Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'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...

Details Through the Woods

TitleThrough the Woods
Release DateJul 15th, 2014
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics, Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Through the Woods

  • Patrick
    This book freaked my shit out.Yeah. How's that for a blurb? "This freaked my shit out." - Patrick RothfussThe truth is, this book is amazing. I've read a lot of great comics this last year, and out of all of them, this is the one that had the most profound emotional effect on me. It's not gory, or graphic. It's... unsettling. It's creepy. It's like the darkest of the old-school faerie tales.I read it at night before I was going to go to bed. And...
  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    I feel like this is something I will go back to and reread a few times, but I am slightly terrified to do so...
  • Lola
    Goosebumps. Full of them. Reading this horror filled graphic novel during night-time turned out to be a terrifying idea. Yet, I couldn’t stop reading. It was captivating. I don’t think I’ve even noted a single thing of my environment while reading it; there was only the book and I. There were five short stories in this book. All of them contained a spooky or completely frightening plot that will keep you on the edge. The author also managed...
  • karen
    if i were judging this book solely on its artwork, it would be an easy five stars. there are five main stories, plus an introduction and a conclusion, each with their own style of illustration. it's not that i love them all equally, but i do generally appreciate range and variety : in a way, it kind of reminded me of fear(s) of the dark, a film in which several different illustrators bring their own brand of creepy to life through unique anim...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    A set of five short little horror stories. Everyone loves this book.Everyone says don't read these at dark.I thought I would flip out over this book. I didn't.I think I may not be the target audience for something like this. I'm not really a fan of short stories. At least the ones that have no definite endings. It does have some awesome artwork though. I think if I had read these when I was a teenager I went have went bonkers over them. But my o...
  • Ariel
    This is one of the CREEPIEST most BEAUTIFUL most MYSTICAL most TERRIFYING things I have EVER READ.That's really all I can say. Go read this. It's utterly enchanting.The artwork is magnificent. MAGNIFICENT. Every page was a marvel. And the stories are so entertaining and keep you so intrigued, and are so intense. And it's scary. Oh my god it's terrifying. One of the creepiest books I've ever read, but in a good way. My favourite story was "Our Nei...
  • Maureen
    Definitely one of the creepiest books I've ever read - SHOULD NOT HAVE READ IT AT NIGHT.The art was beautiful and the stories were really great. Honestly, some of them, while being creepy, could be a metaphor for mental illness/depression (in a twisted way, yes, but still metaphors) which I found really interesting. Overall a really compelling read with a lot of different elements - most of them being TERRIFYING.DEFINITELY LEARN FROM ME AND DON'T...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Loved the illustrations but didn't love the stories as much unfortunately :/
  • David Schaafsma
    11/11/18: I reread this book because I reviewed and shared some of her free short stories here for Halloween, and because I read Speak: The Graphic Novel, which she illustrated for Laurie Halse Anderson. Now, more than two years after I initially read it, I am feeling Carroll's groove. I wasn't as appreciative as I am now. I think she is one of the truly entertaining horror illustrators out there.1/29/15 (edited a bit for clarity): This did creep...
  • Elyse Walters
    I haven't bought books to 'write off'.....but I actually could. In the guest room of of our Airbnb.... I have a book shelf. I like to leave books for our guests to enjoy while they stay with us. We don't offer a TV in the room. We've been getting a lot of return guests ---people who come to town for business-and enjoy staying in our little retreat oasis- private quiet - their own warm pool and sauna. I've been getting feedback on the books I leav...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    If there’s such thing as falling in love at first sight with graphics, I think I just experienced it.No, really. How am I supposed to rate this beautiful set of short stories? I would give it 5 stars solely for the art. The temptation is real, trust me. As it is, I’m going to do some magic average trick and call it a day. Here we go.No surprise here, of course the art deserves all the stars! If Emily Carroll uses different techniques in each ...
  • Katie
    I want to panel my bedroom with the pages from this book - although that might disturb visitors.I adored the imagery and writing as a whole, but for over half of the stories, I felt the endings fell a bit flat.
  • Heather
    Loved this!!! PERFECT book to read near Halloween!!!
  • Maxwell
    That wasn't nearly as scary as I was expecting. The art is beautiful though. I love the color palettes she chose for each story; they work very well together. They read like spooky folk tales, and while I wasn't particularly scared by them, they are rather creepy. I felt like a few of the stories ended too abruptly though. I would love for the author to make a longer, single scary story and really expand on what she has here. There wasn't much di...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This is my favorite art out of any graphic novel i've ever read! Although sometimes I was confused during this, I loved how I was so creeped out that I was nervous to turn the page. Honestly I would highly recommend this graphic novel because it's so neat. I thought I wouldn't like it because it's individual short stories, but I was wrong!
