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A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito's long-awaited return to th A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito's long-awaited return to the world of horror. Ma no Kakera (魔の断片, also titled Shard of Evil or Fragments of Horror), is a series of short stories by Junji Ito. It began serialization in the first issue of the revived Nemuki+ (ネムキプラス) magazine on April 13, 2013. It was subsequently published as a collection in Japan in June 2014, with the final story, "Whispering Woman", having been previously published in Shinkan (シンカン) rather than Nemuki+. In December 2014, it was licensed by VIZ Media to be released in English in June 2015, under the "Fragments of Horror" title. Chapters: Futon (Blanket) Haunted Wood Mansion Tomio: Red Turtleneck Lingering Farewell Dissection Girl Black Bird Magami Nanakuse Whispering Woman


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A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito's long-awaited return to th A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito's long-awaited return to the world of horror. Ma no Kakera (魔の断片, also titled Shard of Evil or Fragments of Horror), is a series of short stories by Junji Ito. It began serialization in the first issue of the revived Nemuki+ (ネムキプラス) magazine on April 13, 2013. It was subsequently published as a collection in Japan in June 2014, with the final story, "Whispering Woman", having been previously published in Shinkan (シンカン) rather than Nemuki+. In December 2014, it was licensed by VIZ Media to be released in English in June 2015, under the "Fragments of Horror" title. Chapters: Futon (Blanket) Haunted Wood Mansion Tomio: Red Turtleneck Lingering Farewell Dissection Girl Black Bird Magami Nanakuse Whispering Woman

30 review for Fragments of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    compared to the collections, shiver and smashed, the plots of these stories lacked, but i do still much prefer ito's short fiction. the fast pace of this collection paired with the always incredible artwork makes this a solid 3 star for me :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    Exceptionally gruesome. All these Japanese horror stories are Ju-On ("The Grudge") adjacent! Most of them lack a coherent purpose or strict motive-- which is precisely what makes them all the more eerie and beautiful!! P.S. Ain't the cover JUST a beaut? Picked it out as a usual experiment in dada experimentation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    daph pink 君は

    *awkward welcome* Ik it's my 8th Junji Ito book in two weeks , and no I don't regret my decisions , I love him. Speaking of the book , it's a collection of stories so I will be reviewing each story , that way it's easier for me give the average rating at the end! 1. Futon :- 2/5(now even my blanket is not safe , thanks Mr ITO) 2. Wooden spirit :- 3/5 ( stay away from perverts who call a house sexy) 3. Tomio. Red turtle neck :- 3.5/5 ( imagine the horror of knowing that your head can fell off *awkward welcome* Ik it's my 8th Junji Ito book in two weeks , and no I don't regret my decisions , I love him. Speaking of the book , it's a collection of stories so I will be reviewing each story , that way it's easier for me give the average rating at the end! 1. Futon :- 2/5(now even my blanket is not safe , thanks Mr ITO) 2. Wooden spirit :- 3/5 ( stay away from perverts who call a house sexy) 3. Tomio. Red turtle neck :- 3.5/5 ( imagine the horror of knowing that your head can fell off anytime you remove your hands from your head?? and now imagine living like this for rest of your life ) 4. Gentle goodbye:- 4/5 ( this wasn't disturbing or disgusting like Mr. Ito's usual work , it was in general very sad and depressing and I like sad thing) 5. Dissection-chan :- 5/5 ( what the hell was that ? No seriously , kids stay away , people sensitive to gross images stay away , if you love yourself , stay away! This is was so gross and disturbing that I gave it 5 stars?? Seriously what's wrong with me?) 6. Blackbird :- 4/5 ( imagine a bird feeding you, your own meat from future , mouth to mouth to keep you alive? Disgusting , horrific and disturbing !!!!) 7. Magami Nanakuse:- 3.5/5 ( call me dumb or whatever , I quite didn't understood this story , okay ? Anyone here please help!) 8. Whispering woman:- 3/5 ( not as horrific and disturbing as other stories but I loved it.) So overall rating ( because who doesn't like numbers and averages ) :- 3.5 (well now that's difficult , should I rate it 3 or 4) Well overall it was a great collection, Mr. Ito has done it again, and I will probably take a break before picking his books again because everybody want mental peace which us usually disturbed after reading JUNJI ITO 's book ( I am obsessed with his name).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Orrin Grey

