Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët's Beautiful Darkness: a preview

Hey folks, remember when I was stupidly excited about Drawn & Quarterly publishing Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët's Beautiful Darkness in English this February? Well, it's time to replicate that feeling, because they've just released a 6 page preview (see below). Here's how D&Q publisher Tom Devlin described it  'a grim young adult fantasy book about a community of (for lack of a better word) fairies who come together in the aftermath of a tragedy... alternatively dark and whimsical... a classical fantasy tale by way of The Borrowers and Lord of the Flies.' And here's a more formal plot summary: 

'Aurora’s having a tea party with Hector, the prince she’s been dreaming about, when a sudden deluge forces them to take shelter elsewhere. They emerge from the skull of a dead girl into the woods at night and find themselves among a crowd of tiny people, all of whom are milling about. Aurora quickly takes charge of the situation, and at first things seem to be going well for most of her friends. Despite a few injuries and deaths and a lot of hunger, they forage successfully and befriend a mouse that lives in the neighborhood. But as time goes by, more and more of the little people begin to lose hope, turning against one another in brutal ways.'

And it's out next month! So stoked!

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