“A “best of” collection of creepy tales from Eisner award winner and legendary horror master Junji Ito.
This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror.”
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book*
Venus In The Blind Spot by Junji Ito is a collection of creepy, horror stories, told in a manga format. This was my first time ever reading, not only a horror manga, but anything by the infamous Junji Ito and believe me when I say that I am seriously impressed. The tales within this collection were amazing and have had me creeped out and telling people about them. This has absolutely made me not only want to read more horror manga’s, but to read more manga’s in general. I know that you read physical manga’s back to front, but I wasn’t aware that you also read them right to left.
There are several tales within this collection that I know are going to stay with me for a while and are going to make me look at normal things differently from now on, such as shopping for a new chair and cracks within the sides of a mountain. The illustrations’ within this manga just add to the overall creepy atmosphere and are perfect additions to the story!! I received an e-Arc version thanks to NetGalley, so there were sections that were in colour and other sections that were in black and white and honestly, both of these were basically perfect. The added definition and detail in the ones I was able to see in colour just added to the realism to certain aspects, which intensified the overall felling, but the basicness with the black and white, if that’s how they’re staying, did not take away from the overall felling I got from this.
Within this collection, there are 10 tales, which are meant to be the ‘best of’ Junji Ito works. This is my first time reading anything by Junji Ito, but I can tell you this, I thoroughly enjoyed each and everyone of these. The stories included in this collection are;
- Billions Alone
- The Human Chair (Original Story by Edogawa Ranpo)
- An Unearthly Love (Original Story by Edogawa Ranpo)
- Venus In The Blind Spot
- The Licking Woman
- Master Umezz And Me
- How Love Came To Professor Kirida (Based on the story by Robert Hichens – How Love Come To Professor Guildea)
- The Enigma Of Amigara Fault
- The Sad Tale Of The Principal Post
My favourite out of the 10 tales has got to be The Human Chair, simply because of how much that one has stuck with me. The subtle creepiness that’s created within such a short story, is so perfect. The illustrations that go along with it, just add to it and round this off to make it the ultimate creep fest and I love it and slightly hate that it now makes me look at my chairs in a new way.