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 of the cool drawings is a beautiful and haunting one-panel illustration that shows a monster hiding just in arms reach, along with darkly humorous one-sentence captions. The London-based artist states that although none of his short scary stories are direct adaptations of existing narratives, they do touch on "well-worn horror tropes."

Coldrick told Bored Panda that his inspiration for the series of creepy stories sprung 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 folktales, and also lots of horror stories of 'real life' supernatural encounters on sites like Reddit."

An illustrator since 2003, he began 'Behind You' in April 2015 and confessed it was partly borne as an attempt to tackle his 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 different scary stories I could start each time afresh. 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 these scary drawings."

With a style all his own, these murky pictures have a charm you can't ignore. The artist said he uses a hand pencil to create his characters but works with Photoshop to create the backgrounds, add texture, and make the animations. Although he has many artistic influences, (such as horror comics Junji Ito and Emily Carroll), he said GIF illustrators Rebecca Mock and Sachin Teng had a direct impact on his attempts to make his own illustrations move.

When it comes to Coldrick's creative process, the order can vary. "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."

In addition to "Behind You," Coldrick draws editorial pieces, posters, book covers, and character designs. Check out some of his short horror stories from this quirky webcomic series below!

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Go Home, go home, GO HOME!!

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Ladies and Gentlemen 10 months ago

Wait for it, cat catches it first!

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Put all the lights on as you go!

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Ladies and Gentlemen 10 months ago

Be patient and keep looking at door.

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issam 10 months ago

This one is really good ..

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Hope Floats 10 months ago

I think this one is quite sad, rather then scary.. To think of someone celebrating their birthday alone, with only the dead acknowledging his birthday sounds tragic.. .I have spent many birthdays alone (I think) and if someone lived alone nearby, who was in the same predicament, I'd be the first one at the door, with cake and card in hand!

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Mine don't either!! I hope they don't have people there who look like that!

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Ladies and Gentlemen 10 months ago

I am always afraid of hidden creatures under my bed, after spending thousands of bucks on psychologists an no avail, my friend who is a carpenter too, simply cut down the legs of my bed and now it sits on floor. I won a little battle with monsters, though when I travel it again becomes hard, I cant sleep on floor too as I keep looking beneath nearby beds. It has rotten my whole life. I started keeping small portable LED lights with me which brighten up the underneath of beds and that gives me some consolation when sleeping on floor.

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SykesDaMan 10 months ago

It was lit and I was woke! ... Sorry, couldn't help myself!

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Beeps 10 months ago

Reminds me of Cliver Barker’s ‘The Hellbound Heart’

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stellermatt 10 months ago

3D glasses are getting a bit fancy these days

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Richard 10 months ago

This shows just like things are in my place! There's a spider in the corner of my living room. We have an agreement: as long as she stays there and keep on catching mosquitos everything's fine and the corner stays sanctuary.

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SykesDaMan 10 months ago

Gorillaz?

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boredhuman 10 months ago

My cat.

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Sora Lyra 10 months ago

I was a librarian before at school. One time, when I was on duty to look after the library, I was alone and I'm pretty sure no one was with me, since I lock the door, so I able to arrange the book to the bookshelf before any students come in. Then suddenly, I heard like someone was reading book at the table next to the bookshelf I'm arranging. Then I take a look, buy no one was there. I then the book at my back suddenly fall. I was shocked and at the same time I heard the same sounds again. I gradually get out of the library.

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r3dd3v1lL 10 months ago

More like Night Crawler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifwh_R3XUFY

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Ah yes, the tree-spider-wolf that has haunted the nightmares of so many...

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Night Owl 10 months ago

13th floor

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Richard 10 months ago

*breathy whispering* You're not alooone...

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Night Owl 10 months ago

kitty sees

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

That kid does look evil himself so fair game perhaps?

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Just Curious 10 months ago

When she's done putting him together he'll just be a normal dude.

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Tie it to a brick and lob it from a distance - no way is it safe to cycle up there!

