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Queen of the witches
We already told you about Abigail Larson‘s beautiful book when it was still being funded on Kickstarter via an interview with the artist earlier this year. It is a pleasure to have it in our hands and to tell you about it, as this book is a work of art in its own right.
Even before getting to the inside of the book, we immediately notice the care given to the cover, the choice of materials, and colors. One has the impression of holding a book with a leather binding, with blood-red gilding as a cover, giving the feeling of reading and holding a forbidden grimoire. The edge of the pages is shiny black, accentuating even more this ancient and modern effect at the same time. Our reading has not yet begun that we already drool at the level of finish brought to the book.
The book opens on a superb cameo in the shape of a mirror, empty, offering us a kind of dark mirror as a welcome. We are immediately immersed in the macabre and phantasmagorical atmosphere so typical of the artist. We then turn the page to find a magnificent quote from Bela Lugosi:
“It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out- and come back for more”
The mood is definitely set, now it’s time to dive into the illustrations.
The book is divided into several chapters regrouping the different domains in which Abigail likes to dive: Monsters, Ghosts, Fairy Tales, Myths, Undead, her Dark Wood Tarot and finally her sketches and early works. Everything is present to immerse you in the unique graphic universe of this extraordinary artist. Each page is filled with illustrations taking up the entire space available.
This set of 248 pages is a true work of art. It is absolutely brilliant work. It took a little while since the end of the Kickstarter but the wait was well worth it. It is the kind of object that we are proud to have in our library as the quality is so high. And what better month than October to get it and have fun for Halloween?
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