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

When you were a kid you were afraid of the dark because of monsters lurking in the shadows, well Irish illustrator Brian Coldrick has cast these creatures as the stars of his ongoing webcomic and book “Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories.” Each image is a beautiful and haunting one-panel illustration that shows a monster hiding just in arms reach, along with darkly humorous one-sentence captions. The London-based artist states that although none of his short tales are direct adaptations of existing stories, they do touch on “well worn horror tropes.”

Coldrick said told Bored Panda that his inspiration for the series sprung from his love for horror films, books, and spooky internet stories, “Just before I started the series I’d been reading through some Creepy Pastas, the internet’s version of spooky folk tales, and also lots of accounts of ‘real life’ supernatural encounters on sites like Reddit.”

An illustrator since 2003, he began ‘Behind You’ in April 2015 and confessed it was partly borne as an attempt to tackle his laziness. “I had wanted to do a continuing webcomic for a while, but I was worried I’d lose interest after starting a story I thought if each installment was a snippet of a different tale I could start afresh each time. It also had the great side effect of leaving much of the story to be decided by the reader. It’s probably the main reason people enjoy the series.”

With a style all his own, these murky pictures have a charm you can’t ignore. The artist said he uses a hand pencil to create his characters but works with Photoshop to create the backgrounds, add…

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