The first six pages of Beautiful Darkness comprise one of the more dramatic squences you're likely to see in any comcis work...It's creepy, scary, and intriguing, a potent dare to stop reading, and an irresistible lure to turn the page.Robot 6 / Comic Book Resources
A dark fairy tale about surviving the human experience.
Kerascoët’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join Princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization’s heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann’s story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society.
Translated from the French by Helge Dascher.
Praise for Beautiful Darkness
This unforgettable graphic novel hovers on the edge of your daydreams and nightmares.Publishers Weekly, starred review
Marie Pommepuy and Fabien Vehlmann’s story, though, immediately shifts its focus to the crawling terror on the underside of fairy tales’ gentility...Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset, who draw collaboratively under the name Kerascoët, render Aurora and her friends in the huge-eyed style of classic children’s book illustrations, but cuteness is just another Darwinian survival strategy here.New York Times Book Review
Set against the saccharine sweet storybook aesthetic of Kerascoet’s rapturous watercolors, Vehlmann’s narrative is a sinister saga that you won’t be able to put down.Nerdist
It’s a twisted tale that draws from the likes of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Borrowers,” only “Beautiful Darkness” presents a much bleaker allegory about brutality. As the tiny people lose hope, their underlying pettiness, greed and jealousy become evident despite their polite words and pretty faces.LA Times Hero Complex
A fairytale where the darkness is only natural: the real world of Beautiful Darkness not only includes but embraces decay, calm indifference, and animals who act like animals, just like life—and death. And neither its prince nor princess are quite what we expect. Read it outdoors for maximum effect.Kathe Koja, author of The Cipher and Under the Poppy
You've seen countless stories about cute little creatures living secretly in our world, but you've never read one like Beautiful Darkness. It's a world that's as adorable as it is cruel, where life is beautiful but also cheap, and where death is omnipresent... in more ways than one.i09
Tezuka meets Moomin. Casual cruelty and betrayal set in a gorgeous watercolor graphic novel.Buzzfeed
A brilliant premise executed with panache—Vehlmann and Kerascoët’s fairy world has the offhand cruelty of the Alice books and the offhand sweetness of Moominland—Donahey’s Teeny Weenies and The Borrowers can be felt here too—and yet it really seems without precedent, every page a surprise in style and form and content.John Crowley, author of Little, Big and Aegypt