By Daneet Steffens
December 05, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

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Director Tim Burton (Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) here offers a literary slice of his dark brand of humor. In the manner of the pictorial tales of Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey — but from a slightly more twisted realm of the imagination — Burton’s creepy stories conjure up the fantastical, even the slightly demented: ”The Boy With Nails in His Eyes,” ”Roy, the Toxic Boy,” ”The Girl With Many Eyes” (”You get really wet/When she breaks down and cries”), and ”Brie Boy” (”The other children never let Brie Boy play…but at least he went well with a nice Chardonnay”). Belated Halloween trick or Christmas treat, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is best served to a more, um, mature audience. B+

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