A series of scary black and white illustrations decorates the book “Russian folk tales” by Afanasiev, published by the publishing house “Vita Nova” in 2008. The author shares his feelings about working on the book: “the heroes of fairy tales will come to you, will show and you will see it is wrong … It is a process associated with alchemy, and witchcraft”. Russian artist Boris Zabirokhin graduated from St. Petersburg Art College, and since 1968 has started his exhibition activity. Since 1975, Boris Zabirokhin has illustrated more than 30 books. He is a member of the International exhibitions in Belgium, Holland, France, UK, USA, and Japan. His artworks are in public collections of the St. Petersburg State Russian Museum, Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery, The Gallery of Prague, and Victoria and Albert Museum of London.