“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.” Brothers Grim move over, there’s a new storyteller in the woods. These five mysterious, terrifying gothic short tales will chill your spine, more than any ghost story told around a campfire. Created by Canadian graphic artist/author Emily Carroll, each story is dark in topic and images, which will cause readers to ponder the outcome of each story endings. Each horrifying tale comes to life visually in this graphic novel, using rich dark ink and graphite drawings along with the handwritten text, which twists and turns, deliberately matching the mood of the story. Readers will be both repulsed and drawn to the eerie, frightening images, if they are bewitched by the horror genre.
This ‘graphic’ horror novel is not for everyone, but is an excellent example of how oral storytelling can be transformed using imagery. Expect that it will likely win awards before the year end. Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel. Suitable for Grades 7-12.