Patrick Horvath’s highly anticipated cozy horror book Beneath The Trees Where Nobody Sees is coming to comic book shops on October 18 from IDW. But is the book too cute? Or too scary? Or both?
We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Beneath The Trees Where Nobody Sees #1 Advance Review:
The book follows an adorable bear-lady who is a vicious serial killer on the side. And if it wasn’t clear by the cover, reviewer Alex Zalben noted that she does, “absolutely slice people up, and you see it in graphic fashion.” While he found the book to be “phenomenal,” he did warn that, “if you scare very easily… don’t check this out.”
On Horvath’s art style, Zalben likened it to “Precious Moments but Saw,” adding that he “perfectly channeled these adorable animal characters throughout the town,” that the whole town feels very lived in – no easy task to flesh (no pun intended) out an entire cast of characters in one issue.
Finally, Zalben said, “If you’re looking for something that’s going to make your spine tingle while making you saw ‘aw’ at the same time, Beneath The Trees Where Nobody Sees is something to check out this check out this Fall… It’s a perfect October, Halloween book.”
Meanwhile, fellow host Pete LePage was terrified and hated it, but he’s a scaredy-cat who hates horror.
Beneath The Trees Where Nobody Sees #1 Official Synopsis:
Don’t. Murder. The locals.
This is small-town serial killer, upstanding citizen, and adorable brown bear Samantha Strong’s cardinal rule. After all, there’s a sea of perfectly ripe potential victims in the big city just beyond the forest, and when you’ve worked as hard as Sam to build a cozy life and a thriving business in a community surrounded by friendly fellow animal folk, warm décor, and the aroma of cedar trees and freshly baked apple pie…the last thing you want is to disturb the peace.
So you can imagine her indignation when one of Woodbrook’s own meets a grisly, mysterious demise—and you wouldn’t blame her for doing anything it takes to hunt down her rival before the town self-destructs and Sheriff Patterson starts (literally) barking up the wrong tree.
Live, laugh, shed blood. “Dexter” meets Richard Scarry’s Busy Town in writer-artist Patrick Horvath’s twisted debut of BENEATH THE TREES WHERE NOBODY SEES!