Friday, June 6, 2014

A Voice in The Dark Enters the Mind of a Killer


Larime Taylor knows something about difficulty. He's a "mouth artist," born with arthrogryposis. With use of his limbs severely limited, Taylor draws, shades, and letters his comics using a Wacom Cintiq tablet, holding the stylus in his mouth. He's so dedicated to his craft that he's put his passion into A Voice in the Dark Volume 1, a 208 page paperback for $19.99.

Every day, college student Zoey wakes up and counts the days — the days that she’s resisted temptation, controlled her darker impulses, and resisted what she fears is her true nature. The days since she killed someone. A VOICE IN THE DARK by Larime Taylor, a new graphic novel from Image Comics and Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint, delves into the mind of the killer, one who worries about making a good impression on her roommates and just wants to protect her friends. It will be in stores this summer. But even as Zoey is engaged in her internal turmoil, something sinister is at work in the small university community — one that Zoey suspects she’s given a voice to in her late-night campus radio show.

“She's not a psychopath or sociopath, she has friends, and her daily life is complicated by these compulsions she's had since her earliest childhood memories,” said Taylor. “They've always been there. Now that she's actually acted on them, though, she's losing her grip on them. She's daydreaming and fantasizing about killing people in the middle of class, or even a conversation. She snaps out of it and realizes it was just her imagination, but she's not sure how much longer it'll just be her imagination.”

The book hits comic stores on June 25 and in bookstores July 8. Full press release below.

THE MIND OF A KILLER IS A VOICE IN THE DARK IN NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL

Psychological thriller in stores this summer

Every day, college student Zoey wakes up and counts the days — the days that she’s resisted temptation, controlled her darker impulses, and resisted what she fears is her true nature. The days since she killed someone. A VOICE IN THE DARK by Larime Taylor, a new graphic novel from Image Comics and Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint, delves into the mind of the killer, one who worries about making a good impression on her roommates and just wants to protect her friends. It will be in stores this summer.
But even as Zoey is engaged in her internal turmoil, something sinister is at work in the small university community — one that Zoey suspects she’s given a voice to in her late-night campus radio show.
A VOICE IN THE DARK is written and drawn by Larime Taylor, a “mouth artist” who was born with arthrogryposis. With use of his limbs severely limited, Taylor draws, shades, and letters his comics using a Wacom Cintiq tablet, holding the stylus in his mouth.
Taylor described his protagonist in an interview with Comic Book Resources. “She's not a psychopath or sociopath, she has friends, and her daily life is complicated by these compulsions she's had since her earliest childhood memories,” he said. “They've always been there. Now that she's actually acted on them, though, she's losing her grip on them. She's daydreaming and fantasizing about killing people in the middle of class, or even a conversation. She snaps out of it and realizes it was just her imagination, but she's not sure how much longer it'll just be her imagination.”
Combining the gripping psychological exploration of Dexter and the dry wit of Heathers, A VOICE IN THE DARK VOLUME 1 is a penetrating look at a young woman fighting to seem like what she so desperately wants to be: normal. But her world just may give Zoey a reason to let her inner demons out. It will be in comic book stores on June 25 and arrive in bookstores on July 8.
A VOICE IN THE DARK VOLUME 1 by Larime Taylor
  • ISBN 978-1-63215-057-8
  • 208 pages, black and white, paperback
  • $19.99
  • In comic book stores June 25, in bookstores July 8
  • Collects issues #1-7 of A VOICE IN THE DARK
Praise for A VOICE IN THE DARK:

“Larime Taylor's A Voice In The Dark is an incredibly smart examination of a dark part of American Culture.”
- Justin Giampaoli, 
Comics Bulletin
A Voice In The Dark delivers a visceral psychological thriller that builds with suspense with each turn of the page. Writer/artist Larime Taylor is bringing things to a slow boil by developing the characters, so that when the blood does finally spill it packs an emotional wallop with readers. A Voice In The Dark has readers fully immersed from the first page to the last as Taylor shows us what it’s like to be trapped inside the mind of a killer.”
Bloody Disgusting
[A Voice in the Dark is] another engrossing journey into a burgeoning killers psyche and if you’re not reading this than you’re missing out. Highly recommended.”
- Harrison Rawdin,
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