I first became acquainted with Carroll’s work when I followed a link to her website a couple of Halloweens ago. The link was to a creepy comic about guilt and murder called His Face All Red.
That comic appears along with four others in her collection of horror comics, Through the Woods.
All of Carroll’s horror comics have the feel of dark fairy tales. There are abandoned children, mysterious strangers, dangerous husbands, vengeful ghosts, and monsters in the woods. Every piece is shrouded in mystery and a sense of foreboding. Her art evokes small villages of bygone eras, with lots of stark whites, deep blacks, and startling blood reds.
My particular favorite in this collection is the Bluebeard-esque story of a young bride who uncovers a grisly secret in her new husband’s house. It’s called A Lady’s Hands Are Cold, and I found it terrifically creepy and incredibly well-told–the art and script work perfectly together, and the sense of place is fantastic. It’s visibly gory and has several beautiful Gothic touches. It’s a perfect dark, gruesome fairy tale.
If you enjoy old-fashioned horror, give Emily Carroll’s work a look! And be sure to visit her website for more. While you’re there, check out Out of Skin. You’re welcome in advance for the nightmares.