For day four of my adventures through Frighteningly Good Reads I tried a graphic novel. I have only recently been introduced to the wonder of graphic novels and finding a scary one that was also excellent was surprisingly easy.
Through the Woods by award winning comic-creator Emily Carroll is a book of five short horror stories. In addition to the art, which I found very creepy (I’d say that this as a good thing, after all it is a horror book), the stories are told in sort of the manner one would any scary tale. Just, imagine that you and your friends are sitting around a campfire. One leans into the glow to speak in a whisper, “There was a girl…and there was a man…” This is how I heard the stories in Through the Woods.
And the creep factor in these drawings is high but doesn’t pass my gross-out limit. The author was able to build anticipation and tension with her art and words and leave me baffled on one story, transfixing in horror on another and actually shuddering on a third. Each story stayed in my mind but if I were being honest, the fifth one really scared me the most. I mean, really scared me. I almost tossed the book across the room.
This book really puts the Frightening into my growing collection of Frightening Good Reads. If you want to try a truly scary graphic novel I highly recommend sitting down and taking a trip Through the Woods.
Tell me, please!
Do you enjoy graphic novels? What about scary short stories?
Thank you for the warning. CNN scares me enough. I will take a pass on this one. The answer to your questiond are no, I do not enough graphic novels. I do not care for the art form and scary novels scare me!
I thought the same thing when I first started looking at Graphic Novels but some of them are gorgeous! I’ll to to recommend some on the other end of the spectrum that might appeal to you.
I don’t think I’ve ever really read a graphic novel. And as for the scary factor… I don’t know. 🙂 But I recently saw this book on instagram and immediately thought that I have to have it. Although the scary part, well…scares me 🙂
You’ll have to let me know what you thought. I was surprised by how fun and scary it was!
Thanks for the review and I do enjoy a scary story. I know he’s old school but I highly recommend Algernon Blackwood. I live in Canada and he wrote several scary stories about Canada. You can find him on kindle for free in the public domain. Give him a try and let me know what you think.
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I am obsessed with all things Canadian for some time now so this is right up my alley! Thank you for the recommendation!