Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito | Published: 2015
When I was a kid living in Japan, I learned that scary stories were for summer. It made so much more sense to me. Of course you want something, anything, to give you goosebumps when the temperature is hitting triple digits outside. Why would you want to give yourself chills during the dark frosty months?
Japanese horror is also great in that it doesn't follow the rules of western horror (why would it?). When imbibing myself with some American horror, I know what lines won't be crossed which puts me in a sort of comfort zone I don't have with J-horror. Junji Ito takes me out of my comfort zone.
The first of Ito’s works that I read was The Enigma of Amigara Fault. I came across it in the Something Awful Forums and they had a link and everything. 20 minutes later I had forgotten that it was July in Texas and I was in a house without central air. My arms and legs were covered in goosebumps and I immediately looked up this Ito person to see what else he had. I was hooked and within a week I had read Uzumaki, Gyo, and Tomie. The artwork is intricate and distressing. The plots are vague and surreal. When I saw a friend on Goodreads was currently reading his most recent anthology, I knew I had to partake as well so I got a copy from the library.
Fragments of Horror contains several short stories with a variety of themes. My favorites were Gentle Goodbye and Whispering Woman. The former hit a bit close to home and had me reaching for the tissues. Others had more zany plots, like the woman with a sexual interest in houses and a transvestite writer looking for a new tic. Overall, I loved it and it was great to revisit Ito. I only wish it had been longer but that’s just me being a glutton.
I highly recommend pretty much all of his works, especially with the peak of summer upon us. Stay cool out there!
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