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

Published 1 month ago

Brian Coldrick is an Irish illustrator and the artist behind a series of eerie comic series called “Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories.” Keep in mind that the artist doesn’t need many panels to scare you – he only needs one.

The artist started the series back in April 2015 as an attempt to battle 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,” told Brian in an interview with Bored Panda. He says that the inspiration for his comics came from reading various “Creepy Pastas” , supernatural encounters on sites like Reddit and horror comic artists like Junji Ito and Emily Carroll.

Brian says he draws the characters by hand and uses Photoshop for the backgrounds, texture and animation. When asked about his creative process, the artist says he usually starts with the image first and rarely starts with the phrase. “Rather than a coherent story, the first step is usually one element. In the early days of the series it might have been a desire to draw a particular kind of creepy monster, but later on it’s been the setting. A kitchen at night illuminated by a fridge light, or an escalator on the Underground. Sometimes it can be something darker like the loneliness, doubts or anxieties that emerge once no one else is around,” says Brian.

Check out the artist’s creepy illustrations in the gallery below – we’re sure they’ll send a shiver down your spine.

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