Through the Woods by Emily CarrollThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

byEmily CarrollIllustratorEmily Carroll

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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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.
Title:Through the WoodsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.7 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442465964

ISBN - 13:9781442465961

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Example of Horror, Mystery, and some very Nice Background/Color Artwork. A good dose of horror, mystery, and some very nice background/color artwork. My favourite is the story that seems to bookend the beginning and end of the book. Little Red Riding Hood was never meant to have a good end. Just endless stories and horrors through dark and terrible woods. As for the stories themselves, I found they were hit or miss. Too horrific and it loses enjoyability. Specifically the one with the eyes. Not to mention it relied on the classic horror style; of unanswered questions you want answered because the protagonist will probably be dead soon; or something similar. However, I liked the ones with hidden messages and user interpretation. Those seemed original and fresh. My favourite being The Neighbour's House. No imminent threat and it leaves interpretation on what actually happened. All in all it was a good and very nicely printed collection. The content needs to be a little more consistent with quality, but through trial, error, and some well placed scares, I can see an improved followup. Well done. I look forward to future works. P.S. You said your artwork was in Gone Home. I've played that and I loved that game. Thank you for adding to overall tone and atmosphere in a small meaningful way. All the best for your future works.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for Me Not a fan a Horror so I didn't really enjoy this, however I think this would be really enjoyed by somebody who does enjoy Horror
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect For Horror Fans I would not recommend reading these before you go to sleep. The artwork is incredibly detailed and the stories are written in such a way as to stick in your brain long after you close the book. They're simple, but pack a powerful punch. Perfect for fans of horror or scary stories.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I have never bought a book like this, but it was great. Great graphics and words. The stories made me really think.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I AM SHOOKETH This book made me feel like I was going through a haunted house. I was on edge the whole time, and was expecting something to jump out and scare me! The art style was also really good.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spooky Bought this for school and I'm so glad I did! Great storytelling and wonderful illustrations.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly spooked Great art and page turner. It's not in your face frightening, but frightening all the same.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like it This book will get your blood pumping
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I loved this book so much, it was creepy and macabre and just deliciously bizarre. I would have love to read this as a child. (but do not read it to your child if they spook easily)
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly touching and horrifying stories with beautiful art Absolutely phenomenal book. I picked it up on a whim and the first story alone had me shaking and I kept coming back to what it might mean. I decided to buy it right then and there and have since put it at the top of the my list of favorite horror books. the illustration are beautiful and haunting. I can't recommend this book enough. you'll love it! Especially if you love horror and a deeply thought provoking book.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Darkness Beautiful art coupled with great knowing of a chilling mood, I was in love from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this in the dark! My boyfriend and I made a blanket fort, turned off all the lights, and read this with just a flashlight (we're in our 30s). We both loved it! It was unsettling without being scary and the illustrations/color palette was stunning.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I read this one while I neither hated or loved it. the art was cool, there isn'y a whole lot I can say it about it.
Date published: 2017-01-19
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

Editorial Reviews

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