Through the Woods: ‘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… – Goodreads
Through the Woods Review
Never before have I came across a graphic novel that I actually truly enjoyed looking at. Much less one that managed to creep me out in any fashion! Through the Woods was one of the picks for our 2016 Horror Reading Challenge for the month of September. I decided to give it a try, and was pretty much instantly fascinated.
I’ve seen the never-dying arguments about graphic novels not really counting towards reading challenges and such, because they ‘aren’t really books’. I’ve always fallen on the ‘eh, whatever, at least they’re reading’ side. I can’t say that Through the Woods really changed that – it’s still not quite as satisfying as having words painting pictures in your mind. However, the book did enable me to finally understand some of the appeal behind these type of novels. The color palette, exquisite focus on the important bits, and even the font all worked together to tell each story.
Out of the five stories, A Lady’s Hands are Cold was definitely the best one in my opinion. It actually managed to creep me out a bit. I think the artwork in this one is the most exquisite. The opening panels do a great job of hooking the reader immediately and setting the story up in just a few simple words. Our Neighbor’s House – the first of the lot – was classic in a sort of “told ’round the campfire” type way. The build-up to that last line was great. I loved the stark lines and bold colors in certain panels. His Face All Red had one of those endings that I didn’t quite get at first. Good, but not my favorite. My Friend Janna was the least memorable of the bunch. Now, the one that it ended on, The Nesting Place had me snorting in amusement. It was the only one where I felt like the artwork was silly, and detracted from the story. Still, ending a book of horror stories on a light note isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Overall, Through the Woods is a gorgeous book, very entertaining, and well worth your time. You can purchase it here on Amazon.
My question for you is: Are there any other graphic novels out there like this one you know of that I might enjoy?