    Let me just get this out of the way before we start the review: For my money, at least two of the greatest masters of the weird tale who have ever lived are alive today and working in comics. One is Mike Mignola, and the other is Junji Ito. This is not just Junji Ito’s first horror collection in eight years, but it’s also the only collection of his unrelated horror shorts that’s widely available in print and in the English language right now. That, in itself, is enough to make Fragments of Horro Let me just get this out of the way before we start the review: For my money, at least two of the greatest masters of the weird tale who have ever lived are alive today and working in comics. One is Mike Mignola, and the other is Junji Ito. This is not just Junji Ito’s first horror collection in eight years, but it’s also the only collection of his unrelated horror shorts that’s widely available in print and in the English language right now. That, in itself, is enough to make Fragments of Horror a cause for celebration and the fact that it’s in a gorgeous hardcover edition that looks spectacular on the shelf alongside Viz Media’s other recent Junji Ito releases Uzumaki and Gyo makes it doubly so. Honestly, if you’re a Junji Ito enthusiast, then just knowing that there’s new work out there is probably enough to get you ordering. If you’re not, then it’s probably because you haven’t yet been introduced to his work. While Uzumaki remains his towering masterpiece and an indispensable piece of modern weird fiction, there are much worse places to make your introduction to Ito’s work than in the pages of Fragments of Horror. In his typically self-deprecating author’s note at the end of the book, Ito wonders whether his horror instincts have returned, but it doesn’t take much reading to find out that they have. In fact, Fragments of Horror reads very much like what it is: a return to form. In this volume, you’ll find a cross-section of just about everything you can expect from Ito’s work, from the sublime to the grotesque, and from the serious to the silly. There’s a poignant tale right next door to a ludicrous one. Almost all of them contain Ito’s trademark talent for a perfectly-timed panel, the equivalent of the jump-scare reveal in a movie at just the right moment but all the more impressive because Ito allows it to linger. While Ito has better stories in other books, this is a great collection and an admirable sampling of what makes a Junji Ito story stand out, whether it’s being terrifying or just ridiculous. “Futon,” the first story in the book, is a pretty perfect primer of what you can expect from Junji Ito, all in a compact eight pages, while stories like “Dissection-Chan” and “Blackbird” feel like classic Ito tales. There’s even a touch of his tendency to repeat characters, as the couple from “Futon” show up again in “Tomio – Red Turtleneck.” “Magami Nanakuse,” meanwhile, is a perfect example of one of Ito’s sillier stories. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how well Fragments of Horror stacks up next to Junji Ito’s previous horror collections. For those of us who have already been indoctrinated in the cult of Ito, each new story is a treasure. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of discovering him, this will serve as a fine introduction. What is important is that the people at Viz Media seem to know the importance of the occasion and have treated Ito’s first collection in almost a decade with the reverence it deserves. The edition is beautiful and sturdy, and just seeing pictures of the cover online cannot possibly do it justice. Once you’ve held it in your hands, you’ll know that this is a special book, one that deserves a special place on your shelf.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    This was RIGHT up my alley .. I couldn't put this down. Junji Ito has a way of telling a story like no one else. These stories were twisted, weird, and had some of the best artwork I've ever seen. Highly recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    From the horror manga-ka author of the masterpiece Uzumaki and Museum of Terror, and after an eight year hiatus, here’s some short stories, some comedic, some scary, some icky, a ghost story, such a range of stuff that he apologizes for in the preface as lame. Not so. I like most of them a lot. I admire how the drawing principally creates the sense of horror, so difficult to imagine accomplishing in a time of blockbuster cgi films. He crafts this fear with clean lines, simple paneling, simple, s From the horror manga-ka author of the masterpiece Uzumaki and Museum of Terror, and after an eight year hiatus, here’s some short stories, some comedic, some scary, some icky, a ghost story, such a range of stuff that he apologizes for in the preface as lame. Not so. I like most of them a lot. I admire how the drawing principally creates the sense of horror, so difficult to imagine accomplishing in a time of blockbuster cgi films. He crafts this fear with clean lines, simple paneling, simple, simple! And fantastic ideas. “Dissection Girl” is creepy. “Black Bird” melds human and animal to create a monster. 'Nanakuse Kyokumi' was my favorite, really inventive and strange. Or maybe "Whispering Woman," a longish atmospheric "ghost" story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    E. G.

