Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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6 Critic Reviews

Eschewing neat endings, Carroll leaves lingering questions: how much is real and how much imagination? Is the haunting just guilt, grief, loneliness, psychosis or something supernatural? Her eerie tales will haunt you.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Emily Carroll

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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.
 
Published July 15, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 04 2014

Lonely houses, dark woods and wolves? Check. Spectral figures with blood-red innards? Check. Writhing tentacles bursting from suddenly inhuman mouths? Check! A sure winner for any reader with a yen to become permanently terrified. Brilliant.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 21 2014

Instead of the gratifying defeat of evil, the gothic stories often leave off unsettlingly with a twist of the knife, just at the moment some fresh horror beckons.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Aug 17 2014

...for me, reading Through the Woods was indeed a powerfully nostalgic experience. As I turned the pages, eyes goggling at Carroll's blood-drenched skies...I was taken right back to childhood...With its lost girls and its faceless demons...Through the Woods takes in some pretty dark territory. But it's enchanting too.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Amal Elmohtar on Jul 29 2014

With very few exceptions, I tend not to seek out horror. Emily Carroll's Through the Woods is so thoroughly an exception that I have to revise my stance on the whole genre.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Carl Wilkinson on Jul 18 2014

Eschewing neat endings, Carroll leaves lingering questions: how much is real and how much imagination? Is the haunting just guilt, grief, loneliness, psychosis or something supernatural? Her eerie tales will haunt you.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Sean Rogers on Nov 21 2014

...Carroll makes the woods of the title entirely her own, a metaphor for the danger that lurks and snarls outside the door, but which entices us outside, nevertheless.

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