Author: Fabien Vehlmann
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Beautiful Darkness is an unnerving, occasionally horrifying, often gorgeous inversion of a fairy tale. Though the art suggests otherwise, this isn't a story for children. For one, it's about a colony of tiny people who live inside the decaying corpse of a young girl. You read that right: Beautiful Darkness takes place inside a dead child's body. For another, the cutesy characters—with few exceptions—are largely despicable, acting selfishly and violently when things get tough.
There were times where I felt physically nauseated, and others where I was wowed by the shear beauty of Kerascoët's art. Occasionally, both happened at the same time.