    --Futon --Wooden Spirit --Tomio · Red Turtleneck --Gentle Goodbye --Dissection-chan --Blackbird --Magami Nanakuse --Whispering Woman Afterword

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    A macabre bundle of grotesque, comedic and romantic horror manga shorts with a wide variety of subjects. The first two stories in this collection were fairly weak, but the other six stories were all very disturbing. My favorites were Blackbird, Dissection Girl and Red Turtleneck. These three stories featured a crow-like woman that repeatedly vomited raw meat into a wounded hiker's mouth because she mistook him for one of her young, an insane girl with a fetish for being dissected alive and a boy A macabre bundle of grotesque, comedic and romantic horror manga shorts with a wide variety of subjects. The first two stories in this collection were fairly weak, but the other six stories were all very disturbing. My favorites were Blackbird, Dissection Girl and Red Turtleneck. These three stories featured a crow-like woman that repeatedly vomited raw meat into a wounded hiker's mouth because she mistook him for one of her young, an insane girl with a fetish for being dissected alive and a boy that literally had to keep his head on his shoulders by holding it in place. Gentle Goodbye was another really good one but it was more of a sad story than a scary one. *** My Social Media My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emm C²

    Ito's work in general is ridiculously addictive. These drugs are like a comic. Wait. Scratch that. Reverse it. Fragments, the artist himself says, is a little different from his usual as far as the "horrifying" aspect of it, and I truthfully would not call it frightening as a whole, but it's no less elaborate and strange than usual, and "Blackbird" is absolutely haunting. Quirky horror is maybe a good word for Fragments. This collection weaves in-and-out of being either unsettling or humorous, an Ito's work in general is ridiculously addictive. These drugs are like a comic. Wait. Scratch that. Reverse it. Fragments, the artist himself says, is a little different from his usual as far as the "horrifying" aspect of it, and I truthfully would not call it frightening as a whole, but it's no less elaborate and strange than usual, and "Blackbird" is absolutely haunting. Quirky horror is maybe a good word for Fragments. This collection weaves in-and-out of being either unsettling or humorous, and there is not a single poor story in this beauty. Here's the rundown: Futon - 3/5 A really short story about a man who confines himself to a futon after he starts to have hallucinations of nature demons. There's a beautiful panorama drawing of these demons, which is the main focal point of the story. Wooden Spirit - 4/5 A strange woman worms her way into a house that has recently been named a historical site, much to the misfortune of the family who owns it. She is passionately in love with the house, and the house returns her feelings. A deeper romance than most romance books, really. Tomio - Red Turtleneck - 3.5/5 A witch who collects severed heads curses a boy so that he has to hold his skull in place forever, lest he be decapitated. This one was interesting, but to me, one of the weaker stories. It gets a bit too absurd by the end, what with the cockroaches and head games (ha ha), and feels more like a comedy than anything. Gentle Goodbye - 4/5 A family wills its deceased members back to life as "ghosts" for awhile to give them time to accept their passing. A melancholy, poignant spin on a haunted-house story. More like a haunted world. Dissection-chan - 5/5 An ero-guro short, unusual for Ito but very welcome. I love this one, it is so... remarkably weirder than most stories I have read. An unstable girl has a deep-seated, unhealthy obsession with dissection, and she gets to be something of a demented urban legend because of it after she begins to harass a medical student that was once her childhood friend. Dark and offbeat. Blackbird - 5/5 The previous story was pretty grotesque, but I think "Blackbird" outmatches it. A man breaks his leg while hiking in the woods, and an enigmatic, vaguely-human woman in black saves him from starving to death by feeding him strange meat. The problem is, after he is rescued and brought to a hospital, she still thinks he is starving, and keeps coming back to feed him. In my opinion, this is the apex story, and by far the creepiest. I would actually go so far as to say it's one of the artist's best, period. Mind-paralyzingly creepy. Magami Nanakuse - 5/5 Surreal comedy at its finest. An eccentric author has an over-the-top obsession with tics and quirky characters, so much that he keeps his particularly quirky fans in a dungeon so that he can readily study their tics and use them as characters in his novel. A welcome laugh after the bleakness of "Blackbird". Whispering Woman - 4/5 The last story wavers on the border between creepy and depressing. A girl has an unusual mental disorder that causes her to question literally every movement she makes, so her father hires a caretaker to help guide her. The caretaker's health seems to rapidly fail, and soon she seems very unnerving and ghostly, but her devotion to the girl never fails... Overall: Art - 6/5 Story - 4/5 Originality - 5/5 General Score - 5/5 Content - Might recommend 15+ for gore and disturbing content.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ray Nadine