  • Nick
    LOVED THE FIRST 2 STORIES:)Full review to come!
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    This one is as darkly beautiful as it is beautifully dark. What more can a nefarious tyrant with a penchant for all things aesthetic ask for, I wonder? Not much, methinks. Not bloody shrimping much.The graphics and colors are scrumptiously delicious and deliciously scrumptious. Damn, the whole thing is so magnificently done even the fonts are yummy as shrimp. (Which is slightly outrageous, if you ask me.)Then there's the Sometimes Creepy Somethin...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListTHIS BOOK IS SO COOL, CREEPY, AND GREAT GRAPHICS!I'm going to do each little story so here we go......OUR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSEOne day a father of three girls says he's going out hunting, he told the girls that if he didn't come back in three days to go to the neighbor's house. I'm thinking they should have done what he said. Now I'm not sure if the same thing would have happened, but still... Since they decided t...
  • Sarah Churchill
    I'd heard this graphic novel was creepy, but I don't think I'd realised just how creepy. I probably should have guessed when it said it was perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman. A collection of horror stories that all feature that epitome of childhood creepiness - the woods. The artwork style, simplistic and almost child-like adds to the tension, and Emily Carroll is not afraid of some blood and gore in her illustrations.This is a definite recommendat...
  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
    Some background: I picked up this little beauty at Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal, an amazing bookshop specialising in graphic novels and comics, and when I bought it the cashier told me, "This book is really good." Cool, I thought, that's a good recommendation. But then I read the book and let me tell you that is the understatement of the freaking century.This book is not just really good. It is fantastic. It is dark and creepy and weird and beau...
  • Sam Quixote
    I’m looking through a window at some trees in the early evening, the trees becoming darker and darker, and I feel something despite myself - the DNA starts moving, remembering a time when the darkness of the trees meant danger. Emily Carroll plays off of those primal fears in the folkish horror stories of Through the Woods, which also warns “It came from the woods. Most strange things do.”The first story, Our Neighbor’s House, loosely rif...
  • Bradley
    Horror stories done stark and right, minimalist and tear-your-face-off creepy.Seriously. I think I only like one of the five stories, but I loved the other four. Crazy solid scares, and now I've got a good book to read to my daughter once she finally stops needing to sleep with the light on.After all, we can't have our children growing up unafraid, now can we?(Puts on a wide brimmed hat and grins in such a way that all of his teeth gleam like pia...
  • Hershey
    Well, this book didn't really get to me. I wasn't freaked out by this horror filled graphic novel and on the whole, I was quite disappointed. I don't know if it was bad timing or anything but really, I didn't feel a single chill go through me.I honestly wanted to feel all the goosebumps and hear my heart go thud, thud, thud but yeah, I didn't get any of that. Shucks. I hoped at the end of each story that the next one was going to scare the shit o...
  • Mario
    That was really creepy. But also really amazing.
  • Lotte
    A deliciously creepy graphic novel with some absolutely beautiful artwork. I'm very glad I read this during the day because some of those stories were quite gruesome. Loved it!
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I first want to start off by mentioning the BEAUTIFUL artwork in this book by Emily Carrol, it was just stunning. I would frame some of this stuff, yes it's a bit twisted but in the most glorious way! I hope to see lots more from her in the future. Were the tales scary? To me they were more unsettling then scary, it was really fun trying to figure out the more ambiguous ones. Ok, on to the actual tales:Our Neighbor's...
  • Anastasia
    5/5 stars Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories. 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 yo...
  • Kayla Dawn
    3,5* - the atmosphere and the art style are absolutely perfect and fitting for the stories. I just felt like the stories were a little too short.
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    I was in a bit of a reading slump (it happens to all of us!) and wanted super quick read to get me back into the reading spirit. I picked up one of the graphic novels I bought recently, Through the Woods, and read it in my garden in one sitting, lazing about in the sunshine. As it happens, it was the perfect juxtaposition. I couldn't have handled reading Through the Woods in the winter – it's chilling!Through the Woods delivers five beautifully...
  • Nat
    I'm glad that I picked Through the Woods up because I really love short stories, but these ended way too soon. I kept wanting to google the answers to find out what exactly happened. It was, however, a quick and peculiar read.Rating for each of the stories:Our Neighbor’s House- 4/5 starsThis was my favorite story, it follows three sisters left alone in their home and stalked by a strange, grinning man.I didn’t really get the ending— I actua...