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Fragments of Horror

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,177 ratings  ·  366 reviews
A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito's long-awaited return to th ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 8th 2014)
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Fabian
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Exceptionally gruesome. All these Japanese horror stories are Ju-On ("The Grudge") adjacent! Most of them lack a coherent purpose or strict motive-- which is precisely what makes them all the more eerie and beautiful!!

P.S. Ain't the cover JUST a beaut?
Orrin Grey
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, comics
Let me just get this out of the way before we start the review: For my money, at least two of the greatest masters of the weird tale who have ever lived are alive today and working in comics. One is Mike Mignola, and the other is Junji Ito. This is not just Junji Ito’s first horror collection in eight years, but it’s also the only collection of his unrelated horror shorts that’s widely available in print and in the English language right now. That, in itself, is enough to make Fragments of Horro ...more
Krista Regester
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was RIGHT up my alley .. I couldn't put this down. Junji Ito has a way of telling a story like no one else. These stories were twisted, weird, and had some of the best artwork I've ever seen. Highly recommend!
David Schaafsma
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the horror manga-ka author of the masterpiece Uzumaki and Museum of Terror, and after an eight year hiatus, here’s some short stories, some comedic, some scary, some icky, a ghost story, such a range of stuff that he apologizes for in the preface as lame. Not so. I like most of them a lot.

I admire how the drawing principally creates the sense of horror, so difficult to imagine accomplishing in a time of blockbuster cgi films. He crafts this fear with clean lines, simple paneling, simple, s
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juan carlos
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DISFRUTA DEL VERDADERO HORROR Y PIERDE LA CABEZA.

Las palabras que identifican a este libro es ENFERMIZO Y te dejará INQUIETO TODA LA NOCHE. . Junji Ito volvió a cumplir su objetivo en el horror.

¿Para qué leer Fragmentos de horror?

1. Para conocer historias dementes y enfermizas acompañadas de horror, sadismo, circunstancias un tanto asquerososas.
2. por que cada cuento es original y bien cerrado.
3. Amantes de los seres paranormales, de la muerte irreverente y la oscuridad de la mente humana es
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Emm - Stories for Ghouls
Ito's work in general is ridiculously addictive. These drugs are like a comic. Wait. Scratch that. Reverse it.
Fragments, the artist himself says, is a little different from his usual as far as the "horrifying" aspect of it, and I truthfully would not call it frightening as a whole, but it's no less elaborate and strange than usual, and "Blackbird" is absolutely haunting. Quirky horror is maybe a good word for Fragments. This collection weaves in-and-out of being either unsettling or humorous, an
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Oscar
‘Fragmentos del mal’, de Junji Ito, es una recopilación de historias cortas de terror, que es donde parece que más brilla el autor. El dibujo es muy bueno, y las ideas de Ito son imaginativas, a la par que perturbadoras. Estos son los ocho relatos incluidos:

Futón. (****) Una chica que encuentra a su novio bajo el futón, sin querer salir, por los monstruos que dice ver.

Espectros de madera. (***) Los dueños de una casa antigua, un padre y una hija, deciden permitir las visitas de los posibles inte
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Jedi JC Daquis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Though not as good as Uzumaki or Gyo, Fragments of Horror still packs a punch for those who seek legitimate horror manga. This is not Junji Ito's best, yet the short stories in this book are still more than enough to haunt you in your nightmares.

Fragments of Horror, like all of Junji Ito's works carries that trademark theme of extreme obsession that leads to horrific imagery and very often the tragic demise of the characters. The psychological wtf-ness creeps into your mind as Junji Ito progress
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Ray Nadine
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've always been a fan of Junji Ito's horror, and this book started off so strong, but the second to last story left such a bad taste in my mouth that it spoiled the book for me.

I do love how short the stories are, and even though they are short, they still managed to get across a subtle level of disturbing that creeps in your head for a while, even after finishing the story. It was really hard to put the book down and was easy to jump into the small world built around each story.

The story in q
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Matthew Hernandez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Tomio-Red Sweater, Gentle Good Goodbye, Dissection-chan and Blackbird. The rest were ok. I really liked the effort and originality Junji Ito puts forth into his novels... I will continue to support his work and be one of his biggest fans!
Teresa
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Whelp, this was quite the oddity. Half the stories were actually very intriguing while the other half were just....not up to par with the rest. Some pretty good original creepiness in quite a few of these stories.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
That was so creepy and fantastic—I loved this a lot more than Uzumaki, but even so, reading this makes me want to reread Uzumaki, too, and see if my opinion on Junji Ito's particular flavor of bizarro horror has just changed! RTC
Baal Of
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had given up on ever reading any new Junji Ito, but after a very long wait, here is a new collection of stories. Ito is a master of weird horror, and my absolute favorite horror manga writer. This volume is not quite as good as some of his other work, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because I love it. Ito's ideas are bizarre, and even when the story seems to be going in a mundane direction, he always manages to turn it into something twisted by the end. His artwork style fits the writing, with ...more
Garrett
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-comics
Another good collection of Jungi Ito horror stories. Slightly better than the newer Shiver collection.
rob
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Longer waits breed high expectations. Its been eight years since Ito did horror manga and even longer since the West got a title of his in English. This collection came out last year in Japan and gives eight stories varying from ghost stories to gore/exploitation. Its nowhere near the neurotic intensity of Gyo and especially not near his masterpiece, Uzumaki, but more along the lines of the stories presented in Vol. 3 of Museum of Terror. Many of the stories kind of build up to one big reveal, s ...more
Melissa Chung
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second manga from this author that I have read and have the same feelings as the first one. It was sooooo weird! Not scary in the slightest, but definitely creepy. Some stories were sillier then others. I feel like this would be the Japanese equivalent of 'Scary Stories' by Alvin Schwartz.