    I've always been a fan of Junji Ito's horror, and this book started off so strong, but the second to last story left such a bad taste in my mouth that it spoiled the book for me. I do love how short the stories are, and even though they are short, they still managed to get across a subtle level of disturbing that creeps in your head for a while, even after finishing the story. It was really hard to put the book down and was easy to jump into the small world built around each story. The story in q I've always been a fan of Junji Ito's horror, and this book started off so strong, but the second to last story left such a bad taste in my mouth that it spoiled the book for me. I do love how short the stories are, and even though they are short, they still managed to get across a subtle level of disturbing that creeps in your head for a while, even after finishing the story. It was really hard to put the book down and was easy to jump into the small world built around each story. The story in question that really bothered me involved (view spoiler)[portraying a transgender woman as the villain of the story, and had a distasteful "a-ha! She's actually a man oh my god!" reveal that was incredibly tacky and uncalled for. (hide spoiler)] It had nothing to do with the actual horror aspect of the story, and it only went on to propagate incorrect stereotypes about a marginalized group of people. When tropes like that are played into, I feel like it's cheap and poor storytelling.

  11. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    That was so creepy and fantastic—I loved this a lot more than Uzumaki, but even so, reading this makes me want to reread Uzumaki, too, and see if my opinion on Junji Ito's particular flavor of bizarro horror has just changed!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Though not as good as Uzumaki or Gyo, Fragments of Horror still packs a punch for those who seek legitimate horror manga. This is not Junji Ito's best, yet the short stories in this book are still more than enough to haunt you in your nightmares. Fragments of Horror, like all of Junji Ito's works carries that trademark theme of extreme obsession that leads to horrific imagery and very often the tragic demise of the characters. The psychological wtf-ness creeps into your mind as Junji Ito progress Though not as good as Uzumaki or Gyo, Fragments of Horror still packs a punch for those who seek legitimate horror manga. This is not Junji Ito's best, yet the short stories in this book are still more than enough to haunt you in your nightmares. Fragments of Horror, like all of Junji Ito's works carries that trademark theme of extreme obsession that leads to horrific imagery and very often the tragic demise of the characters. The psychological wtf-ness creeps into your mind as Junji Ito progresses his panels from the mundane to the totally dark and crazily bizarre. The stories in this volume are a hit or miss for me. Some stories end in casual, and sometimes surprisingly heartfelt conclusions while still most stories end with the usual psycho-horror tropes. I find the Red Turtleneck the most horrifying among all the stories, followed by Blackbird. Nonetheless, Ito fans like myself will still rejoice reading this collected edition (which is bounded in a beautifully designed hardcover with an awesome jacket). Fragments of Horror is a must-buy for those who collect horror manga.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hernandez

