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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories by Junji Ito

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SKU 9781421596938 ISBN: 9781421596938
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Get ready to be chilled to the bone with Shiver: Selected Stories, a spine-tingling anthology of horror manga curated and illustrated by the iconic Junji Ito. With nine heart-pounding tales, Shiver introduces you to an eerie world that dissects human vulnerability, psychological horror, and the grotesque. From mesmerising spirals to cursed towns and malevolent curses, Ito’s storytelling prowess is on full display, leaving you haunted long after the final page is turned. Purchase this thrilling book now at Books2Door.

About the Book:

Shiver is a horror anthology beautifully crafted with care, offering readers the unique opportunity to dive deep into Junji Ito’s haunting imagination. The book compiles nine hand-picked stories from Ito’s extensive oeuvre, each one wrapped in its own unique, enigmatic narrative. You’ll find unsettling tales like Used Record, a story centred around a vinyl recording that has a truly dark side, and Shiver, the namesake of the anthology, which probes the inexplicable and the taboo. Each story is accompanied by afterword commentary from Junji Ito himself, providing deeper insight into his artistic vision and thematic concerns.

One of the standout features of Shiver is Ito’s groundbreaking artwork. His painstakingly detailed illustrations create a sense of unease and wonder that enhances the storytelling. With a blend of intricate line work, imaginative creature design, and masterful use of black and white, Ito's art becomes a character itself—elevating the stories into a multi-sensory experience that is both enchanting and unsettling. You'll be unable to look away from the terrifying beauty that unfolds on each page.

Junji Ito delves into the deepest recesses of human emotion and fear, tackling themes of existential dread, human vulnerability, and societal constraints. In Shiver, the characters are often ordinary people who come face-to-face with the inexplicable or the malevolent. Their ensuing struggles are not merely skin-deep scares but thought-provoking examinations of the human psyche. Ito’s tales are poignant reminders of how horror can manifest both externally and within the contours of the human mind.

There are plenty of horror manga titles out there, but Shiver holds a special status. Not only does it offer a compilation of stories by a legend in the field, but it also includes Ito's own commentary—making it a collector’s item for both fans and newcomers. It's a concentrated dose of horror that appeals to those who are looking for stories that don't just frighten but also make you ponder the darker facets of existence.

Shiver: Selected Stories by Junji Ito is not just a book; it's an unforgettable journey into the unsettling, the uncanny, and the outright terrifying. By perfectly marrying narrative richness with artistic mastery, Ito crafts an anthology that you'll want to revisit time and time again—though you may want to keep the lights on.

Immerse yourself in this spellbinding anthology that offers an unparalleled horror manga experience. Are you ready to shiver? Grab your copy today and plunge into the depths of darkness that only Junji Ito can illuminate.

About the Author:

Junji Ito, born on July 31, 1963, in Sakashita, Japan, is an iconic figure in the world of manga, particularly renowned for his unparalleled contributions to the horror genre. With a background in dental technology, Ito's journey to becoming a luminary in manga is a fascinating tale. His initial foray into the world of storytelling was motivated by his love for horror stories and manga as a child, notably inspired by works like Kazuo Umezu’s comics and H.P. Lovecraft’s tales of cosmic horror. He made a dramatic career switch by abandoning his dental profession and diving headlong into the manga industry, debuting in 1987 with a short story, Tomio: Red Turtleneck, for which he won an honourable mention in a prestigious manga contest sponsored by Shogakukan, one of Japan’s leading publishing houses.

Over the years, Ito has crafted a unique style that combines intricate artwork and psychologically complex narratives to explore human vulnerabilities, societal anxieties, and existential fears. Works like Uzumaki, a story about a town’s dangerous obsession with spirals, and Tomie, which revolves around an immortal woman who drives men to madness and murder, have received critical acclaim and a massive cult following, both in Japan and internationally. Gyo, another famous work, delves into body horror, using grotesque imagery to dissect human and environmental degradation. Ito's meticulous attention to detail in his artwork—often featuring intricately detailed and unsettling illustrations—adds a layer of visual storytelling that elevates the dread and suspense.

Notable for his ability to provoke profound emotional and intellectual responses through his work, Ito has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the esteemed Kazuo Umezu Prize. Beyond the printed page, his tales have found new life in various adaptations, including films, TV shows, and even inspired haunted house installations in Japan. His influence extends beyond manga, reverberating through modern horror literature, cinema, and even video games.

Junji Ito has firmly etched his name as a master of horror, melding the grotesque and the beautiful, the psychological and the supernatural, into a singularly compelling narrative style. His work invites audiences to confront the dark recesses of human psychology and the eerie unknown, leaving an indelible impact that lasts far beyond the initial reading. It is this blend of thematic depth, narrative sophistication, and artistic excellence that cements his legacy as a titan in the realm of horror manga.

Description from the Publisher:

A best-of-story selection by the master of horror manga. This volume includes nine of Junji Ito's best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl's window... 

After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face... 

An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a really bloody ending... 

An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans. An exciting addition to VIZ's Junji Ito library, containing Ito's best short stories as selected by the author himself.;

Pagination: 400 pages;

Date of Publication: 14/12/2017


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