Monday, March 9, 2015

Through the Woods

Author: Emily Carroll
Info: Margaret K. McElderry Books, copyright 2014, 208 pages
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens (Top Ten) (2015)

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): There are monsters in the woods.  There are big tall terrible monsters in the woods.

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 aways you there...

~Goodreads Description

This was a recommended read from a former colleague and showed up on an assigned reading list, so I thought I'd give it a try.  There's something seriously wrong with Emily Carroll.  She must have some pretty wicked dreams.  Terrifying, dark, and kind of evil.

I think this might be my first short story graphic novel.  I'm usually not a fan of short stories, but it felt a little easier to get into the story with pictures.  It might have helped that the stories were super creepy and kind of felt like someone was telling you a ghost story around a campfire.  Oh!  Or like Are you Afraid of the Dark?!  Did I just date myself there?  Oh well.  90s Nickelodeon was fantastic.

The artwork really creates a menacing, dark tone.  Very few colors are used throughout, and those that are used are dark and moody.  Carroll definitely knows how to create atmosphere, give you just enough to draw you in, then leave you with a horrifying cliffhanger twist that makes your hair stand on end.

Tons of fun, and a great read for teens who like scary stories.

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