Behind You: One-Shot Horror StoriesBehind You: One-Shot Horror Stories by Brian Coldrick
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from joe hill’s introduction:

I know it’s scary to be all alone in the dark. But not as frightening as when you realize you aren’t.


this is a great idea – illustrated hint fiction with a very specific theme: the unseen horrors standing right behind you.

i’ve always found that the most effective horror is suggestive; it holds something back, leaving it up to the reader/viewer to fill in the blanks and unsettling vagueness with their own personal fears. less is always more.

this book is a great example of that idea in action, where the combination of the brevity of the text and the illustrations capturing individuals suspended in the moments before their terrors descend leave it up to the reader to speculate about what happens next and just how horrific it’ll be.

to get a sense of how these work, he’s got some tumblrs:


some of the posts are in the book, some are not, some are animated for extra spookiness into the tiniest of short films.

wait for it…..

considering how specific the theme, it’s really impressive how many different ways it plays out. these are some of my favorites,

but there are so many more where these came from, both in the book and on his pages. so go find your own favorites and report back. but don’t go aloooooooone…


review to come. or it might be …RIGHT BEHIND ME!
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