Tales of the Mist by Laura Suárez

Two fisherwoman cousins, a grief-stricken woman, a young fortune-teller and a spineless man live in a town in the deep north of Spain during the 30’s. Together, they belong to a fantastic world where the paranormal clashes with prewar realism. Darkness and death are the links that make and unmake the short stories in this book, each inspired by the experiences of the author’s family. These tales ring true enough to be the legends and beliefs of any European coastal town: they speak of a difficult land in a time before electricity or roads, when people entertained each other with tales of mist and ghosts. This is the first work of a young designer, halfway between a collection of Grimm fairy tales and the magical terror of Pan’s Labyrinth.

How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Europe Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror

Review: If you have read Through The Woods by Emily Carroll then Tales of the Mist will have a familiar feel. The book is a collection of stories about the dead and the demons that haunt a small town in Spain in the 30s. It is a mix of folklore, retold warnings, and the nightmares that seclusion can bring.

The illustrations are without colour, their style adding to the eeriness of the stories being recounted. I also liked that each story had an additional text from the narrator.

Tales of the Mist have a very lose connection by the fact they are being recounted by the same narrator, who is repeating stories she was told. The first and last story are the only ones that really link together.

Overall, I think the feel of this book is what captures your imagination. It is dark, it is eerie and you wonder about those stories.

Review by: Luna

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