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Last Hurrah 10 months ago

Don't you dare look down on me!

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Never look for the key to the old nursery!! Nothing good will come of it... ARGH!

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Got to go into hospital soon - any dark, quiet areas will remain completely unexplored by me!

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Why are all those folks locked in hot cars?

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Lenny 10 months ago

I love the design of the creature! The ribcages, chains and the crown are so cool.

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Sei Ichirou 10 months ago

Does that make him the Daredevil?

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StarKitten 10 months ago

If you can't find the scary, look under the face shaped pillow

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Lyndsey 10 months ago

It was cute at first, and then....

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Alexandru Bucur 10 months ago

Ah, so this is what the Wild Hunt is up to these days. Where's Ciri when you need her?

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

You Never Will.

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Just Curious 10 months ago

This one is quite... disarming.

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Just Curious 10 months ago

The only passenger left? There's a little kid and Pinocchio there too...

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Night Owl 10 months ago

Is it the same cat?

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Larkin Elliott (student) 10 months ago

This ones kind of cool

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Night Owl 10 months ago

protector

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

It's raining and windy outside - added to the atmosphere!!

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Night Owl 10 months ago

I imagine it sounds like a combination of dogs and vacuum cleaner

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Last Hurrah 10 months ago

Scared the sheet out of me!

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Karasi Mills 10 months ago

The moving light is beautiful!

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Lyndsey 10 months ago

Dr. Strange.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Remembering all his victims. This one is truly scary.

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Gabriel 10 months ago

Just the Weeping Angels alone would keep me away.

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Alexandru Bucur 10 months ago

Baba Yaga doesn't approve of poseurs!

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Aussie Stace 10 months ago

What did she do?

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Sarah Miller 10 months ago

Did y'all see the portraits eyes moving?

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

Really glad I just postponed my dental appointment!

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Night Owl 10 months ago

human child muahahaha

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OH OH 10 months ago

Well, that were squirrels, deer and bunnies... Someone got lost in the woods again after Snow White

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 10 months ago

Is grandma naked, wearing a wolf pelt? Now THAT's scary.

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Melissa Spencer 10 months ago

Ghosts of the WWII bombings......

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Jagarundi 10 months ago

I was sleeping in a bedroom under a stairway one night. The upstairs flat was vacant, but in the single-digits of the morning I heard someone go up seven stairs and stop. I lay awake the rest of the night waiting for them to go up or down. Creeped me out!

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Eva Mason 10 months ago

Why is he not facing theother pad so he can see rather the cloning experiment worked?

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Buff Einstein?

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Clearly bad directions! The giant dog she's looking for is completely the other way!

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Aw, what a cute, smily worm-creature!

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Just Curious 10 months ago

WELL hello!

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Gabriel 10 months ago

Peter Pan strikes again.

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BusLady 10 months ago

Hi. Remember us?

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Jacqueline Parnell 10 months ago

what a beautiful sky!

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Apparently he went in there to get a polyhedron dropped on his head.

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Mar1a 10 months ago

What is this supposed to mean... Was the water saliva or something..?

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Spindlemaker 10 months ago

The ghost of Michael Jackson...

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Aussie Stace 10 months ago

I would like to hear this story

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Sally Appleton 10 months ago

Not a very good hiding place, fellas

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lincholn6echo 10 months ago

Just remember the spell: Riddikulus! and think of sth funny.

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K. LNU 10 months ago

Crossroads and signposts... where's Sam and Dean?

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Night Owl 10 months ago

Someone's remains (ashes)

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Night Owl 10 months ago

well, now it's seven

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Shana 10 months ago

I never liked going to the circus. Don't like clowns either...

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Laugh Fan 10 months ago

ARGH... no, NO.

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Just Curious 10 months ago

Why does the evil mirror twin have a mechanical hand?

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Christopher Columbus 10 months ago

She's a powerlifter. She'll be fine...

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Nah 10 months ago

Isn't that that myth for the Philippians

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