Author: Emily Carrol
Published: July 15th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Blurb: 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…
Things I liked:
- The visual design and layout of this graphic novel was really unique and gorgeous.
- The stories seemed to connect and flow well together in spite of really being standalones.
- The use of color was so minimal that it was really very striking.
Things I disliked:
- That the endings were often so open ended. I am finding more and more as a reader I prefer a definitive conclusion to the stories I read.
My favorite story was the last one because I think the twist was genuinely terrifying whereas most of the stories were more atmospheric.
What I thought of the art style:
The art is absolutely what makes these stories work. Each panel is gorgeously designed and unique in style, though definitely it had a consistent style for each of the panels. I love the minimal use of bright colors, it made this graphic novel really standout.
I picked this graphic novel up on a whim when I was looking through the Young Adult section because the cover was so visually striking and I loved the unique style of the panels inside. This graphic novel wasn’t entirely what I expected based on the blurb on the back, the stories are standalones and each one concludes with a spooky but vague ending. It reminded me of the kinds of stories you would tell at summer camp around a fireside at night time, in that they were short and atmospheric. I would have preferred if the stories had a more definitive beginning, middle and conclusion. That being said I still really enjoyed this graphic novel and would recommend it to those who are looking for a spooky but not horrific read for the Halloween season.