32 pages. Self-published. UK comic format. Gothic-Horror, suggested for Mature Readers.
Based on the poem of the same name by John Keats, La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a four-part series that deconstructs the myth of the femme fatale and drags The Beautiful Lady out of the forest and screaming into the modern world.
Featuring a bonus short story by P M Buchan, pin-ups by Anna Fitzpatrick (Between Worlds) and Jessica Monster, and additional design by Mike Stock (VS Comics, Dead Roots), this is a comic that will haunt you long after you finish the last page. This issue also includes a link to download the soundtrack to Chapter Two, A Faery’s Song, written and recorded by Oklahoma-based punk-rock band For the Wolf.
Leave a note in the instructions box at purchase if you choose a dedication or signed copy by the writer. Unfortunately Karen Yumi Lusted is currently out of the country and unable to sign any comics.
Praise for Chapter One:
“Intriguingly, and on some pages wordlessly, this graphic Belle Dame draws on Keats’ poem for its power. The first issue merely sets up the story, but I’m hoping its creators are considering a sequel.”
---Michael Caines (The Times Literary Supplement)
“Beautiful and brutal, elegant and eerie, Buchan and Lusted have crafted one of the most horrible, wonderful terror tales to debut in recent memory. One of the best horror comics of 2012.”
---Brett Schwaner (Screen Door Revolution)