Through the Woods

Hardcover | July 15, 2014

byEmily CarrollIllustratorEmily Carroll

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Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.

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Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.9 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442465956

ISBN - 13:9781442465954

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was adequate I had positive hopes for this book, but not all of the stories had a scary theme (for me). I liked "the Nesting Place" and didn't mind that much "a Lady's Hands are Cold", only because of the imagery. I liked the art style, but most of the stories and introduction/conclusion were either weird or made no sense. The stories didn't have conclusions that I thought were suited to be the resolutions. I wish the book was a little longer, scarier and overall, made more sense.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling. This book was one of the creepiest graphics I've ever read and I loved every minute of it. Beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right amount of spooky This graphic novel is a great read. It has a very classic sense of gothic horror and has just the right amount of creepy without being really scary or gory. The illustrations are beautiful too.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Crafted Horror The artwork, lettering, and writing are phenomenal. I cannot recommend this creepy book enough!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOAH Through the woods is gorgeous!! It is dark and enthralling and absolutly incredible!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read for horror fans Creepy, beautiful and engrossing. The tales also have a feminist stance which gives the book even more depth.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are you afraid of the dark? Canadian author, Emily Carroll brings us a collection of her short stories in one graphic novel. Themed around things that go bump in the night and come from deep in the forest, this one is a perfect read for the month of Halloween! The layout, colouring and art are beautiful! I especially loved the overall black and white paneling, with a splash of colour (reds, greens and blues). The drawings are pretty simple, yet effective. With regards to the scare-factor, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. Maybe it’s because of the lengths of these short stories, but they weren’t quite long enough for my fear or tension to build up and fully develop. I would get a little tense and then it would be the end of the story. Only a few really got me, and I think that was more in part to the graphics than the dialogue. Still, they were all very good tales. I just wished that a few were a little longer. To me, they would have had more effect.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling A great collection of short stories, all with the purpose of creeping you out. A few times I felt chills while reading this book. It also has a slight feminist edge which gives many of the stories real depth.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Great! This graphic novel is really is freaky and unsettling. Do yourself a favour and look up her blog where she posts other horror comics and get a feel for her work.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifically good! I loved each and every page of this book. It's visually stunning and the stories--in the truest most terrifying sense of the word--will haunt you. I've never read anything like this one, and I'm now telling everyone I know to read it. I especially loved the fact that Carroll doesn't at all feel the need to resolve her horror stories; because really, there are no satisfying explanations or resolutions to real life horrors.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This is the first graphic novel I've read. I really enjoyed the creepy eerie feeling you get reading this book. The pictures are beautiful. Definitely a re-read!
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of the Macabre A collection of short stories of the macabre. The artwork is splendidly creepy and alluring. I just knew this would be a special book when I looked at it. The font is a very large script, which first makes the book appear as if it is for children but once you start reading you'll realize these are no tales for little kids. Deliciously devilish and ghoulish, each of these eerie tales are at the peak of disturbing. Common themes between the stories are that there is a forest in each story (though not always crucial to the plot) and the paranormal or mysterious entity thus tying the stories together into a cohesive collection. This has got to be one of my favourite reads this year. Recommended for teens and up.
Date published: 2014-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy and Beautiful This collection of short, folk-tale flavoured horror stories is an enjoyable read for folktale and horror enthusiasts alike. Carroll’s stories allude to and invert classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard and The Velvet Ribbon, while her illustrations set an eerie atmosphere in greys, blues and reds. “The Nesting Place” twists together the best parts of the wicked-stepmother tale with a fresh take on the monster-in-the-woods-monster-within duality to stand out for me as Carroll’s creepiest story.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go through the woods My spine tingles just thinking of it. I genuinely felt the fright creep up on me as I read "Through the Woods" in one night, under the cover of night with a spotlight overhead. How apt that it begins with an introduction about reading before bed and fearing being grabbed by the darkness as your hand reaches out of the safety of brightness to switch off the light. Both in aesthetics and its storytelling voice, Emily Carroll's "Through the Woods" reminded me of Kate Beaton's "Hark! A Vagrant". While one takes on history and literature with her candid humour, the other effectively scares the living hell of readers with her dark gothic horror tales. The stories have an understated simplicity to them but it is through this that Carroll brings out the chilling terror, helped very much by her illustrations. The visuals in this are vivid with colours of primarily of red and blue, black and white, and imaginative since it doesn't just show every single frame but leaves the reader's mind to wander off on its own. Wander you shall, but not through the woods. Never through the woods.
Date published: 2014-09-03

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"Through the Woods is, in every sense of the word, thrilling.”