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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442465956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442465954
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*"A sure winner for any reader with a yen to become permanently terrified. Brilliant." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"Emily Carroll's Through the Woods 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, three-time Eisner Award-winning author of BLANKETS)

"Through the Woods is a triumph, it's gorgeous, soft and bright, and it is dark, earthy and spin-chilling. [Emily Carroll] should be recognized as one of the best graphic storytellers out there." (Kate Beaton, author of HARK! A VAGRANT)

"Through the Woods will dazzle you, seduce you, amaze you, delight and frighten and enchant you. What a talent. What a voice." (Mark Siegel, author of SAILOR TWAIN, OR THE MERMAID IN THE HUDSON)

"This book is full of gorgeous, terrifying tales of mysterious wooded misadventures that creep right into your brain and seduce you." (Lucy Knisley, author of RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN)

"Stunning, magical. Hauntingly gothic...[Through the Woods] made me feel like a child again, reading grim fairy tales." (Jane Harris, author of THE OBSERVATIONS)

"Beautiful, beguiling, and thrillingly eerie." (Michael Faber, author of THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE)

"Through the Woods is an uncanny wonder. This haunting collection of visual stories, part Stephen King and part Edgar Allen Poe, is a special kind of quiet horror." (John Hendrix, winner of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Best of Show Award.)

*"It is [Carroll’s] eerie illustrations—popping with bold color on black, glossy pages—that masterfully build terrifying tension and a keep-the-lights-on atmosphere." (Booklist, starred review)

*“Instead of the gratifying defeat of evil, the gothic stories often leave off unsettlingly with a twist of the knife, just at the moment some fresh horror beckons.”—Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

*"This is a beautifully rendered but deeply chilling collection of vignettes that will be most appreciated by teens and adults who are fans of fairy tales, horror, and the things that hide in the dark. A delight for Edgar Allan Poe and Alvin Schwartz enthusiasts." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Carroll makes the woods of the title entirely her own, a metaphor for the danger that lurks and snarls outside the door, but which entices us outside, nevertheless." (Globe and Mail)

"Canadian comics writer Emily Carroll has produced 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 imagination? Is the haunting just guilt, grief, loneliness, psychosis or something supernatural? Her eerie tales will haunt you." (Financial Times)

"Oh holy hell—Emily Carroll's horror comic collection Through The Woods is so freaking spooky... Each little horror comic is so creepy and absolutely gorgeous.... So turn off all the lights and curl up for a good chill." (i09)

 *"Bone rattling." (Shelf Awareness, Starred Review)

"The whole book is magnificently executed… is all dextrous and varied and absolutely masterful… Carroll…lures us in only to do terrible, wonderful things to our heads and hearts.” (Amal El-Mohtar NPR)

"Through the Woods is, in every sense of the word, thrilling.” (New York Times Book Review)

About the Author

Emily Carroll was born in London, Ontario, in June of 1983. In addition to the many short online comics found at her website, her work has been featured in numerous print anthologies. She currently lives with her wife Kate and their large orange cat in Stratford, Ontario.

Customer Reviews

This book has beautiful illustrations and amazing stories!
Nickolas Geeker
This book is made up of five illustrated short stories, all of which were creepy, mysterious, and spine-chillingly awesome.
Stefani Sloma
Emily Carroll is one of my absolute favorite cartoonists, this book is gorgeous and spooky and absolutely worth a read!

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. B. on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent and gorgeous collection of five stories by Emily Carroll (four new, one old). Carroll's stories are creepy as hell and not to everyone's taste, so go to her website ( and read "His Face all Red". If you liked it, you'll like this book. If you didn't like it, you won't like this book. (The stories in "Through the Woods" are all in the same fairy tale/horror vein as "Face all Red", and "Face all Red" is actually in the book.)

Also, be forewarned that the stories are pretty gruesome. Definitely not a book for children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Graphic Novels are so much fun to read, and Through the Woods was fantastic! I think this book will appeal to readers young and old alike. It was surprisingly spooky in some tales, which was an added delight. I was not expecting to get goosbumps while reading. I sat down and read the book and I as soon as I was done I went over to my cousins house to look through it with her son that loves all things ookey and spooky. He is in second grade and he loved the book! I couldn't even get him to give it back to me when I was reading.

Through the Woods features 5 stories. I am having a hard time even picking my favorite one- they were all wonderful. I think if I had to pick I would choose My Friend Janna. My little cousin's favorite was The Nesting Place. The pictures are vivid and the perfect accompaniment for the story. Through the woods makes me want to pick up more graphic novels. I have seen this listed as middle grade and young adult. I would think it leans more towards middle grade, but there are some pretty chilling parts so young readers beware! (but all of the young readers I have encountered couldn't get enough of the graphic stories.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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Truly spectacular in every way. I have been a fan of Emily Carroll for quite awhile now and this book certainly does not disappoint. Not everyone will enjoy the stories and I highly recommend that you read a few of her earlier stories off her website before you purchase if you are unfamiliar with her.
With that say I can most certainly say that I enjoyed every story in the book, if I had one compliant it would be that it is a tad short. There are really only five stories and only four of them are new. However, all of them are good, and you will probably want to read through each of them multiple times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack on September 11, 2014
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Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Surrounded by adults who are certain that the world is solid all the way through, that nothing lurks in the dark corners of your room just because you can't see for sure. But you... you aren't so sure. You're just young enough that the world still seems magical, dangerous, impossible to predict. And then you see something you can't explain, something the adults assure you can't exist- but it sees you right back. And it's smiling. And it looks hungry.

I've been a fan of Emily Carroll for a long time, wholly because her stories beautifully encapsulate that feeling of helplessness, of inexplicable danger, that comes at a certain age. I've often wondered why her stories are so chilling to me, and why other contemporary horror/fable/fantasy artists don't have the same effect. I think there is a temptation to avoid threatening young people- not to necessarily never put them in dangerous situations, but certainly to imply that they were never in any -real- danger. It seems that, with a few exceptions (Neil Gaiman being one), if someone is hurt or killed, they must have deserved it, and if our protagonist is to survive, they must be fundamentally a good person.

Carroll, for the most part, leaves morality out of the equation. Whether or not you're a good person makes no difference to the hungry wolf. The dangers of this world are large, oblique, and irreverent of your hopes. No one can predict when the worst happens, and when it happens there are some who live, and some who die. But there are none who get away without scars. And it's only a matter of time before the inevitable.

There's a great deal to be said about this compilation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OreoBlizzard on July 19, 2014
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"Through the Woods" is a fantastic collection of five chilling stories from the amazing Emily Carroll. The storytelling within these pages are top notch. Each panel is carefully crafted and is effective in setting the tone of each story, always leaving the reader curious as to what will happen next. The illustrations are beautiful and frightening.

Emily Carroll's stories are not for everyone. Consider visiting Emily Carroll's website to look at some of his stories to see if you would enjoy this book. I highly recommend, as do many of the reviewers here, reading "Face All Red," one of his most popular stories. You can find it at this website: That particular story is also in this book!

My only complaint about the book is that it's way too short! Each story is not that long at all -- you'll find yourself finishing the book in about 30-45 minutes (and maybe more, depending on if you love looking back at the illustrations) and wishing for more.

Definitely not for children, so don't buy it for your kid unless you want to give him/her nightmare fuel :)
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