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A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldrick's Single-Panel Ghost Stories

All images by Brian Coldrick
All images by Brian Coldrick

A year back, we spotlighted the excellently spooky work of artist Brian Coldrick, creator of webcomic Behind You. Now, his illustrations have been compiled into a book from IDW, titled Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories. We’ve got a peek at some of the gorgeously-rendered nightmares within.

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As an added stamp of approval, the collection has an introduction by bestselling horror author Joe Hill (Strange Weather, The Fireman), who writes in part:

Brian’s suggestive words are, in their own way, as thrilling as his suggestive art. The pictures inspire shock, while his sentences invite you to linger, to make yourself at home, to dream bad dreams. Suspense is the force that drives you to turn the page, and find out what happens next, in hope of discovering some relief, some comfort, some easing of your horror. But Brian offers you no relief and no comfort. Turn the page, and you only find a fragment of another story. He will never tell you what happens next to any of his menaced protagonists. You have to imagine the rest of each tale for yourself. If there is a way out for any of his heroes, you will have to be the one to find it.

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Illustration for article titled A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldricks Single-Panel Ghost Stories
Illustration for article titled A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldricks Single-Panel Ghost Stories
Illustration for article titled A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldricks Single-Panel Ghost Stories
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Illustration for article titled A Spine-Tingling New Book Collects Artist Brian Coldricks Single-Panel Ghost Stories

Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories is available now; check out more sample pages here.

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neuroradicalsphonebroke
Neuroradicalsphonebroke

So cool. When I was growing up, my favorite book to take out of the school library was small black bound and illustrated collection of “true” ghost stories. I can still picture some of the illustrations, particularly the ones in the Borley Rectory chapter. I’ve googled periodically over the years to see if I could find that book again with no luck, but the stories and pictures really stuck with me. Creepy kids who get this book are going to be so lucky