Through the Woods

Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This delightful graphic story collection is chock full of well-told spooky stories and charming, expressive art. Carroll is a talented storyteller as well as a gifted artist, and fans of horror and weird fiction will find themselves gobbling this up in one sitting, as I did. There’s not a lot of gore, but there is a lot in the way of doppelgängers, hauntings, body horror, and other classic horror concepts. Some of it is intense, but generally I think younger readers will enjoy it as much as adults. All five of the stories Carroll writes and illustrates are superb, but the standouts for me were “Our Neighbor’s House,” in which three sisters disappear from their home one by one, “His Face All Red,” a chilling tale of a murdered man who has seemingly returned home from the woods where he died, and “The Nesting Place,” a full-on weird, body-horror masterpiece. I can’t recommend this collection enough for fans of horror and illustrated narratives.

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