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Beautiful darkness /

by Vehlmann, Fabien [author.]; Pommepuy, Marie [author.]; Kerascoët [illustrator.]; Dascher, Helge [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Montreal, Canada] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.Edition: First paperback edition.Description: 94 pages, 18 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9781770463363; 1770463364.Language note: Translated from the French.Uniform titles: Jolies ténèbres. English.Subject(s): Princesses -- Comic books, strips, etc | Fairies -- Comic books, strips, etc | Interpersonal relations -- Comic books, strips, etc | Graphic novels | Allegories | Fantasy comics | Allegories | Comic books, strips, etc | Fantasy comics | Graphic novelsSummary: A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic. Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous as petty rivalries and factions form. Beautiful Darkness became a bestseller and an instant classic when it was released in 2014. This paperback edition of the modern horror classic contains added material, preparatory sketches, and unused art. While Kerascoët mix gorgeous watercolors and spritely cartoon characters, Fabien Vehlmann takes the story into bleaker territory as the seasons change and the darkness descends. As with any great horror, there are moments of calm and jarring shocks while a looming dread hangs over the forest"-- Provided by publisher.
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A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous as petty rivalries and factions form. Beautiful Darkness became a bestseller and an instant classic when it was released in 2014. This paperback edition of the modern horror classic contains added material, preparatory sketches, and unused art. While Kerascoët mix gorgeous watercolors and spritely cartoon characters, Fabien Vehlmann takes the story into bleaker territory as the seasons change and the darkness descends. As with any great horror, there are moments of calm and jarring shocks while a looming dread hangs over the forest.

Originally published in French as Jolies ténèbres by Dupuis, [2008].

First published in English in hardcover, 2014.

A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic. Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous as petty rivalries and factions form. Beautiful Darkness became a bestseller and an instant classic when it was released in 2014. This paperback edition of the modern horror classic contains added material, preparatory sketches, and unused art. While Kerascoët mix gorgeous watercolors and spritely cartoon characters, Fabien Vehlmann takes the story into bleaker territory as the seasons change and the darkness descends. As with any great horror, there are moments of calm and jarring shocks while a looming dread hangs over the forest"-- Provided by publisher.

Translated from the French.

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Library Journal Review

Beautiful Darkness opens on an adorable, doe-eyed elfin girl flirting with an equally darling elfin boy, a sure sign that we're in for a sweet little love story in miniature. But things start to go wrong almost immediately, and just a few pages in a rainstorm reveals that these creatures are effectively living on, in, and around the decaying body of a little girl lost in the woods. It's horrifying and eerie but also extremely well executed. The juxtaposition between the pixyish cast and the harsh realities of nature, in which they live alongside, and sometimes in bloody conflict with, mice, bugs, birds, and flies, is striking. In addition, a slightly sociopathic tale of romantic and political intrigue is woven through the story and builds slowly to a satisfying and shudder-worthy conclusion. The story and setting are just a bit Brothers Grimm-like in their melding of human and sylvan darkness, and the soft, soothing tones of husband-and-wife team Kerascoet's (Miss Don't Touch Me) watercolors make the mood that much more uneasy and sinister. Verdict A subtly scary watercolor wonderland that explores the darkness of human nature, Beautiful Darkness at once celebrates and transcends the conventions of both the graphic novel and fairy-tale media.-Emilia Packard, Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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