17 thoughts on “Review: Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët”

  1. I think the part that freaked me out the most (and there were so many parts that freaked me out) was the girl who got bitten on the hand and then her arm just got BIGGER AND BIGGER and it was so gross!

    And then, of course, that creepy girl who kept eating around the human girl… ahhh, just thinking about it now makes me shiver.

    But I agree – the ending was pretty spot on 🙂

    1. Ugh, I just got another shiver thinking about the maggot eater girl. Gross gross gross. The ending nearly made up for the gross stuff I couldn’t handle but I probably wouldn’t wade through all the yuckiness again just for the good ending.

  2. Interesting, but I’m staying well away from this. I don’t need these pictures giving me nightmares!

  3. Oh I’m so conflicted! It sounds great but the gruesome! Maybe I’ll borrow it from the library when my library ban is up the end of February and if it’s too much well, back to the library unfinished.

  4. The bright, cute style of the artwork must be an interesting contrast to all that disturbing content. Was there a point to all the gruesomeness? I guess I’d have to know the ending for that.

    1. Actually, I don’t know that you need to know the ending to appreciate that there is a point to all the gruesomeness. It has some things in common with the gruesomeness of, for instance, Lord of the Flies — the point that people don’t always act in promotion of the common good, and without that, society falls very much apart.

  5. I loved this, gruesomeness and all! It made me very, very uncomfortable reading it – somehow that ended up being one of the things I appreciated about it, especially in contrast to the cutesy art.

    1. I very much appreciated what the authors were doing; it was just a teeny bit more than I could handle.

  6. I am okay with some kinds of gross. I love it when Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off. I love it when the wounded captain describes Macbeth cutting Macdonwald from the “nave to the chops.” I don’t really even mind when the three witches rip out the same captain’s heart in the film version with Patrick Stewart (can you tell I just started teaching Macbeth). But I draw the line at maggots, too.

    1. Yep! Maggots is my line! I watched many gross things on the early seasons of House, and the only episode I skipped was the one my mum told me had maggots in it. I can’t with maggots.

  7. I am super intrigued by this book now. Just to see how gross it can get. And my tolerance for grossness is very low too, so I don’t know why that intrigues me. But, this book does sound very weird, different, and unique!

  8. The weirdness sounds good to me. My grossness tolerance is high, but also depends on the context. A lot of the time it ends up making me laugh when it shouldnt because a lot of gross-out attempts feel a bit forced to me.

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