Awesome Horror Comics
31 9.11. Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror Vol 1 - Junji Ito
In my opinion, Junji Ito's greatest work and he's already one of the greatest horror comic book artists so it definitely deserves a reading or two:D
It has realistic, detailed art and hand drawn characters and backgrounds.
The main plot builds around smaller stories(all about a strange spirals appearing around town, transforming people and objects), all of them scary enough to make you shiver.
There is also a moderate amount of gore and also noteworthy when talking about Junji Ito's works: the characters' expressions are very realistic and you can practically feel what they are feeling just by watching their faces:)
7 8.82. Tomie, Volume 1 - Junji Ito
Tomie is easily Junji Ito's most famous work although, in my opinion, not the very best.
The art here was still underdeveloped and it gets significantly better in Uzumaki. The story of Tomie is, in my opinion, slightly less interesting than the Uzumaki one.
In short, it's about a girl Tomie who is incredibly pretty and there's something about her that draws men to her only for her to end up dead and yet she always appears again and again, alive and well.
7 103. Ultra-gash Inferno: Erotic-grotesque Manga - Suehiro Maruo
Clean art for a dirty story, extremely grotesque and violently erotic. Everything by Suehiro Maruo is worth reading.
5 7.54. Lullabies From Hell - Hideshi Hino
There are several stories in sort of a comedic tone and much weirdness all around.
The character's are grotesque, backgrounds are simple, there's much gore, and monsters are strange but scary enough I guess.
I don't know what else to say really. Just, if you're a horror fan, this is Hideshi Hino, he's an awesome horror artist, read it, you might very well like it.
17 7.75. Gyo, Volume 1 - Alvin Lu,Junji Ito,Yuji Oniki
I didn't finish this one, mostly because it became boring after some time.
The story is about a mutated fish infestation and also, similar to Uzumaki, people transforming into said creatures.
The art is better than in Tomie, more detailed, especially the mutated fish:)
More than scary though, it's very, very disgusting but, worth a read anyway.
2 46. Human Clock - Tokunan Seiichirou
This one isn't as bad as my rating it might suggest but to me, it just isn't as good as the rest of these.
The art is certainly interesting, what with the characters being more caricatures than real people. Very grotesque in design. The backgrounds made me feel claustrophobic for some reason and you can really feel the anxiety of the main character who's slowly being transformed into what he's been surrounded with his whole life.
5 87. Seeds Of Anxiety - Nakayama Masaaki
Many people say, in various reviews, that this is not as scary as it is made out to be.
Well, to me, it's as scary as hell.
The stories are short, two to three pages long but they are effective in making you shiver in fear.
Basically, it's a collection of weird things happening around town, and there's ghosts, monsters and just plain strange creatures, all lurking somewhere in the shadows.
Whatever people may say about it, it certainly gave me a fear of mirrors, corners and street lamps:((
19 8.28. MPD-Psycho: v. 1 - Eiji Otsuka,Sho-u Tajima
This is more a detective story with guro elements than the standard horror comic like the ones above but it certainly frightened me enough to end up on this list.
Guro is basically, tearing people(mostly women though since there sexual arousal as well and killers are usually male) to shreds, guts falling out, heads falling off and other such beautiful imagery but here, there's actual point to these guro...well, happenings, and it involves a detective with multiple personality disorder, an eye bank and a bunch of messed up killers all members of said eye bank.
4 89. Suicide Circle - Furuya Usamaru
The story is different than the one in the movie of the same name.
This one's about a bunch of teenage girls committing suicide at the very beginning of the manga by jumping in front of a train.
The cult of suicide girls is always led by the one girl who survives the suicide so that it can happen again and again.
Everything is nicely drawn, from the backgrounds to the characters and their expressions to the inevitable gore after the event of mass suicide ends.
There's also an emotional drama of the main character as the center of the story and it serves to show her reasons of wanting to die.
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