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The Twisted and Grotesque Worlds of Junji Ito's Nightmarish Horror Manga

Images to haunt your dreams.


Enter the surreal and macabre world of Junji Ito, the Japanese manga artist and horror author who has shaken up the horror genre with his unique vision.

Ito became immersed in the horror genre at a young age, and his passion for drawing and storytelling led him to create some of the most unsettling and spine-chilling horror stories in recent history. His style of cosmic and body horror is unmatched, guaranteeing that his stories will leave you both trembling and eager for more.

From the beautiful but mysterious Tomie to the cursed town in Uzumaki, Ito’s stories will take you on a journey through the darkest corners of the human psyche. His illustrations are incredibly detailed and often feature graphic violence and grotesque creatures that will haunt your dreams.

It’s not just the visuals that make Ito’s work stand out; his stories are filled with psychological horror, exploring themes like isolation, loneliness, and the fear of death that are sure to strike a chord with readers.

But what really sets Ito apart is his ability to create truly unforgettable characters, particularly strong female protagonists who defy traditional horror tropes. These women are able to face their deepest fears and confront the monsters that haunt them, a refreshing change from the usual helpless female victims found in some horror.

It’s no wonder that Ito’s work has been recognized with numerous awards. His influence on the horror genre is undeniable. Whether you’re a horror fan or simply looking for a hair-raising read, Junji Ito’s work is not to be missed. So, do yourself a favor and pick up one (or all!) of these fantastic works, and get ready to enter a twisted world of terror that will leave you breathless.

Where to Start with Junji Ito



By Junji Ito

This short story collection centers around a seductive girl named Tomie, who has succubus-like power to make men fall in love with her. However, her beauty hides a dark and dangerous secret that leads to horrific consequences. Ito’s ability to create truly unsettling images and psychological horror is on full display in this collection. The one that started it all, it’s a great introduction to Ito’s unique brand of horror.

Uzumaki by Junji Ito


By Junji Ito

With its incredibly detailed artwork and haunting storytelling, Uzumaki by Junji Ito is a classic horror manga that is a must-read for any fan of the genre. The story centers around a small town that is cursed by a spiral pattern, which slowly drives its inhabitants insane. This pattern is a powerful symbol that represents the cyclical nature of life and the inevitability of death, adding a deeper layer of meaning to the story. The atmosphere of dread that Ito creates through his art and writing is so palpable that it will stay with you long after you finish reading the manga.

venus in the blind spot

Venus in the Blind Spot

By Junji Ito

In Venus in the Blind Spot, Junji Ito tells the story of a young man who regains his sight after receiving a corneal transplant. The man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman named Venus, whom only he can see. As he delves deeper into his obsession, he discovers that Venus may not be entirely human and that his newfound sight may be revealing a reality that others cannot see. The story plays with themes of perception, reality, and the fragility of the human psyche, creating a disorienting and unsettling experience for readers. Ito's use of body horror and surreal imagery adds to the story's sense of unease, as the protagonist's physical and mental state deteriorates as he becomes more and more entangled with Venus.

shiver by junji ito


By Junji Ito

Shiver features a variety of terrifying tales, from a haunted house to a cursed mirror. Each story showcases Ito’s ability to create disturbing and memorable imagery, as well as his talent for crafting complex characters and narratives. He delves into the darker aspects of the human mind and the lengths people will go to in order to protect themselves and those they love. A must-read for fans of psychological thrillers.

fragments of horror

Fragments of Horror

By Junji Ito

For a more atmospheric horror experience, check out this collection of short stories that showcase Ito’s ability to create truly creepy and unsettling environments.


Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection

By Junji Ito

This graphic novel adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror story is a masterpiece of the genre. Ito’s stunning artwork brings the story to life in a whole new way, and his additions and changes to the original story only enhance the terror and tragedy at the heart of the tale.

cat diary by junji ito

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

By Junji Ito

A hilarious manga that follows Ito’s daily life with his cats, but with a sinister twist that will delight Lovecraft fans. Despite its humorous premise, the manga also offers a unique exploration of the intersection of horror and comedy, with Ito’s signature unsettling imagery and Lovecraftian references adding an unexpected layer of depth.

Coming Soon from Junji Ito

tombs by junji ito


By Junji Ito

Publication date: March 28, 2023

Picture this: a small community, shrouded in darkness, with rows upon rows of eerie tombstones creating a haunting sight. But that’s just the beginning of the horror that lies within. Join a brother and sister as they experience a traffic accident in the midst of this town of the dead, leaving them wondering what their fate will be. Or follow the terrifying tale of a girl whose tongue transforms into a slimy slug, rendering her speechless and helpless. Can her friend find a way to save her before it’s too late? And, brace yourselves for a story about a young man who discovers that his grotesque neighbor, with only one window in their entire house, calls out to him every night. What could this neighbor’s twisted intentions be? Each story is a classic example of Ito’s unmatched ability to create uniquely unsettling and disturbing horror premises.

soichi junji ito

Soichi: Junji Ito Story Collection

By Junji Ito

Publication date: July 25, 2023

Newly translated into English, Soichi has a very twisted and sadistic personality, enjoying the suffering of others and taking pleasure in causing chaos and harm. He often uses his knowledge of the occult to manipulate and control others, further highlighting his calculating and evil nature. Despite his despicable behavior, Soichi has gained popularity among Junji Ito’s fans due to his unconventional character and unique appearance including a distinctive hairstyle and unsettling smile. While not for everyone, these stories offer a fascinating insight into the mind of one of Ito’s most perverse and malevolent characters.