I'm actually getting pretty scared! :/
There is no no no way this can end well in any shape or form. I'm actually kinda dreading the next strip.
I don't think there's quite enough build up yet. I'm dreading the strip AFTER the next one.
Jaw status: upon the floor
This has really been absolutely top, I'll be honest.
Oh, my. This is getting intense. I didn't expect Wadsworth to take it that far.
Really? Because…he has paranoid schizophrenia. I mean, this is…fairly typical for someone with that disease who gets worked up, especially if they've had a lot of stressfull life changes. Like moving, and inheriting a business, for example.
Although, it is an exciting turn of events, isn't it?
Then he died in a fire. The end.
And then a skeleton popped out.
That skeleton began telling “Dad jokes.”
“Guess you’re really BONED, aren’t you? NYAHAHAHAHAHAHA seriously, though, what’s with all the nailing stuff?”
He dies, and in wrap-up next week Planchett buys the property and "discovers" a hidden basement full of treasure. It looks like a cut-and-dry Gaslighting, make Wadsworth look crazy so nobody questions his demise. Until, that is, you wonder how Planchett got to him inside the sealed room.
OOOoooOOOooo, happy Halloween everybody! What? It's not Halloween? Then have a spooOOOoooky Memorial Day!
Oh right, this is the page I needed to remind me that Wadsworth is actually, genuinely, f–ing insane.
Oh, he's insane, but you know he's right.
Is it still paranoia if they really are out to get you?
He might be insane, but he might be the only guy that knows what's going on in this town, and that risk is worth taking.
I think the proper term is "Batshit crazy."
OH NO HE LEFT MERCY BEHIND AT THE PARTY
This is no time for Mercy.
Mercy is probably some place safe.
That's the problem. Wad needs Mercy for *his* safety. (and vice versa, but mainly for Wad's sake)
Glad I was not the only one to notice! If Wadsworth ever needed Mercy it's now.
Mercy took over Wadsworth's place at the table, duh.
Is that a splatch of blood on his pillow in the last frame?
The blood has been there since Wadsworth arrived in Broodhollow. That was Virgil's deathbed (presumably, he was coughing up blood near the end).
Oh yuck, Wadsworth! Get that cleaned right now!
oh my god it is all red again
You can kind of see his mind breaking a little more in each panel.
Ah! Referencing the title of the story this is based on!
I didn't know about that one, thanks for setting me a-Googlin'!
It's not the first time, either: http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2013/01/02/cu…
Well, if it works, maybe he'll get a good night's sleep.
He'll sleep when he's dead.
And Wadsworth never saw it coming.
Zane is setting himself up for some seriously supernatural crap tonight. I'm thinkin' doors and drawers slamming open, dozens of nails sent flying out like bullets, Broodhollow constabulary dropping by in the morning figuring it was six guys with tommy guns doing a mob hit.
Wadsworth, I like your initiative, but I feel like you need to spend a few more minutes thinking about your endgame here.
Oh man. Curious from other comments mentioning Ichor Falls, I went there (ichorfalls.com), and I read all the stories from Kris. I then went back here and read the whole thing again. Now I'm beginning to see. Now I begin to connect the events, and it is actually very scary stuff. I like it very much.
And now it's Maddies turn.
Wadsworth, I just want you to know–you're a total badass.
Dude has completely lost it. Well done Kris, this comic is unreal!
This comic is becoming a lot less cute and a lot more intense.
I hope we get to see the French Skeleton again before Wadsworth, y'know, dies doing this crazy shit.
Is it just me or is that a wispy hint of Maddie above that stack of papers!?!
It probably is. He shut that desk drawer on her the last they saw each other — the desk drawer that is right beneath that stack of papers.
That desk drawer is probably the only "door" that hasn't been nailed shut in that room. On purpose. Because that's where she "is". Wadsworth is about to re-open the desk drawer with a blindfold on, no big deal.
Welp, Wadsworth has officially flown off the handle.
Absolutely amazing, haha. Having been a fan of your horror stories for a while now this is all the more intense.
I wonder if there's any connection between "You look, but you do not see" and either blindsight or "just wants to see."
"I did all that, but I could still see the inside of my eyelids, so, what else could i do….."
Wake up Wadsworth, the house is on fire.
Taken in context or out of context, Panel 2 is one of the scariest damn things I've read.
Yeah, when you think about it, Wadsworth is saying this to a little girl he aims to kill
I, for one, am _really_ glad he's just using a blindfold to keep himself from seeing. It shows that he's taking rational steps in an irrational situation, rather than being simply batshit insane…
I've opened my mouth to scream, but no words come out.
