Wednesday’s Webcomic: The Horror Comics of Emily Carroll


Today’s selection is actually a collection of brief short stories by artist Emily Carroll. At times haunting, at times terrifying, Emily Carroll’s comics are always vibrantly colored to great and disturbing effect. The writing has the feel of a old campfire story, a cautionary folk tale passed down from generation to generation. Carroll also makes use of her webpage’s “Infinite Canvas” potential by positioning her images onscreen outside of the traditional comic format, taking the reader on twists and turns across the page. Some stories also have additional programming in the images, with some panels changing as you hover your mouse over them and some with links to the next portion of the story subtly hidden among them. I highly recommend pouring over every image in the comics section of her portfolio to find all of the hidden secrets. Be warned, it’s not something to do in a room with the lights off. Or alone in the house. And for the love of your sanity, don’t read them during a thunderstorm! My three favorites are below, but be sure to check out the others on her site!

His Face All Red

Perhaps the most infamous of Carroll’s comics, His Face All Red is a chilling tale of guilt and betrayal.

The Prince & the Sea

A romance of two different worlds, a tale of treachery and misunderstanding.

Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter

Lest you think Emily Carroll’s talents are limited to scaring you witless, here is a beautiful and romantic original fairy tale.

Jeanette Diaz has been dabbling in an array of geekery all her life, but has lately been devoting her time to video games and knitting. She is also researching various methods of doing both at once; although any solution she’s come up with seems to be an abomination unto Science or a defunct Nintendo peripheral. Other than that, she enjoys reading, web-comics, and cartoons. You can connect with her on Ravelry as planethalia. Jeanette lives in Chicago with a board game addict and two cats. Find her internet home at

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