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.
Coldrick said that his inspiration for the series comes 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."
"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."
The artist said he uses a hand pencil to create his characters but works with Photoshop to create the backgrounds add textures. He has many artistic influences such as horror comics Junji Ito and Emily Carroll.
"I almost always start with the image first but once or twice a phrase has popped into my head and I've worked back from there. 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."