Darkness prevents us from seeing, and in the dark we convince ourselves that in the darkness lurks beasts, insects, and other malevolent creatures.
This feeling of uneasiness can be traced back through the mists of time. Spiders’ legs, hypodermic needles, dead things, things that go bump in the night, growling things, creatures baring their teeth…there are so many things that have scared us at some point in our lives. Six of the world’s most celebrated animators have breathed life into their own feverish nightmares, on a journey to the pitch black heart of fear itself. Children are afraid of the dark but many adults also are!
Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Jerry Kramsky, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Michel Pirus, and Romain Slocombe went back to the origins of their terrors and agreed to animate their drawings, and to find inspiration, each one in his unique style, in the rhythm of their nightmares.
Christian Hincker, who uses the pseudonym Blutch, studied art in Strasbourg, where he was born. Blutch made his comic debut in the magazine Fluide Glacial in 1988 with ‘Pecos Jim’ and several short stories. He later came up with the series ‘Johnny Staccato’ and ‘Mademoiselle Sunnymoon’. His Fluide Glacial work has been collected in such albums as ’Waldo’s Bar’, ‘Mademoiselle Sunnymoon’, ‘Rancho Bravo’, ‘Blotch, le Roi de Paris’ and ‘Blotch Face à Son Destin’. At the same time, he joined the publishing house L’Association, where he began a collaboration with the magazine Lapin. His Lapin work appeared in the album ‘Sunnymoon, Tu Es Malade’. At the publishing house Cornélius, he created ‘La Lettre Américaine’ and ‘Mitchum’.
Blutch joined the magazine À Suivre in 1996. There, he started his series ‘Peplum’, a homosexual tragedy. The complete story appeared in an album at Cornélius. He also works as an illustrator for Libération, The New-Yorker and Les Inrockuptibles, and he has cooperated… read more
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This is a fantastic animated series of horror stories by different directors. I’d never before thought I could find animation so terrifying, one wouldn’t think it had such potential for thrills. All… read review