Review: ‘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…

I bought Through The Woods after reading about it in Monster, She Wrote. I bought it knowing only two things, the first being that it’s a graphic novel and the second that the stories within it fall into the category of Gothic horror. I hadn’t read any reviews either, so, needless to say, I wasn’t sure what awaited me when I turned onto the first page.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I often find that the books I know little about are often the ones that I enjoy the most and this was certainly the case with Through The Woods. If I were to sum it up in two words, I’d say that it’s delightfully unsettling. There’s a difference between outright scary and unsettling. Scary is loud and in-your-face, whereas unsettling is something more subtle. Unsettling gets under your skin, staying with you into the dark, endless hours of the night, long after you’ve turned the final page. For me, this is a far more effective way of frightening readers.

I highly recommend Through The Woods for any fans of Gothic horror. You won’t be disappointed.

Have you read Through The Woods? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to read Through The Woods? Head on over to Hive, World of Books or Bookshop, or order it through your local bookstore.

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