He is renowned for his meticulous, high-contrast and creepy artwork and stories. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, painter Susan Moore, and their two young daughters.
Most of his short stories, published in various supports over the decades, have been collected in the three volumes of the “Charles Burns’ Library” (hardcovers from Fantagraphics Books): El Borbah (1999), Big BabySkin Deep (2001). (A fourth and last volume, Bad Vibes, has yet to be published, which would have the Library collecting the entirety of his pre-Black Hole comics work.)
From 1993 to 2004, he serialized the 12 chapters of his Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Black Hole (12 issues from Kitchen Sink Press and Fantagraphics Books). In October 2005, he released a slightly remastered collection of Black Hole (hardcover from Pantheon Books).
In 2007 Burns contributed material for the French made animated horror anthology Peur(s) Du Noir.