Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods.

NY: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Carroll is a new name to me, but she is evidently building quite a reputation as a graphic novelist. This one is a collection of five thoroughly spooky stories, all under the rubric, “It came from the woods; most strange things do.”

In all of them, the art does most of the work, the text being a continuing storyteller narrative. In fact, the stories could stand up very well on their own, just as well-told tales, with no art at all. The tone is somewhere between the Brothers Grimm and a dead-serious Edward Gorey, with blood, murder, assorted other modes of death, creepy shadows, and unexplained disappearances throughout.

And, as a re-imagined Red Riding Hood finds out at the very end, when you walk through the woods at night over and over again, you must be lucky enough to avoid the wolf every single time. But the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.

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