Through the Woods

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Emily Carroll
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Dec 31, 2014

A strikingly illustrated graphic novel featuring short horror stories told in bold blacks, reds, blues and whites. The stories are ones that will stay with you. Each story felt familiar to me, probably inspired by classic fairy tales but each has its own horrific twist. One of my favorites has tones of Little Red Riding Hood, about a girl traveling through the woods to her mother’s house. Her father warns her to travel fast to avoid the wolves in the forest. She travels over hills, between the trees and safely reaches her mother’s home. The reader, ready to celebrate her safe journey is jarred by bold red and black picture of the ominous warning “oh, but you must travel through those woods again and again, and you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time. But the wolf…the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.

Horror fans will love the short, easily consumable stories that even in their brevity; manage to evoke a sense of eerie foreboding in the reader. I recommend this be consumed on a cold, snowy night, alone, under the blankets with a flashlight while the wind whistles through the bare branches outside.

Reviewed by Kate M.
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