the very first line.
— Joshua Ferris
Beneath the terror and the thrills, there is *truth* in this haunting tale. It pierced my heart straight through.
— Lauren Myracle
A chilling, enthralling, and poignant look at the bridge to adulthood.
— San Francisco Book Review