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Thursday, February 27, 2014

In stores now: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët

Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët's Beautiful Darkness is in stores and earning praise! This brilliant, lushly-painted, incredibly twisted fairy tale is quite unlike any book I've ever encountered, and entirely deserving of all the kind words it's been receiving:

"Beautiful Darkness carries itself with a certain innocent whimsy that makes all of the savagery within its pages a harsh experience that cannot be missed," writes Zac Thompson at Bloody Disgusting. "There is a haunting beauty that is created which becomes impossible to resist. Everything that you're looking at is beautiful, but everything you are experiencing is downright horrendous."

You can feast your eyes on an exclusive four-page preview of Beautiful Darkness over at Hero Complex, who write "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."

There are also previews up at Buzzfeed ("Beautiful Darkness is the best fairytale horror comic you'll read this season", writes Kevin Tang) and at io9 ("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", writes Rob Bricken).

Intrigued? Tor.com, who call Beautiful Darkness a "dark, disturbing fairytale world where tiny, mercurial creatures build a home in the woods, displaying cruelty and kindness by turns, all against an exquisitely illustrated backdrop", have three copies up for grabs! That's right. You have until this Saturday, March 1st to enter the giveaway.  

And finally, Beautiful Darkness is also one of Publishers Weekly's most anticipated books of spring 2014! Go get your hands on a copy!


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