Essential Horror Manga

By Modern Myth

By Modern Myth

Western horror has the habit of using primal fears to scare us. Is there a killer in the hallway? Japanese horror focuses on existential horror of hopelessness that comes with just being a insignificant player in a cosmic event. These manga permeate you with deep dread lasting long after you've read them.

Uzumaki (Deluxe)

Junji Ito

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Cosmic horror is that sense of existential dread brought on by hopelessness in uncertain cituations. Mangaka Junji Ito's masterpiece drags you to primal fears through the use of spirals and their effect on the a sleepy fishing village.

Parasyte 1

Hitoshi Iwaaki

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What starts off as a typical alien horror story, Hitoshi Iwaaki’s classic slowly asks us what is to be human, what is it to kill another, and who are we when we must share our body with another.

I Am a Hero Omnibus, Volume 1

Kengo Hanzawa

$19.99 $18.39

In the vain of "The Walking Dead", the world has been overrun by zombies. Kengo Hanazawa takes through what it is like for a mild-mannered, law abiding citizen to face the horrors of body mutilation, PTSD, societies ever changing morals, and what the trauma inspires others to become.

The Drifting Classroom: Perfect Edition, Vol. 1

Kazuo Umezz

$34.99 $31.49

A boom in the distance. The elementary school is gone. Panic. Confusion. Is everyone dead? Somewhere, all occupants still exist. The children and teachers are stranded alone inside their school as they must figure out how to survive.

Gyo (2-In-1 Deluxe Edition)

Junji Ito

$22.99 $20.69

It's hard to walk down the path of horror manga before coming to Junji Ito's "Gyo". Simply, it means "fish" in Japanese. The reality of the story is much more than terrifying zombie-esque fish. "Gyo" explores how the sins of the past haunt the present and shape the future.

Ibitsu

Haruto Ryo

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Urban legends reflect the darkest fears of a society be it drowning with the story La Llorona or gang members killing those who flash their lights on a dark road. "Ibitsu" starts the fear of the stranger and goes further into what a stalker would do to take a place in your family.

Tomie

Junji Ito

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Junji Ito is a powerhouse. His character Tomie is part beautiful and part demon. "Tomie" isn't a contiguous story but each involves Tomie. She is a mysterious girl that infatuates all men who get close to her driving them insane with obsession. All her victims are driven by one deep desire, kill her so now one else can have her.