Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Through The Woods – Emily Carroll

Through The Woods – Emily Carroll

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. 
These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. 
Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there . . .

Review: This book consists of five spooky short stories that take place in the woods. I’ve never read a graphic short story collection before, and I’m fairly new to sequential art books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.” – Through the Woods

I am completely in love with the art. I’ll have to check out Emily Carroll’s other work because it’s beautiful. Admittedly, I haven’t read many graphic novels, but this is my favorite art style I’ve come across so far. I especially like that the author/illustrator uses slightly different colors for each story. Some of them are bright and bold with big blocks of color. Others are more subtle and realistic.

The stories remind me of campfire tales. They’re odd, but they don’t have a lot of depth or explanation. In most of the stories, the lack of depth and explanation didn’t bother me, but one of the stories is a bit confusing because the ending isn’t explained very well.

My favorite story in the collection is “Our Neighbor’s House.” It’s about three sisters who are left on their own until a mysterious man in a big hat shows up. I like the bold colors, and I wasn’t expecting that ending.

In “A Lady’s Hands are Cold,” a girl is forced into a marriage she doesn’t want. At night, in her new house, she hears strange music and sets out to find where it’s coming from. This story probably has the weirdest love-triangle ever.

I might have missed something about “His Face All Red.” (Possibly because I was reading this book while working, as responsible adults do. In my defense, it’s an entertaining book.) This story is about a man who kills his brother. I thought the story ended suddenly, and I didn’t totally understand the ending.

“My Friend Janna” features two women who are running a psychic scam, but one of them might not be faking her psychic abilities. This story isn’t as gripping as the first two, but I like the colors and the spooky illustrations.

I had no idea where “The Nesting Place” was going when I started it. It’s about a young girl who is staying with her brother and his wife after the death of her mother. The brother’s wife may not be who she seems. The story has a lot of suspense, but the ending was kind of “meh” for me. I think I was expecting something crazier.

I was on the fence about reading this book, but I’m very glad I did. It’s worth reading for the gorgeous art alone. The words are just the creepy icing on top.


  1. I thought this book was a pretty terrific blend of creepy stories and enchanting artwork. It's pretty much always checked out from my classroom library!

    1. I would have been obsessed with this book as a kid. Creepy art and stories? Yes, please.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I've been wanting to read this but haven't because the kids at my library love it SO MUCH that it's always checked out.

  3. I don't like to read creepy novels or stories, but I do like what you're saying about the art in this book! So I might just pick it up strictly for the art. I LOVE that cover! Besides, I don't read that many graphic novels, and do think I should start reading more of them.

    You've written a very thought-provoking, very insightful review, as well! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! : )