Never heard of Junji Ito? Great! It could be your next haunting read (albeit longer then the Bongcheon-Dong Ghost but well worth it). See, Junji Ito is a Japanese horror manga artist. I’ve read two of his works: Uzumaki and Gyo. Let me tell you, the scenes he thinks up and the way that he draws them haunts me till this day.
Uzumaki revolves around a high school student and her experience in a town that is slowly overcome and transformed by an obsession of spirals. It starts off slow, where the obsession is restricted to a lone man. His senses are completely captured with the pull of the symbol. Soon, it isn’t enough to own items that carry the spiral, but the body must itself express it. Enter in the weird and macabre in a story that twists like its subject matter. It’ll have your stomach doing the same. And while the chapters do vary in dark quality from spooky to off the wall, it’s highly likely that if you can get into it by the fall of the first victim, then you’ll be happy to have read the whole thing till the end.
Ugh. Just thinking about the snails near the finale makes my stomach turn (and that usually takes a lot).
When I followed up with Gyo, a Horror manga story about sea creatures taking to land, I was anticipating something good. While different, I believed that it was still able to deliver. Maybe not as consistently on the shock, but when it does, it does it well. While this story line may be a little more farfetched for some readers, it’s something I would recommend to give a try.
If you’d like to try a taste of Horror manga, then you might do well to start with Uzumaki first (don’t bother watching the movie (I didn’t think it was all that great and it definitely does not do the story justice)).
You can pick either story up at amazon (I’ve included the link below) Or... If you already own them, you can visit Manga123.com and watch it online at your convenience (I’ve included the direct links below). Enjoy.