#DiHM Disabled Couple Create Serial Killer Horror Comic
A Voice in the Dark (originally titled Dark Zoey) is an ongoing comic book series that is written, drawn, toned, and lettered by Larime Taylor. The comics follow a young girl with an unexplained urge to murder those around her.
Taylor was born with Arthrogryposis, a condition which affects movement – and works with his mouth to create the comic series. His wife Sylv, who is legally blind, serves as the colorist for the individual issues and volume covers. Taylor intended for artist Duncan Eagleson to illustrate the series, bu this changed after he realized that he would be unable to afford the price Eagleston charged per page and chose to draw the series himself. His condition means Taylor is unable to draw the comic in conventional means and he illustrates the series using a Wacom Cintiq tablet and a brush that he holds in his mouth.
In an interview, the artist explained more about the origin of the comic. “I describe it as psychological noir. It’s more character-driven than most horror, which is more action-oriented. At its core, it’s about a young woman who is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. Complicating things is the fact that she’s struggling with lifelong compulsions to kill, so on top of deciding what she wants to be when she grows up, she’s wrestling with whether or not she’s a monster and what that means. She isn’t a psychopath and doesn’t want to kill, but it’s an addiction for her.”
A Voice in the Dark was originally planned as a spoof of the horror genre along the lines of the 1988 film Heathers and the character of Zoey was designed to challenge the common trope that racial minority characters are often the first to die. The comic received high praise from both the horror and comic book communities,
One aspect of the comic which was particularly well received was the decision for Zoey to have a typical, non-abusive childhood – and is clearly shown as neither a psychopath or sociopath. Instead Zoey feels emotions and a complex conscience about her murders.