This book is a collection of short stories. Some longer than others. My favorite stories were, "Gentle Goodbye", "Dissection-chan" and "Whispering Woman". Since these were the ones I enjoyed the mo
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Niyura
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Espeluznante e impresionante!!
G
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Levemente perturbador.
Cintia Andrade
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essas histórias são macabras, assustadoras, eróticas, engraçadas, peculiares, e acima de tudo, MUITO esquisitas. Gostei de tudo e a arte é divina.
C. Varn
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Junji Ito's short form horror is top-notch and after a eight year hiatus, it is too to see Junji Ito working on horror again. While they are "Weird Stories," they don't bare the hallmarks of so much of the genre. His art is clean, detailed, and the contrast between the clean line work and the grotesque is often hyper-effective. These work more like "Tales from the Dark Side" or the "Twilight" zone with weirder twists. Magami Nanakuse' is a dark morality tale, and 'Gentle Goodbye' is melancholy, ...more
Marcelo Galvão
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Do mesmo autor de "Tomie" e "Uzumaki", esta coletânea reúne oito histórias de horror (cada uma tem em média 30 páginas, com exceção da primeira). A arte de Junji Ito é espetacular, transmitindo bem a apreensão e o terror, mesmo que às vezes pareça exagerada.
Quanto ao roteiro, na maioria da histórias tive a impressão que o autor não sabia o final (ou teve preguiça de descobri-lo), precisando então inventar um desfecho bizarro que nem sempre combinou com o que ele estipulou antes no início e meio
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Yume
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese, junji-ito, manga
Otro tomo que me ha gustado muchísimo, incluso más que el anterior. Algunas historias no son tan "terroríficas", pero están muy bien para mi punto de vista.
Posiblemente sea uno de mis tomos favoritos de este autor.
Chandré Louw
3.5 Stars

Expected a lot more from this one.
Albeit the stories were unique and and the art incredible , it lacked the horror I was anticipating.

Chilling and creative but not really horrifying.

Leo Robertson
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Juan and I read this together at night and then we both had nightmares. 10/10

We also tried watching one of those Insidious films recently and it's all skittering about ghosts/shrieking noise and we were both like lol wtf is this, absolutely not.
Octavi
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maravillosamente enfermizo. Este japo está fatal, y por ello lo adoro.
Pelidelasemana
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
La primera colección de relatos de horror de Junji Ito en ocho años es, por decir lo menos, altamente irregular.

La gran mayoría de las historias se sienten apresuradas, cerrándose muchas de ellas con torpeza en apenas un par de viñetas, o simplemente mostrándose incapaces de llevar a buen término ideas que en un principio podrían parecer interesantes.

3 relatos interesantes:

1. TOMIO. Red turtleneck: un hombre se folla a una bruja que le cercena la cabeza con un hilo. El hombre debe mantener la ca
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Nicola Mansfield
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the author's note, he states that the first story in this collection was his first return to horror after an 8-year hiatus and he feels it is a weak entry for him. I'm presuming the stories are published in order of publication as they gradually become better with the best stories being the ones toward the end. Even if all the stories aren't fantastic Ito is an awesome horror illustrator and he certainly knows how to give you the creeps with his detailed freaky illustrations. There were only ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, horror
I admire Junji Ito's horror tales for their exuberance. His draughtsmanship places the stories in a precisely rendered contemporary Japan, but before they are over you can be sure that all hell will break loose. They are often a bit nutty, but the horror is visceral and the experiences of his protagonists are devastating. Two standouts from this collection: A young woman's passion for the preservation of traditional Japanese architecture proves to literally know no bounds. In another, the meanin ...more
Derek Royal
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you love manga, and if you love horror, you can't go wrong with Junji Ito. This more recent collection of short horror tales is typical of Ito's style and brand. In fact, you could also argue that the "typical" nature of some of these stories might be the book's potential shortcoming. There were one or two times reading through this collection that I wondered if Ito is just playing too much on his formula and our expectations of him. Still, this is fun and creepy and weird book.
Danger
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
More of the same gross, gory, nightmare-fueled stories and demented art I’ve now come to expect from Ito. While some of the shorts were better than others, it was still a strong collection. Varied in tone, but 100% pure horror. Very good.
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Junji Itō (伊藤潤二) Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner o ...more