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
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2 years ago

Go Home, go home, GO HOME!!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Wait for it, cat catches it first!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Put all the lights on as you go!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Be patient and keep looking at door.

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issam
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2 years ago

This one is really good ..

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Swathika Venkatesan
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2 years ago

This is kinda sad than scary...

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Beeps
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2 years ago

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

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stellermatt
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2 years ago

3D glasses are getting a bit fancy these days

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Richard
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Gorillaz?

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boredhuman
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2 years ago

My cat.

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Sora Lyra
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

13th floor

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Richard
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2 years ago

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

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

kitty sees

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

That kid does look evil himself so fair game perhaps?

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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Laugh Fan
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Don't you dare look down on me!

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

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

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

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

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

Why are all those folks locked in hot cars?

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Lenny
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2 years ago

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

Jacey Lynn
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1 year ago

Yeah! Really cool!

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ness
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2 years ago

anyone see the face in the rock

LoneWolfie
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2 years ago

Me

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EM
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2 years ago

GAHHHH!!! HECK! MY GOD THAT THING IS CREEPY! I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO STAND HAVING THAT ROCK WITH A FACE ANYWHERE NEAR ME!!! GAH!

Mr. Re-in-act-ment
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2 years ago

Nope NOPE NOPE Nu uh Just boat away

Natasja Rose
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1 year ago

The longer you look, the more you see...

Charcharocles Megalodon Prime
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1 year ago

one of the stones has a face on it, i wonder why...

Drawing Manic
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2 years ago

Yikes.

Star Cooperman
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2 years ago

He wants to be able to go home too...:'(

Sushi Smack
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2 years ago

rule 1 of horror stories: NEVER LOOK BEHIND YOU

Troy Currie
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2 years ago

The creature grew with each new addition to it's ribcage...

Bacony
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2 years ago

ARGH, IT'S DAVY JONES! HE'LL PUT YOU IN HIS GYM LOCKER!!!

BusLady
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2 years ago

What's with Humpty Dumpty sitting off to the side?

Panda Momma01
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2 years ago

Amazing artwork...but it doesn't have feet. How would it stand?

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Sei Ichirou
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2 years ago

Does that make him the Daredevil?

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StarKitten
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2 years ago

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

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Lyndsey
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2 years ago

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

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Alexandru Bucur
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

You Never Will.

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

This one is quite... disarming.

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Is it the same cat?

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Larkin Elliott (student)
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2 years ago

This ones kind of cool

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

protector

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

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

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

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

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Last Hurrah
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2 years ago

Scared the sheet out of me!

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Karasi Mills
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2 years ago

The moving light is beautiful!

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Lyndsey
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2 years ago

Dr. Strange.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Remembering all his victims. This one is truly scary.

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Gabriel
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2 years ago

Just the Weeping Angels alone would keep me away.

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Alexandru Bucur
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2 years ago

Baba Yaga doesn't approve of poseurs!

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Aussie Stace
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2 years ago

What did she do?

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Sarah Miller
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2 years ago

Did y'all see the portraits eyes moving?

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Really glad I just postponed my dental appointment!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

human child muahahaha

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