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Through the Woods Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571288642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571288649
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful, beguiling and thrillingly eerie. (MICHEL FABER)

Stunning, magical. Hauntingly gothic, it made me feel like a child again, reading Grimm fairy tales. (JANE HARRIS)

Mesmerizes and inspires; a Victorian gothic playground haunted by Mary Shelley & Edward Gorey, awash in the dream-like haze of Odilon Redon, and composed with the poetic elegance of Ukiyo-e. I loved it. (CRAIG THOMPSON)

'A wonderful new collection by the Canadian comic artist and writer Emily Carroll. As Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) has already pointed out, Carroll's talent is immense: the mood of these stories is Brothers Grimm by way of Patricia Highsmith or Stephen King, while her drawings, so fluidly lavish and atmospheric, seem to channel Edward Gorey.' (Rachel Cooke Observer, Graphic Novel of the Month)

'A graphic debut that blends the gothic strangeness of Tim Burton with the macabre illustrations of Edward Gorey to create a wonderfully chilling collection of tales ... Eschewing neat endings, Carroll leaves lingering questions: how much is real and how much is imagination? ... Her eerie tales will haunt you.' (Financial Times)

'The gothic tradition is alive, or perhaps splendidly undead, in Emily Carroll's chilling period folktales Through the Woods. Particularly effective is how Carroll insinuates her handwritten narration within her elegant page designs ... Carroll knows when to shock on the turn of a page and when to leave her horrors lurking.' (Paul Gravett Independent)

'Properly terrifying ... revenge and comeuppance are at the centre of these stories, as ghosts, monsters and demons seek to manipulate ordinary people, folk who have allowed themselves to get involved in unspeakable evil, and to hell with the consequences. Carroll delivers all of this with an understated melancholy and a creeping dread, the narrative bursting into flashes of bloody terror at just the right moment, and she shows the perfect pacing and narrative skill of an accomplished storyteller.' (Doug Johnstone, Big Issue)

Carroll has a mainline to the reader's psychic pressure points, the kind of fears and phobias that go all the way back to the cave. She also has the confidence to let her images do the work when it best serves the story ... [She] might have made her name online, but Through the Woods is a powerful argument for the physical book as fetish object. It's a beautiful artefact, confidently written and lavishly designed. Just don't bring it to bed. (Peter Murphy Irish Times)

Outstanding ... Carroll uses a combination of the rhythmic language of fairy tale and a clear and cartoony art style to make the book's moments of horror genuinely unnerving. (QUADRAPHEME)

'Like all the best Grimm fairy tales, Carroll conjures visions of monsters and terrors that lurk in the darkness and haunt our dreams, bringing them to life with her sinister yet stunning illustrations ... Through The Woods looks and feels like a modern day collector's item. It's a book that should be looked after and treasured, to be brought out on cold winter nights and read by the fire with a mug of steaming hot chocolate. It's a beautifully crafted and poetic book that shows off Carroll's skill as both an artist and a storyteller.' (Culture Fly)

Atmospheric illustrations, saturated in grey, black and slashes of red, provide a spooky backdrop to these five psychologically complex gothic stories ... Carroll eschews easy endings for something darker and deliciously unresolved. (METRO)

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A fantastically dark and timeless graphic debut, for fans of Grimm Tales, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and the works of Neil Gaiman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as soon as it came out but it was only last night that I got around to reading it. For a dark, chilly night, it was the perfect companion.
THROUGH THE WOODS contains five tales. To all of them there is a quality which suggests fairy tales; dark fairy tales. All of the tales are told through illustrations as well as words. Very often, the pictures are seemingly simplistic but do not be taken in by this supposed simplicity. They add another layer to the tales, often saying more than a whole paragraph can. And, what tales they are! Despite their short length, the impact that they have is far greater than you may imagine. Perhaps because of the tales being so heavily illustrated, I found that this was a completely different reading experience to reading a novel or a tale with a few illustrations. The tales stay with you after you close the book - and, although I often enjoy reading scary novels before bed, I can honestly say that I had the worst sleep of my life after reading these! If nothing else, I think that is testament to just how well they are produced.

I loved these tales. If you enjoy haunting, dark stories which will give you real tingles up your spine, then I would urge you to take a step into the woods with Emily Carroll, and see what she has to tell you.
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Format: Paperback
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and my partner picked it up a couple of weeks ago for us both to read.

The book contains five short stories (plus an intro and a prologue), which I've decided to do separate, mini reviews of, but I have to say first off, as a whole I completely adored this book. It was haunting and beautiful and has completely inspired me too.

An Introduction

These first few pages play on a fear that almost everyone has had: fear of the dark, of something moving in the dark, of something waiting for you just outside the light that protects you. It feels like a warning of things to come in the book.

Our Neighbor's House

This was a lovely introduction into the style of story. It felt very much like a fairy tale: the way the story progressed with the three sisters and the focus on the three cloaks made me think of Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood all in one (especially as the sister narrating has a red cape). It also sets the tone for the rest of the book: the ending is ominous and resolves nothing

A Lady's Hands Are Cold

This was definitely my favourite of them all, It contains a really haunting rhyme that stuck in my head and completely creeped me out, as well as some of the most beautiful illustrations to go with it. I read fast and I know I should probably take longer with illustrations in graphic novels, and in this one I did double take and have at deeper look a bits, because I kept noticing lots of different elements. The image of the lady in the walls was truly haunting.

His Face All Red

I really enjoyed this story too, but it did leave me wanting more. I wanted - no, needed - to know what had happened to the brother.
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Format: Hardcover
...you're sure of a big surprise! This beautifully crafted book is a thing of terrifying beauty. All fairy tales begin and end in the dark woods don't they? This simple fact has not been lost on author and illustrator Emily Carroll (her name even sounds like the heroine of one) and she has concocted a marvellous portmanteau of five night-time nightmares, reminiscent of those 70's horror films that were once the vogue. Take your pick of influences here, from 'Little Red Riding Hood' and the brothers Grimm, to 'Edgar Allen Poe' and Edward Gorey, with even a hint of 'Daphne Du Maurier', they're all here hiding in the shadows, waiting to leap out at you. Although it's clearly the work of one person, Ms Carroll cleverly uses a range of styles and influences for each story,. from the faux Georgian of 'A Lady's Hands Are So Cold' through to the 1950's-ish 'The Nesting Place.' Undoubtedly you'll have your own favourite. Thematically we get sibling rivalry, doppelgängers, neglected wives, and sullen orphaned girls....along with the ever present woods of course! Carroll leaves some of her stories with very ambiguous and surreal endings, which just add to the eeriness of the whole thing.
This is best read on a clear, silent moonlit night by the light of a flickering candle with a mug of steaming hot chocolate to steady your nerves....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nats on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
brilliant! the images are so expressive that, even without any words, you can almost feel the intensity of the moment. It actually made gasp, and hold my breath at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss E R Burdfield-Steel on 19 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautifully drawn and very chilling. The stories stay with you, especially after you turn the lights out.
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Format: Hardcover
A collection of short stories of the macabre. The artwork is splendidly creepy and alluring. I just knew this would be a special book when I looked at it. The font is a very large script, which first makes the book appear as if it is for children but once you start reading you'll realize these are no tales for little kids. Deliciously devilish and ghoulish, each of these eerie tales are at the peak of disturbing. Common themes between the stories are that there is a forest in each story (though not always crucial to the plot) and the paranormal or mysterious entity thus tying the stories together into a cohesive collection. This has got to be one of my favourite reads this year. Recommended for teens and up.
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