Just noticed this is the second episode title to include the title of Book 1: "Curious Little Thing".
The previous one was a touch more comic: http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/2013/01/02/cu…
I'm dreading what happens next. It's going to be a long weekend.
What's wrong with me that I saw this and almost yelled out "You fool! You forgot about under the bed!" The blankets, man! Wadsworth get out of my head.
Damn. You called it.
I DID. This terrifies me. D:
Mostly because I have anxiety issues and I see patterns and knowing I can pick up on a pattern that a fictional character uses and that reflects my own pattern is existentially horrifi– *hyperventilates*
How did I not know about this guy before? This is the best thing since the Joker.
I have a feeling his entire mindset is gonna be shattered. Maddy is going to come to him regardless of all the doors and whatnot being nailed shut, he WILL see her through the blindfold, and more than like he'll find that REAL ghosts tend to BREAK the patterns of the living…..
Maddy is going to come to him because he left one route un-nailed and open to her — on purpose. One route, so he knows exactly where she will be. He's facing it right now, and is about to open it to "see" what happens.
I just learned about and subsequently read the short story this is based on, and now I'm about to reread this from the start. Well done, Kris.
Aghh! I need to know what happens LIKE RIGHT NOW.
Does anyone else think that perhaps Mayor Osgood didn't suddenly forget what Zane was talking about, but instead was shocked that ZANE didn't remember? And then tried to gloss over it politely by going back to cards?
I figured he remembered fine, but was so weirded out by the apparently crazy statement that he couldn't come up with any reasonable response.
Remember that this is the better, calmer town next door to Ichor Falls. Aha…ha… ha
Cripes, that is a LOT of nails. Wadsworth should become a contractor, he clearly has construction related super-powers.
Zane's gone bonkers. I'ma actually more scared of what he might do to himself than what Maddy might do to him.
I like this side character "Wadsworth", but I'm curious what the protagonist, Mercy, is up to.
Man alive, this is intense and impressive. "Curious little thing" is a disturbing throwback to an innocent comment, and "see me see you now" is just clever.
JEEBUS I just looked up "Curious Little Thing" and oh dear GOD the fingers! Eeaaaahhhggg! Good lord straub, you are way too dang good at this!
Oh FUCK I did'nt catch that post before and it's from 2008!!! Nice job sir.
She was killed for her curiosity in the first place, wasn't she…? I wonder if that's what her murderer said.
My simple homage to the Society:
I love how for the last 5 strips the colours have been turning from a neutral blue/grey to this tense pink/red combo.
He's even boarded up the keyhole.
Good catch on the keyhole.
Isn't this the same room his uncle died in, and isn't that the same pillow?
I wonder if it's not a pattern 'break' Maddie is looking for ._.
The problem with this plan is the blindfold… there will be an opening for her to peek through when he takes it off. Which will, of course, be terrifying.
If Maddy needs to be seen to "work," then what threw the lamp at him?
Iris is the only other one in the town even trying to resist the.. blissful ignorance that the town seems to force on people. Is anyone else concerned that she might appear at an inopportune time during Zane's plan here? He's never been able to arrange things in such a way as to MAKE Maddy appear, that I can remember, (not that he's tried to).
Also, maybe I'm just stuck on this too much, but does anyone else think there's some significance in the fact that Zane's uncle's name is VIRGIL? As in, the Virgil that led guided Dante through Hell? Might be just me, but it could be that Virgil acted (or will act, even as a dead man) as Zane's 'guide' into Broodhollow. But, unlike in Dante's Inferno, Zane's guide ended up passing and leaving him trapped in Hell.
Interesting observation. However, remember that Virgil's death is what brought Zane to Broodhollow in the first place. So, if Virgil knew about all the subtle insanity within the town – a safe assumption to make – and brought Zane here on purpose – my guess is that he didn't – he either thought that Zane could stop it, or he's a cruel, cruel man. And if he did in fact bring Zane to Broodhollow on purpose, then that could very well mean he committed suicide to make it happen. Much to ponder.
What if no one remembered Virgil's death until Zane came into town and forced everyone to acknowledge it?
He's seriously breaking down. I just… This is so well done. It fits his OCD and paranoia so well. Thanks for making an OCD character that isn't all about cleanliness.
This gave me such chills. I am actually freaking out a little right now.
This can't end well…
If she's only in his head, then how can he NOT see her? The blindfold is just going to screw him up when he tries to run away from danger. I foresee a dramatic "Oh noes, I'm tripping and falling down!" scene coming soon.
man this is intense