Through the Woods

Through the Woods

by Emily 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442465961
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 61,901
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: GN550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily Carroll was born in London, Ontario, in June of 1983. In addition to the many short online comics found at her website, her work has been featured in numerous print anthologies. She currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.

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Through the Woods 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Stacy_Renee 8 months ago
Five delightfully macabre stories in graphic novel form, Through the Woods is both spine-tingling and satisfying! The tales range from mysterious, to paranormal, to science fiction. I most enjoyed 'A Lady's Hands Are Cold' which was more of a ghost story, but the first story, 'Our Neighbor's House' was quite mysterious and made me stop to think about the short story before I could go on. It's darkly illustrated and rather macabre but still very beautiful and unique. I'd love to own it for the artwork alone if not for the stories! This reminded me very much of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Albert Schwartz, which I loved and reread many times as a kid, as well as Edgar Allan Poe, so it's a must-own if you love horror and dark graphic novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still very good! Just a lot less scary than I thought.
Lauren Plunder) More than 1 year ago
Through the Woods came recommended to me by Cat so of course once a copy showed up at work I purchased it. All I knew going in is that is was dark and horror related which you know is my aesthetic. I love graphic novels and whilst this is definitely horror its not super scary and whilst it is bloody and dark its also kinda cute! I know it doesn’t make sense but it is ok. The five dark stories are all very different plot wise and utilize the main colour palette (red, white, and black) so well. Its been a while so I’m not sure of the title of each of the stories but there is one about a teeth monster that takes on peoples forms and I LOVED IT. It was so spooky and well thought out.I’m 100% into this book as a whole and I’d love to see Emily create more pieces of horror because I’m a fan.
jamjam More than 1 year ago
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Good stories with beautiful and eerie artwork. All of the stories end on cliffhangers, though, and there is no closure. They just end on a creepy note, and at first, I did enjoy that, but it soon became irritating once if I was invested in the story.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library A graphic novel anthology of five horror stories, an introduction, and a conclusion. I think these stories may be a bit too creepy for me though I know other horror aficionados who would love them. I’m not a big fan of the artwork either. While my personal opinion rules my rating I will say that the stories are appropriately skin-crawling and spine-tingling and out of them all I’d say The Nesting Place is my favorite. Though the Introduction resonates a lot with me because I used to read at night, too. *shudders*
Nekko_fox More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the wait.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well, this was creepy. Like creepy but in that fun creepy perfect for Halloween way? The art was perfect for this. The stories as well. Moments where I was like, huh, well that's weird. Really good read.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
The most hauntingly beautiful book I have ever seen! The illustrations alone will creep into your brain and burrow in for nightmares to come. The writing and dialogue has a way of whispering right into your ear, giving chills and everlasting goosebumps. I don't think I will ever be able to convey into appropriate words how brilliant this graphic novel is. Emily Carroll has upped my fairytale expectations to a point that I will probably never be able to find another novel that will captivate like this. First, I must gush over the book's cover and its illustrations; the cover effectively sets the tone to the stories and will draw you in whether or not you want to be. The woods are enchanting and inviting, just look at those dead white trees on the cover - they are raised and textured, and if you look closer, you can see claws branching out to grab at you. You will be captivated by each story; and you will probably skim through the whole book needing to see the stories before you can actually bring yourself to actually read them. That's the beauty of this graphic novel, you don't have to read it in order to feel the eeriness. The words, the dialogue, adds to the horror, suspense and thrill. There are five short stories. But the one that spoke to me the most and will forever give me chills is the second one called A Lady's Hands are Cold... it reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart.  A girl's father marries her off and is sent to go live in her groom's ornate home. Her handmaids dress her richly and she only sees her husband at dinner. Every night she goes to her room and hears an eerie voice, a woman's voice singing the saddest tune, throughout the house - the walls, the floors. After a few nights she is overcome by the woman's grief and goes to investigate where it is coming from... now, let your imagination run. It will not compare to what unfolds for this girl. And then the ending, the 'conclusion' of the entire book, is a story on its own too. It is by far my favorite part of the book since it seems to be an obvious nod to Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Yes, the entire book does have an influence from this fairytale as well, but here, here is where it all starts and ends, and it is truly brilliant! All who love graphic novels, fairytales and/or horror chilling stories will truly appreciate everything about Through the Woods - the quality, the details, the storytelling - these stories will linger on your mind for years to come...  a picture book like no other.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
So. Stinking. Cool. I hadn't been privy to Emily prior to receiving this book form the publisher and shame on me for that! I flipped through the book to glance at the artwork and immediately fell in love with her talent. Her website allows you to view numerous pieces of her artwork and comics - I really loved The Prince and the Sea - and got me even more excited to read this collection. Through the Woods contains a series of short comics that are all equally creepy and gorgeous. Her artwork is simply amazing and while the comics themselves don't take long to read, you will absolutely get lost taking in the details of each page. Her art is filled with blacks, reds, and grays that add to the spooky atmosphere. Her dialogue is part of the artwork instead of the standard speech bubbles or blocks that are found in traditional graphic novels, which makes each page feel more like a work of art than a page from a graphic novel. Even the pages that contain mostly a black background with the characters in shades of gray are breathtaking to look at. The bonus of these pages is that she allows the reader to fill in darkness with their own imagination. Some of these stores come across as nightmares. Like, Emily went around and plucked nightmares from random people and brought them to life through her talented artwork and story telling. Each story stands on its own, and some have endings that are open to a wide interpretation, but the last line of "In Conclusion" actually made me shiver.
jazmine210 More than 1 year ago
If youre wanting the buy this, buy it for the art not the stories. I bought this book in store because i saw that it had two of my favorite elements creepy stories and great illustrations. The author is a women named Emily Carroll, her book consists of 5 short stories, every single page is beautifully illustrated. The art did not disappoint it was beautiful and helped tell the stories quite well and if i had to base my rating solely on illustration i would have given it 5 stars hands down, however i found myself pretty disappointed with the stories themselves especially the first one titled, "Our Neighbors House", and the fourth one titled, "My Friend Jana". - WARNING - Beyond this point will contain very minor details of the book - The first one was going great until the very end where it ends in a very vague and disappointing single four word sentence. I was honesty so excited to for the ending since the rest was so good but i was let down with that less then satisfying ending.  My least favorite, the fourth story, had by far the weakest plot and thats all im going to say about that story. Just know that most of these stories have a weak plot and quite a few unexplained circumstances. The only one i truly liked was the second one, "A Ladys Hands are Cold" its had a firm and complete plot and an ending that made sense and It had no loose ends, i do believe it was based off of the French folktale, "Bluebeard". And the only problem with the last one i had was that despite having the scariest illustrations the story itself wasnt scary at all. I dont recommend this book to people who read horror as this books stories are mildly creepy and thats probably why i didnt find this books as appealing since im so used to reading horror and the fact that i bought it more for the stories than the art. However this book is cute, its quality made, with great illustrations so its overall a nice addition to my library.