• Book Review

    Thinner

    Warnings: Violence, Sex, Racism, Descriptions of Starvation My Thoughts Do you know what one of the most un-fun things in the world is? Starving. Speaking as someone with experience and a stressful hospital stay because of it, this book has become that much more terrifying to me after that experience. Billy is a scum bag lawyer saddled with a gypsy curse that leaves him withering away slowly after committing a heinous crime. Both body and mind begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate and Billy finds himself fighting for his life. He goes through all the series of emotions you would expect from someone after they figure out that they’re…

  • Book Review

    The Metamorphosis

    Warnings: Violence, Death My Thoughts The Metamorphosis follows Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who one day wakes up and finds that he has been transformed into a large insect. Before his bizarre transformation, Gregor was the head of his family who worked to support his aging parents and young sister. The novel begins slowly, with the first part consisting of his horror at waking up in his new form. There is actually a lot of hysterics in the first part and it’s pretty strange but comedic. The reader gets a sense of who Gregor is as a character and his dedication, only thinking of how he can continue working and…

  • Manga Review

    Uzumaki

    Also by this author: Gyo, Tomie, Venus in the Blind Spot My Thoughts A horror manga about spirals – it sounds strange, doesn’t it? What makes Uzumaki so brilliant is that it takes something abstract and transforms it into the stuff of nightmares, utterly corrupting one of the most beautiful patterns in nature: the spiral. When I had first started reading this comic I was skeptical, how could a spiral be scary? There is nothing sinister about a spiral, just as there is nothing all that unusual about the town and its inhabitants. However, there is an air of unease that hangs over the mundane town, an evil far greater…

  • Manga Review

    Venus in the Blind Spot

    Also by this author: Frankenstein, No Longer Human, Shiver My Thoughts I am always overjoyed when I see another Junji Ito collection being brought over to English, Ito has such a large body of work and there are so many gems that there is always a wealth of great stories to read. Venus in the Blind Spot really is a “best of” collection and includes some of Ito’s strongest and most famous works as well as some one-shots that were published as standalone works in various magazines. This collection includes some of Ito’s most incisive critiques of Japanese culture. The Sad Tale of the Principal Post is a short but…

  • Manga Review

    Smashed

    Also by this author: Dissolving Classroom, Remina, The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions Warnings: Body Horror My Thoughts I am so happy that this collection has been brought over to English, Smashed is another phenomenal collection by the talented Junji Ito. This volume combines two story collections, Yami no Koe and Shin Yami no Koe Kaiden. I had read the first of the two several years ago and enjoyed it, rating the book with four stars. I had always meant to read the second, and so I was pleased that this edition included both. I didn’t mind re-reading the stories that I had read previously, as Ito’s work is…

  • Book Review

    A Human Stain

    Warnings: Gore My Thoughts What a wild ride this story was, I read it in a single sitting before bed and I couldn’t put it down. The opening of A Human Stain reminds me of The Turn of the Screw; a young woman is enlisted by a wealthy gentleman to care for his recently orphaned nephew. The young woman goes to a remote castle and finds something strange is going on. It is a beautifully written gothic mystery with a healthy dose of body horror. I loved the main character, a brash lesbian with an eye for the beautiful and quiet nursemaid. Everything about the castle and the people that…