Black Fairy Tale

About the book:

A raven who has learned to speak from watching movies befriends a young girl whose eyes were ruined in a freak accident. He brings her eyeballs he steals from other people, and when she puts them in her eye sockets, she sees memories from their original owners. Desperate to make the girl happy, the raven brings her more and more eyeballs. This is also the story of a young girl, Nami, who has lost her memories and cannot seem to live up to the expectations of those around her. The stories intertwine in a haunting, dreamy, horrific narrative evoking the raw and universal need for love.



The raven thought about flapping his wings to draw her attention but rejected the idea. He knew of a better way to get humans to notice him.


The girl gave a start and, with a mixture of fear and confusion, asked, “Who’s there?”

The raven finally understood why the girl hadn’t noticed him sitting right in front of her. Normally, this close his black form would be plainly visible to the eye. But sadly this girl had nothing resembling an eye in either of her eye sockets—just two open holes in her little face. She wasn’t able to see anything.

This is my chance, thought the raven. If she can’t see what I am, she might talk to me.


About the Cover Artist:

Takahiro Asano was born in Hokkaido in 1967. After graduating Tama Art University, he worked at design studio HB Company until 1977 and then turned freelance. He has illustrated for magazines, newspapers and company booklets, but he mainly works as a cover artist, and his drawings have been used for many popular books.


Translated by Nathan Collins