Tag: horror

Out of the Woods

Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods was oddly reminiscent of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Scary Stories, along with Grimms’ Fairy Tales, were my go-to horror reads as a kid, so this collection really struck a chord with me. Maybe it is the narrative voice of folk tales, or particularly Carroll’s, but these stories were told beautifully. Modern,… Read more →

Almost for Children: The Whimsy and Morbid in Emily Carroll’s “Through the Woods”

I could not resist the temptation of picking up Emily Carroll’s graphic novel “Through the Woods” this past weekend. I’ve always been a fan of children’s books with a slightly morbid twist, one of my favorites being Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark” which is arguably a hauntingly terrifying book for children to read. Carroll’s work is just… Read more →

Horror in Comics

The horror genre is a fascinating one, because it aims to do something that is hard to come up with a concrete formula for: scare us. While any story is going to garner different opinions as to whether it is interesting or funny or exciting, there’s nothing as divisive as determining whether or not a story is scary. We all… Read more →

Zombies Best Dressed in Black and White

Season six of The Walking Dead kicked off on AMC this past Sunday, and fans were greeted to (slight) SPOILER ALERT: unquestionably the biggest horde of zombies to date, as well as buzz worthy black and white sequences juxtaposing up against the series typical color format. This unique shift in the show’s typical form was used to indicate past and present occurrences… Read more →

Too gory for Japan?

You sit in front of you television with your controller in hand, palms sweaty. You knew this moment was coming—a character is about to die. The blade inches closer and closer to the characters abdomen and you are already cringing but you can’t look away. The spinning blade is seconds away from cutting into flesh when—the screen goes black.

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Horror and Humor in “Cat Diary”

Junji Ito is renowned as a prolific author and artist of horror, from individual short stories to multi-volume graphic novels. His continued success in this genre is probably due to his skill at evoking both psychological distress and visceral disgust; this is evident even in plot summaries of his stories, and his unsettling drawings greatly amplify the effect. While I would… Read more →

Mastering Horror: A Comics Study

Warning: Bongcheon-Dong Ghost is a horror webtoon, and as such, this post contains mature themes, images, and other scary stuff. I don’t tend to venture into the realm of horror very often. I happened to stumble across Bongcheon-Dong Ghost by Horang (please take heed of the warning offered at the beginning) after a friend sent me a link. I naturally… Read more →

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