This book is lovely--they quality of the paper, binding, and illustrations is superb, and it contains all of the original artwork, captions, and even the original introduction from Chris Van Allsburg. It's like an enhanced version of the original with a new and charming introduction from Lemony Snicket, fun and fascinating stories, and author biographies. I especially loved "The Seven Chairs" and Stephen King's finale piece--both are memorable and fun, but totally different from what I had imagined in my head.
And perhaps that's the best part about this book--you get more than a collection of good stories when you read it. You get a little glimpse into the minds of these fourteen amazing authors. Every person who has ever read The Mysteries of Harris Burdick instantly forms an idea, vague or concrete, about the circumstances surrounding the pictures. Reading these stories is a mere extension of them, another glimpse at their many lives. I would gladly welcome a second volume!