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A Guide to Junji Ito

About 2 years ago I started what would become a fascination with the work of Junji Ito. Ito is a famed manga horror writer from the Gifu Prefecture in Japan. His work is renowned by many horror aficionados and I decided to begin cataloging his work and rating it. More to come as I read!
The Beast Of Left And Right

It all started when I got into these guys from a friend a while back and saw they had merch featuring artwork from a famous panel from Junji Ito's Uzumaki. I loved the illustration work and was hooked immediately.
2Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral

My first experience with Junji Ito was this one. A horror classic which revolves around the concept of a town haunted not by a creature or monster but by a spiral pattern. Beginning with a man’s obsession which leads to his own self-disfigurement into a spiral, the novel eventually leads to grandiose proportions beyond the scope of our world. 10/10
3Flying Lotus
You're Dead!

The Enigma of Amigara Fault
A immensely disturbing short that left me feeling incredibly shook for days after I read it. Amigara Fault is a story encompassing a discovery of a body of rock found on a cliffside with holes in the shape of human bodies. Later, many become lured into the holes as they believe they are perfectly aligned with the outlines of their bodies. I’ll save details for those who intend to read it. My personal favorite and a definite must in my book. 10/10
4Laura Stevenson
Sit Resist

The Human Chair
This was a bit more silly among the work’s I’ve read and I admit was a bit of reach in terms of being “chilling”. A woman purchases a chair which haunts her as if a person exists within it. I found this one to be kind of a stretch. However, I feel that to other’s it may differ greatly depending upon their natural fears. 5/10
5La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair

Thing That Drifted Ashore
A trope among some of Ito’s shorts, the length of this one keeps you from truly feeling just how terrifying it’s grip could truly have been. As the title suggests, a creature from deep below the sea drifts ashore. The monster has it’s reveal even after it’s inherent death. Give it a go if you are scared of deep sea critters, but this was less than impressive in my book. 4/10
6Choking Victim
No Gods, No Managers

Red Turtleneck
Some of Ito’s best illustration work in terms of facial expressions emoting discomfort and pain, this was a pretty killer one to check out. A teen is left with his head separated from his body and must hold it up in order to prevent it from falling off after being cursed. A strangely enticing thriller. 8/10
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

Glyceride contains some of the most disgusting panels amongst all of his works and takes poor human hygiene to a new level. If you can stomach this one kudos, cause this was some seriously wretched work. I won’t give any other details away… 9/10
8The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

More of social commentary than anything, Earthbound pushes un”earth”ly self-punishment to a new extreme. The victims in this story become literally paralyzed in place from the guilt of their crimes. 6.5/10
9The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer

Secret of the Haunted Mansion
Here we get a future glimpse at Suichi and more of his sinister antics as he coaxes two children to enter his haunted mansion of terror. 6.5/10
Beyond Death Beyond Reason

Roar of Ages
Admittedly not one of his “scary” efforts, Roar of Ages is a deeply intriguing effort nonetheless. The writing of the story opens up plenty of opportunity for a prequel or possibly even a sequel, if Ito so chose to do so. 6/10 (as it stands however)
11Fake Blood
Fix Your Accent

Blood Slurping Darkness
This seemed a bit too geared to people who are afraid of bats. I personally am not so I found it hard to feel the fear of this one. I do think that those who don’t like blood won’t need the illustrations to be in color though to be disturbed. 5/10
12Envy on the Coast
Lucy Gray

The Hanging Balloons
Who ever heard of a town attacked by floating head balloons that take form of the victim’s head? If you’re as skeptical as I was, you’ll scoff before giving this a read, but I assure you there are some epic surprises and some cringe-inducing illustrations at work here. 9/10
13Fear Before
The Always Open Mouth

She is a Slow Walker
Hey! A zombie nod off! I was most definitely excited for this one and this contains one of Ito’s greatest page-turning scares ever. His buildup in this one was brilliant. 9.5/10

Black Paradox
Another of Ito’s collective stories split into multiple volumes, Black Paradox was an other-worldly endeavor filled with its share of thrills, grotesque imagery and plenty of action. 7/10
15Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains
The Big Eyeball In The Sky

Hellstar Remina
A space/new planet tale which definitely showcases Ito as not only a master of unique and massive creations but also an action novelist. This story goes all over the place and back, much like Uzumaki but instead in the vein of a space epic. 8.5/10
16Pressure Cracks
Pressure Cracks

The Back Alley
A man finds a place to live in a city he enjoys only to find out a dark secret in the alleyway hidden behind it. Another short with some glimpses of immense panel designs but at times failing to utilize just how brilliant this could have been with added length. 6/10
The Dream Is Over

Long Dream
To anyone who has had a nightmare and wanted to escape, this may make sleeping quite impossible for a day or so. What would happen if your nightmare lasted not only for hours but for years or even an eternity? It’s an unfathomable thing that’s sure to last past your initial reading of this story. 9/10
18Tall Ships

Splatter Film
Who knew that tasting something delicious beyond words could end up being your end? Splatter takes something so simple and makes it detrimental to life itself (much like most of Ito’s other work). Some crazy illustration in this one and although it’s not so scary, it definitely has tons of artistic merit. 6.5/10
19Thunder Dreamer

Fixed Face
I’d maybe avoid this if you’re claustrophobic or fear being trapped in place. This is a short based around a woman who gets trapped with metal pointed rods in both ears. While not showing a great deal of gore, a lot can be said through Ito’s attention to detail in facial drawings. 8.5/10

Soichi’s Beloved Pet
A less terrifying outing to someone as into horror stuff as I am. Soichi, a recurring character among Ito’s work, curses a cat which his siblings find in the wild. The cat quickly becomes hostile and highly disturbing in it’s actions. Yeah this was just entertaining. 7/10
21The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

The Window Next Door
Do you have a window that is adjacent to a neighbor's window? I hope you know your neighbor well cause after reading this you may be afraid to go near it otherwise. Ito's grotesque illustration of the woman in the window is detailed beyond measure. Quite a disturbing vibe to this one. 8.5/10

Gentle Goodbye
What if you could have extra time with those you love after they die? Ito presents us with a story about a family who prays for the return of their loved ones after they die through a ritualistic prayer. The prayer allows the deceased member to live several year after their death as an after image of their former self. A truly interesting concept but the lack of scariness is made up for with intriguing writing. 8/10
Call the Doctor

The Chill
A curse through a jade statue begins to create a large amount of holes in the skin of whoever takes it. The victim also begins hallucinating of bugs coming from out of the holes of their body. A strange and utterly freaky concept which is sure to unnerve people. 7.5/10

Army of One
What would seem to be a concept aiming to not only frighten but also make commentary of hypnosis of masses through media. Sort of like the human centipede but a much more conceptually thought out premise. Regardless, it's an eerie endeavor which had me imagining what the haunting song that plays throughout the story might sound like. I don't know that I'd ever want to hear it in reality... 9/10
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