If you like tales of horror, really, really messed up mind-screwing horror, then manga artist Junji Ito has a graphic novel for you.
Presented in a new deluxe hardcover format, UZUMAKI is a story about insanity and spirals. Yes, you read that right, spirals. This classic tale of madness has been turned into a live-action movie, but you can enjoy it as it was originally conceived.
From publisher VIZ Media, “Kurouzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!”
“Junji Ito takes one of the most ubiquitous designs found in nature, the spiral, and uses it as the foundation for a truly terrifying story,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “This beautiful new hardcover UZUMAKI Deluxe Edition is a wonderful showcase for Ito’s unique, eye-catching art style and also makes a fun and frightening addition to this year’s Halloween season. Readers will never look at the world around them in the same way ever again after reading this masterpiece from one of the most acclaimed creators of horror manga!”
UZUMAKI Deluxe Edition contains all three volumes of the manga into one very attractive hardcover package. Along with a new cover, there are 12-pages of new, full-color artwork as well. It is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, carries an MSRP of $27.99 U.S and is currently available at retailers such as amazon.com.
Images: Jerry Tsai