I loved each story, and I enjoyed that each tale ended in a cliffhanger. I became the author and illustrator, filling in the missing pieces; asked to either create a happily-ever-after, or more likely create, in my own mind, the tragic end of each protagonist. This made for a completely terrifying reading experience.
It is hard to pick a favourite, each of them left their mark on me. Choosing the specific time periods also added to the eerily helpless feeling; each took place in the past, a time without electronics, with a smaller population, with your closest neighbour living miles away, having no immediate access to help in case of an emergency. As a reader, it leaves you feeling immobilized, unable to imagine the horror, but with the distinct spine-tingling realization that, even with technology and people all around us, we can still so easily be alone and without help. That we could so easily become one of these unwitting characters, the victims of our own stories.
The artwork in this graphic novel is beautifully haunting. So distinctive and each stroke lends to the dark themes embodied within the narratives. The use of red from the first to the last story is impressive, a link in a chain of death; the colour bleeds throughout the pages, often in stark contrast with the rest of the images or an ominous sign of trouble to come. In the first story it is the moon, the protagonists cloak, and a tinge to the faces of the three sisters. It becomes a character all its own, spreading throughout the book, leaving fear in its wake. I especially loved the mix of red and blue in A Lady's Hands are Cold.
If you are a fan of folklore, horror, or graphic novels, then I urge you to step into these pages, but tread lightly, as you never know when the 'wolf' might find you. For "the WOLF only needs enough luck to find you ONCE."