In addition to the material featured elsewhere on the Website, Joe Austen has also originated a much greater body of work in the form of concepts, characters, artwork and stories.
Examples of a few Selected Story Titles and Miscellaneous Character Visuals are provided below as a short introduction to much more extensive portfolios of additional creative material.
- TALES FOR SALE
- THE SINGING CANDLE
- THE SECRET ROOM
- THE MEMORY HAT
- THE DOOR TO YONLAND
Dreamclouds sail softly across the night sky,
Over dreamdusted rooftops below,
Where starsprinkled wishes of sleepers float by,
Full of longings too secret to know.
Then the dreams and the wishes drift into the blue,
And melt into the Dreamclouds above,
Where all wishes are granted and dreams all come true,
With a sprinkle of stardust and love.
But for all of the Dreamclouds' great fleets in the sky,
One Dreamcloud is always alone,
Which holds back in the distance as others float by,
And which follows a course of its own.
As flotillas of Dreamclouds bearing slumberstacked trestles
Trawl the softswirling shoals in the shimmering night,
Their catch tumbles aboard the great cumulus vessels,
Where all longings are granted and all wrongs are put right.
But for all of that mighty and ceaseless endeavour,
There is always a danger a dream may be lost,
And a dream that is lost is a dream lost forever,
And which must be recaptured, whatever the cost.
So the last little Nebulous boat in the sky
Is a Sleepsweeper catching those smallest lost dreams,
To fulfil all their hopes before daybreak draws nigh,
And they melt and dissolve into morning's first beams.