Edward Gorey meets Tim Burton meets Edgar Allan Poe in award-winning comic illustrator Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, a deliciously spooky collection of short horror stories penned in graphic novel style. Fans of Carroll will be familiar with her 2010 breakout macabre online tale “His Face All Red,” which makes its print debut in Through the Woods, along with four other hauntingly readable stories.
Through breathtaking imagery, simple yet eerie language, and exquisite pacing, master storyteller Carroll takes you on an unforgettably gruesome gothic fairy tale romp through the deep, dark woods, touching on the age-old themes of love, loss, guilt and loneliness, where nothing is as it seems – or is it? All wrapped up in one single unsettling anthology, it is the perfect escape for reluctant readers.
Feeling as though you just somehow tumbled into someone – or something’s –dreadfully beguiling dreams, such as “It came from the woods. Most strange things do,” it’s nearly impossible to tear yourself away from the chilling, quiet horror of it all until you’ve devoured up all 208 spine-tingling pages in one sitting. And, like any good book, it seeps and creeps into your psyche, lingering there long after the last page has been turned. Halloween dare: try reading Through the Woods alone, with just a single light on!