Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rated 4 of 5 stars
Emily Carroll writes five creepy stories to read in the dark. Before my review, here’s a Goodreads synopsis:
‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.
These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.
Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…
Carroll really uses the use of eerie drawings to bring home the creepy vibes of her story. In the first story, “Our Neighbors House”, the creepy factor is HIGH. You follow three girls whose father never returns from a hunting trip. They were given instructions to go to the neighbors house if he didn’t return on the third day. As they wait for their father, weird things happen…
In the second story, “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold”, the narrator is a young woman who is betrothed to her new rich husband. While living in the house, she sees and hears things in the walls and when she finds out what it is…she’s not sure if she really wanted to know at all.
In the third story, “His Face All Red”, two brothers go into the woods to fight a beast and only one returns. Well, for a while anyway…
In the fourth story, “My Friend Janna”, a young girl helps her friend dupe the townspeople by claiming she can see and hear ghosts. Little does she know, someone or something has latched on to her from the other side.
In the final story, “The Nesting Place”, a young girl goes to visit her brother and his overbearing wife. As she stays there, she realizes something is not quite right but getting to the bottom of it could take her life.
All the stories in Through the Woods are creepy and eerie. They give you a bit of a pause before moving on to the next one. Definitely enjoyed the artwork and the time period this story was framed around. Super interesting. Recommended for people who love graphic novels and enjoy horror.
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