    I loved Tomio-Red Sweater, Gentle Good Goodbye, Dissection-chan and Blackbird. The rest were ok. I really liked the effort and originality Junji Ito puts forth into his novels... I will continue to support his work and be one of his biggest fans!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    Gruesome, strange, nonsensical, gross, crazy and mostly inappropriate. I totally loved this sophisticated horror manga. The fine pen b&w drawings are gorgeous, the horror builds up quickly in each of these short stories where a woman is sexually attracted to a house and another wants to be dissected alive and a bird woman feeds a man his own flesh to help him survive a bad fall and generally really creepy stuff you don’t want to think too closely about happens, but treated artistically comes off Gruesome, strange, nonsensical, gross, crazy and mostly inappropriate. I totally loved this sophisticated horror manga. The fine pen b&w drawings are gorgeous, the horror builds up quickly in each of these short stories where a woman is sexually attracted to a house and another wants to be dissected alive and a bird woman feeds a man his own flesh to help him survive a bad fall and generally really creepy stuff you don’t want to think too closely about happens, but treated artistically comes off brilliantly if you have a dark sense of humour as I do. Those who know Junji Ito’s works and the artist himself in the afterword claim this book isn’t as strong as some of his previous famous illustrated horror titles, so I’m glad I came to this knowing nothing about him and having nothing to compare it to, so I was able to appreciate this little gem on its own merit. Now I’ve gone ahead and reserved his masterwork Uzumaki or Spiral Into Horror, and it looks like I’ll be in for quite a treat.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Whelp, this was quite the oddity. Half the stories were actually very intriguing while the other half were just....not up to par with the rest. Some pretty good original creepiness in quite a few of these stories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Fragments of Horror is my second time reading anything by Junji Ito. I have been in the mood to read some horror manga this month, so I decided to pick this one up given its short length. The collection features eight different short stories. Some were definitely stronger than others, but that is usually how it goes for me with short story collections. I am always impressed by Junji Ito’s artwork as the style is very unique. He balances the darker moments and executes them well in each story. I Fragments of Horror is my second time reading anything by Junji Ito. I have been in the mood to read some horror manga this month, so I decided to pick this one up given its short length. The collection features eight different short stories. Some were definitely stronger than others, but that is usually how it goes for me with short story collections. I am always impressed by Junji Ito’s artwork as the style is very unique. He balances the darker moments and executes them well in each story. I think the best stories are Blackbird, Whispering Woman, and Gentle Goodbye. I am still not quite sure what to make of Magami Nanakuse towards the end of this collection though. The main character, Kaoru Koketsu, goes to meet her favorite author, Magami Nanakuse. Upon meeting for the first time, Kaoru makes comments about the author (who might be a transgender woman) being a man. The author is also made out to be the villain. I am not certain of what Junji Ito was playing around with in the story or how it translated. I cannot speak to his intent or how others might read it. It was my least favorite story for this reason. I was looking it up trying to learn more, but I did not have too much luck. I would love to hear what anyone else thinks about it. *Content warning: body horror, violence, nudity, possible transphobia (in Magami Nanakuse)*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Baal Of

    I had given up on ever reading any new Junji Ito, but after a very long wait, here is a new collection of stories. Ito is a master of weird horror, and my absolute favorite horror manga writer. This volume is not quite as good as some of his other work, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because I love it. Ito's ideas are bizarre, and even when the story seems to be going in a mundane direction, he always manages to turn it into something twisted by the end. His artwork style fits the writing, with I had given up on ever reading any new Junji Ito, but after a very long wait, here is a new collection of stories. Ito is a master of weird horror, and my absolute favorite horror manga writer. This volume is not quite as good as some of his other work, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because I love it. Ito's ideas are bizarre, and even when the story seems to be going in a mundane direction, he always manages to turn it into something twisted by the end. His artwork style fits the writing, with relatively clean lines, and simple paneling, which serves to put focus on the story. It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but a few of the standouts are 'Dissection Girl' with a character that starts off with a fascination for cutting up animals, but eventually wants the scalpel turned on herself. 'Black Bird' was also great, with a classic Junji Ito melding of human with animal, creating a unique creature that is horrific, and yet makes sense in disgusting sort of way. 'Nanakuse Kyokumi' was just plain fucking weird, and I wonder how he even came up with the concept. I think I need to go back and read all the other Junji Ito books I've got.

