McSweeney's 27 , issued 2008 comprises three paperbacks enclosed within a slipcase - two art aart and illustration, the otehr short stories The first book is a sketchbook of Art Spiegelman's
The second illustration themed book focused around drawings/paintings with some text accompanying them. Everyone from Goya to Shel Silverstein, selected and with content by Dave Eggers, and based on a 2008 exhibition in New York
The third book is of course the stories. My favourites of these were two novella-length stories: Stephen King's "A Very Tight Place" is about two bad neighbours fighting over a nearby property. One of them goes too far and locks the other inside a port-a-loo and then tips it over. Will he escape the ghastly plastic coffin or will it be his end? . If you've read King's 2008 book "Just After Sunset" then you'll know this story is included in that collection also.
The other was Jim Shepard's "Classical Scenes of Farewell" about the bloodthirsty 15th century child serial killer Gilles de Rais told from the perspective of one of de Rais' henchmen who brought the children to him to be molested/murdered. Shepard does a fantastic job bringing the setting of 15th century France to life and the increasingly unbalanced Christian knight gone terribly mad figure of de Rais. Very dark, very disturbing story.
Also has short stories by mikel jollett, Ashlee Adams, Larry Smith and liz Mandrell
Edgewear and scuffing to the sipcase, which is designe as an apartment building with cut through 'windows'