Through the Woods- Stories by Emily Carroll
Review by Lauren
Source: book sent for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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
Review: When I was randomly sent a copy of Through the Woods to review, I was excited because I love finding new graphic novels - or in this case, graphic short stories - to check out. I hadn't heard of Emily Carroll before, but after diving into her creepy little tales, I am definitely calling myself a fan.
First off, the artwork in this collection is simply beautiful. The people have an animated/cartoon look as opposed to extremely realistic, but it works, as these are definitely fairy tales gone wrong. The color red is prominent throughout the stories and it really highlights the madness within each one.
As for the actual stories themselves, I think it's impossible for me to choose one favorite. All of them have a haunting feel that leaves you slightly scared and wondering about the character's ultimate fate. None of these tales leave you with a concrete ending, which makes sense with the short story format. It also adds more spookiness to everything, though. If we knew what transpired after the story ended, it would ruin the wonder of it all. Though I said I couldn't pick a favorite among these five stories, I do think "A Lady's Hands Are Cold" is definitely up there as among the best. It almost feels inspired by Edgar Allan Poe in a way.
To showcase what you can except from Carroll, I decided to share a page from "A Lady's Hands..." (I do not own the image).
Overall, I am definitely glad that I was given the chance to read Carroll's work and I suggest many of you to give it a shot too. This would be great for Halloween; which is fast approaching! I will certainly check out anything else Emily Carroll publishes in the future!