  18. 5 out of 5

    leni terese

    The first few stories were more creepy and horrifying than the rest, but they were all memorable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    rob

    Longer waits breed high expectations. Its been eight years since Ito did horror manga and even longer since the West got a title of his in English. This collection came out last year in Japan and gives eight stories varying from ghost stories to gore/exploitation. Its nowhere near the neurotic intensity of Gyo and especially not near his masterpiece, Uzumaki, but more along the lines of the stories presented in Vol. 3 of Museum of Terror. Many of the stories kind of build up to one big reveal, s Longer waits breed high expectations. Its been eight years since Ito did horror manga and even longer since the West got a title of his in English. This collection came out last year in Japan and gives eight stories varying from ghost stories to gore/exploitation. Its nowhere near the neurotic intensity of Gyo and especially not near his masterpiece, Uzumaki, but more along the lines of the stories presented in Vol. 3 of Museum of Terror. Many of the stories kind of build up to one big reveal, shown to us in a full-page drawing (or sometimes double page) of some specific horror. "Futon," "Wooden Spirit" and especially "Dissection-chan" have really good centerfolds. The latter story, maybe the worst of the collection, rides the line too close to past Tomie works and comes off dull. "Blackbird" has the most surreal atmosphere of the collection, dealing with birds and the cyclical dread of time-bending storytelling, leading up to a conclusion that seems outwardly frightening and mystified enough in being satisfied with its non-ending. "Megumi Nanakuse" and "Tomio - Red Turtleneck" have the most Ito-ish elements of the group (Ito himself admitting in the afterward his work with cat manga kind of dulled his Id a bit), giving the readers endings that are disposably horrific and critically post-modern in their resolution to let fear of the known carry over into what we would see as the "unknown" ie what goes past the final page; maybe its almost pre-modern (there is no binary, just fear). "Tomio..." is my favorite story and closely tied to a certain delirious Umezu comic I cannot think of the title of right now. Equally suspenseful and gory it ends with a panel that almost made me laugh. I was mildly disappointed with this collection but I'm so eager for more. Itosan, don't make us wait, dawg.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    3.5 stars Some stories were amazing and you just can't look away even if they're scaring the life out of you, but some others were a bit weak and some even left a bitter taste in my mouth. (view spoiler)[Magami Nanakuse and trying to surprise the reader and the characters with "that's a man actually!" like it's a negative thing was just a big NO. (hide spoiler)] Gentle Goodbye, Dissection-chan and Blackbird were AMAZING, though. 3.5 stars Some stories were amazing and you just can't look away even if they're scaring the life out of you, but some others were a bit weak and some even left a bitter taste in my mouth. (view spoiler)[Magami Nanakuse and trying to surprise the reader and the characters with "that's a man actually!" like it's a negative thing was just a big NO. (hide spoiler)] Gentle Goodbye, Dissection-chan and Blackbird were AMAZING, though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Another good collection of Jungi Ito horror stories. Slightly better than the newer Shiver collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    As is the case with most short story collections, a few of these worked and some didn't. Still a great read if you're looking for something off the beaten path of the same old when it comes to horror fiction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam (Who Cried Books)

    Distressing but imaginative stories with weirdly captivating and criminally amazing art! I need more Junji Ito, a.k.a the man who is more scared of cats than his actual works lol BLOG: Pam Who Cried Books || Twitter || Instagram Distressing but imaginative stories with weirdly captivating and criminally amazing art! I need more Junji Ito, a.k.a the man who is more scared of cats than his actual works lol BLOG: Pam Who Cried Books || Twitter || Instagram

