• Graphic Novel Review

    Through the Woods

    Warnings: Violence, Mild Gore My Thoughts I’ve read a lot of horror, ones that were bloodier and more disturbing than this. Yet those novels and graphic novels didn’t affect me the way that this one did. Through the Woods is a collection of horror comics that hearkens back to the creepiest fairy tales. The atmosphere in the novels is not to be understated, the stories and art are chilling, even when the stories are straightforward and can be predicted. “I married my love in the springtime, but by summer he’d locked me away. He’d murdered me dead by the autumn, & by winter I was naught but decay.” Even the…

  • YA Fantasy Book Review

    Beneath the Moon: Fairytales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts I love mythology and fairy tales, they always give me a cozy feeling that makes me think of my childhood. Even into adulthood, I’m always happy when I learn about a new story, I love diving in and learning more about the lore, or finding retellings. This was what initially caught my attention to Beneath the Moon, an illustrated collection of myths and fables from around the world. “So often my two halves felt irreconcilably different, but the one thing they had in common was their love of stories.” I was immediately dazzled by Yoshitani’s gorgeous art style, her art is truly worth the price of…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Beautiful Darkness

    Warnings: Violence, Graphic Depicions of Death and Decomposition, Cannibalism My Thoughts I don’t think that there is anything that could have properly prepared me for the dark themes that are presented so capriciously in this graphic novel. The corpse of a dead young girl lay decomposing in the woods, and out of her head springs forth tiny people that look like a mix between fairy tale stereotypes and regular girlish toys; dolls, ballerinas, princes, you name it. The little people are forced to survive in the woods, going hungry, and needing shelter from the elements. Yet they are products of the fantasy of youth, many barely care about survival and…

  • Book Review

    In the House in the Dark of the Woods

    My Thoughts Overwhelmingly atmospheric, In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a modern masterpiece that swept me up and stole my heart. The story is told with luscious prose and has a fairytale-like feel, but instead of centering on the hero’s journey, the story feels like the origins of a great hero. The story follows Goody, a good wife that finds herself lost in the woods after picking berries. The narrative feels like a fever dream, a fantasy-tinged with poison that steadily becomes more alarming as Goody finds herself tangled up in the mystery and the magic of the woods. Even when everything seems dandy there is…