Monday, 19 January 2015

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it! 
I thought this would be a book of gruesome fairy tale retellings, but Emily Carroll corrected me (to my unending delight) with this gorgeous book:

1) Emily Carroll writes her own gruesome fairy tales.
2) Emily Carroll writes her own gruesome fairy tales which are so amazing you feel like you've known them your whole life. 

These fairy tales touch on our most primal fears: the dark, the uncanny not quite humans who prey on us and may replace our loved ones, the body horror, blood, dark enclosed spaces, pain, monsters, and death - all of them connected to the woods, the mythical place which the hand of civilization left untouched, where wild beasts roam, and nightmares dwell.

I read this on a cold winter night, and while it definitely improved the reading, I can't say I'd advise it to other readers...
Imagine reading this while the wind howls outside, and you're cold down to your bones:
 Haha... ha. Yeah... "Sweet, wet voice." Good... ...stuff. 

I think the beautiful artwork and the colour choices (not to mention the use of light and dark to create an atmosphere) speak for themselves. But Carroll is also a master when it comes to pacing, and she has that little something only a few possess: the ability to invoke true horror in the readers' hearts.
As Alfred Hitchcock said, "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." And Emily Carroll certainly knows how to make use of this...

Please, please!! go read her comics on her official site!
Not only are they free and amazing, but they also have some connections to the stories in this book.

My personal favourites were The Prince and the Sea and Anu-Anulan and Yir's Daughter, which are, admittedly, the least creepy and more romantic of the bunch, but I read them at about 3 a.m., so what could you expect of me?


  1. Ooooh this is actually on my to-read list and this makes me want to bump it up and read it sooner rather than later! :)

    Thanks for sharing :D I love the amount of pictures you have included.

    Beth x

    1. You should! I absolutely loved it, as you can see from the rating.

      It's the old style of fairy tales where the happy ending isn't there, with the modern twist of sometimes there not being an ending at all.


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