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    This is the second manga from this author that I have read and have the same feelings as the first one. It was sooooo weird! Not scary in the slightest, but definitely creepy. Some stories were sillier then others. I feel like this would be the Japanese equivalent of 'Scary Stories' by Alvin Schwartz. This book is a collection of short stories. Some longer than others. My favorite stories were, "Gentle Goodbye", "Dissection-chan" and "Whispering Woman". Since these were the ones I enjoyed the mo This is the second manga from this author that I have read and have the same feelings as the first one. It was sooooo weird! Not scary in the slightest, but definitely creepy. Some stories were sillier then others. I feel like this would be the Japanese equivalent of 'Scary Stories' by Alvin Schwartz. This book is a collection of short stories. Some longer than others. My favorite stories were, "Gentle Goodbye", "Dissection-chan" and "Whispering Woman". Since these were the ones I enjoyed the most and the longest stories in the book I'll review these ones. "Gentle Goodbye" is about a family tradition of praying hard enough for a dead relative to become an "after-image". Meaning they aren't ghosts, but a image of their former selves except they will eventually disappear, but this gives the family more years to grieve and let go of their loved one through going about their days with the loved one still "mostly" there. I did not expect that ending :D "Dissection-Chan" was just gross. It's about a girl who was fascinated about dissecting frogs and mice when she was little. Soon rodents and amphibians weren't enough for her and she wanted to dissect bigger game. Super creepy! The last story I really liked was "Whispering Woman". This short story is about a woman who wants a job she saw in the want ads. The job is to literally tell a girl what to do 12 hours a day. From sitting to standing to breathing to eating. The girl is so anxious to do anything with out consulting someone first that she panics. The hired woman finds helping the girl peaceful in some way and does a wonderful job at it. Of course the story is creepier then that, but I don't want to spoil it :D Over all if you like paranormal, strange Japanese tales definitely pick up this manga. Junji Ito always has awesome illustrations in his books and they are guaranteed to be super weird.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leo Robertson

    Juan and I read this together at night and then we both had nightmares. 10/10 We also tried watching one of those Insidious films recently and it's all skittering about ghosts/shrieking noise and we were both like lol wtf is this, absolutely not.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    I'm really not sure what to feel about this comic. It was gross, spooky and had that teeny heart-warming moment. And yet, something was missing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Junji Ito's short form horror is top-notch and after a eight year hiatus, it is too to see Junji Ito working on horror again. While they are "Weird Stories," they don't bare the hallmarks of so much of the genre. His art is clean, detailed, and the contrast between the clean line work and the grotesque is often hyper-effective. These work more like "Tales from the Dark Side" or the "Twilight" zone with weirder twists. Magami Nanakuse' is a dark morality tale, and 'Gentle Goodbye' is melancholy, Junji Ito's short form horror is top-notch and after a eight year hiatus, it is too to see Junji Ito working on horror again. While they are "Weird Stories," they don't bare the hallmarks of so much of the genre. His art is clean, detailed, and the contrast between the clean line work and the grotesque is often hyper-effective. These work more like "Tales from the Dark Side" or the "Twilight" zone with weirder twists. Magami Nanakuse' is a dark morality tale, and 'Gentle Goodbye' is melancholy, distant, and slightly sad. 'Futon' is simply strange as is "Wooden Spirit" and yet somehow they work. "Dissection-chan" and "Blackbird" are truly horrific, and "Tomio-Red Turtleneck" feels like classic Junji Ito in it's surreal, violent, and slightly unsatisfying ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chandré Louw

    3.5 Stars Expected a lot more from this one. Albeit the stories were unique and and the art incredible , it lacked the horror I was anticipating. Chilling and creative but not really horrifying.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mother Of Sirens

    3.75/5 U want to start this off by saying this is my first Junji Ito! Now I'm a real horror fan! 🤧 I genuinely enjoyed most of these- even in such a short time Junji Ito made you feel fear with ease. I found the deeper commentary and the folkloristic narration to be intriguing but ultimately what made me give this collection this rating was the blatant homo/transphobia in the 2nd to last story. Like, it could have still been such an eerie and entertaining story had the villain not quite literally 3.75/5 U want to start this off by saying this is my first Junji Ito! Now I'm a real horror fan! 🤧 I genuinely enjoyed most of these- even in such a short time Junji Ito made you feel fear with ease. I found the deeper commentary and the folkloristic narration to be intriguing but ultimately what made me give this collection this rating was the blatant homo/transphobia in the 2nd to last story. Like, it could have still been such an eerie and entertaining story had the villain not quite literally been called by her victim "a cross-dressing man." There was no reason for her to be described as such and it could have been a powerful story had she not been reduced to a transphobic caricature.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kobi

    My first venture into Junji Ito's work! I've been meaning to delve into manga for a while now, and as a lover of horror, I think horror manga was a really great place to start! Each of the stories in this collection were spooky and strange, and I really loved the progression from unsettling to horrifying in each story. I think my favourites in the collection were Tomio - Red Turtleneck, Gentle Goodbye, Dissection-Chan and Blackbird, and I really can't wait to check out more by Junji Ito!

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