76+ One-Picture Horror Stories That We Do Not Recommend Reading Alone

Whenever you have been a child you have been afraid of the darkish due to monsters lurking within the shadows, effectively Irish illustrator Brian Coldrick has solid these creatures as the celebs of his ongoing webcomic and e-book “Behind You: One-Shot Horror Tales.” Every picture is an attractive and haunting one-panel illustration that reveals a monster hiding simply in arms attain, together with darkly humorous one-sentence captions. The London-based artist states that though none of his quick tales are direct diversifications of current tales, they do contact on “effectively worn horror tropes.”

Coldrick stated advised Bored Panda that his inspiration for the collection sprung from his love for horror movies, books, and spooky web tales, “Simply earlier than I began the collection I’d been studying by some Creepy Pastas, the web’s model of spooky people tales, and in addition a lot of accounts of ‘actual life’ supernatural encounters on websites like Reddit.”

An illustrator since 2003, he started ‘Behind You’ in April 2015 and confessed it was partly borne as an try and deal with his laziness. “I had needed to do a unbroken webcomic for some time, however I used to be nervous I’d lose curiosity after beginning a narrative I believed if every installment was a snippet of a unique story I may begin afresh every time. It additionally had the nice aspect impact of leaving a lot of the story to be determined by the reader. It’s most likely the primary motive individuals benefit from the collection.”

With a method all his personal, these murky photos have a allure you may’t ignore. The artist stated he makes use of a hand pencil to create his characters however works with Photoshop to create the backgrounds, add texture, and make the animations. Though he has many inventive influences, (corresponding to horror comics Junji Ito and Emily Carroll), he stated GIF illustrators Rebecca Mock and Sachin Teng had a direct affect on his makes an attempt to make his personal illustrations transfer.

On the subject of Coldrick’s artistic course of the order can fluctuate.”I nearly at all times begin with the picture first however a couple of times a phrase has popped into my head and I’ve labored again from there. Relatively than a coherent story, step one is normally one factor. Within the early days of the collection it might need been a need to attract a selected sort of creepy monster, however afterward it’s been the setting. A kitchen at night time illuminated by a fridge gentle, or an escalator on the Underground. Typically it may be one thing darker just like the loneliness, doubts or anxieties that emerge as soon as nobody else is round.”

Along with “Behind You,” Coldrick attracts editorial items, posters, e-book covers and character designs. Take a look at a few of his nightmarish illustrations from this quirky webcomic collection beneath!

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