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Shiver: Selected Stories

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,164 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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 fac
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published December 19th 2017 by VIZ Media LLC (first published October 7th 2015)
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Emm - One Thousand Years of Books
"What will happen to me when I have an eternal dream? The morning after I have a dream that never ends, what will I have become?"

After the year of extreme tension waiting for the publishers to finally churn this out - though I suppose the combination of congealed shark's blood, cursed dream crystals and alien rib-bone they have to bind Ito books in is pretty difficult to piece together - it's not disappointing.

This particular combination of stories resonates with me. I'd read some of them separa
David Schaafsma
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shiver is a collection of horror manga by the mang-ka Ito (Uzumaki, Tomie), an elegantly curated collection of 9 his best short stories, illustrating a range of his work. Includes short reflections on the origins of each piece, and a page of early drafting of ideas and sketches that informed each piece, too.

The stories are comics horror, so you get to see it, not just read about it, obviously. So let's say you like Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a creative witch’s brew of scares? Well,
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-dark
As a big fan of anything creepy and strange, I really enjoyed Junji Ito’s Shiver. Shiver is a collection of 9 short stories that the author personally selected, as well as a new story that was previously unpublished (I enjoyed all the stories, though my favorite was Marionette Mansion). As a fan and collector of his manga such as Tomie, Uzumanki and Gyo-I highly recommend Shiver to horror/manga fans.
Anthony Vacca
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent selection of horror manga, Junji Ito's Shiver collects stories that will be new to those who have already read the astounding Uzumaki, the bonkers Gyo, the impish Dissolving Classroom, the affectionate Cat Diary: Yon & Mu and the eclectic Fragments of Horror. Those who have read Ito's exhaustive exploration of gender politics, Tomie, will remember the story re-printed here, which features that titular and ever -resurrecting femme fatale tormenting a painter, a photographer and a ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
Junji Ito is the master of creating some of the most weird and disturbing imagery in graphic novel horror. Drawn in the classic manga style, all the artwork in this collection was done in black and white, which fit the tone of the stories well. There were so many memorable panels that will undoubtedly stick in my brain. I particularly loved the incorporation of so much body horror in the stories.

Like in every collection, I enjoyed some stories more than others. Some of my favourites in
Shiver collects ten of Junji Ito's best horror manga, selected and annotated by the author. The stories vary in quality, not always managing to make the reader suspend disbelief enough to accept such far-fetched, freakish premises; but the art is always brilliant. Small details like facial expressions and the folds of clothes are just as striking as images of monstrous creatures and gory deaths.

Another translated collection, Smashed, is due out in April 2019, and I'm putting it on my wishlist. I
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bodies are always being hideously transformed in Ito's deliciously creepy, outrageously visceral stories. I find myself drawn back to individual panels for the utter loathing they so inspiredly convey. Embodiment is abjection and there's no way out.
Jedi JC Daquis
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Compared with the lackluster Fragments of Horror, Shiver is yet another dark gem in the world of horror manga. Junji Ito's short stories in this volume are scary enough to not let me sleep.

As with his other works, all the stories here revolve around some form of extreme obsession that spirals into something dark, many of them leading to a tragic demise of the characters. It is always that way in all of his stories, but the way each of them unfolds - creeping into your soul one scary panel at a t
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I'm left in awe both at Junji Ito's formidable artistic talents and his extremely perverse imagination. His stories display a twisted creativity and nightmare logic that most of the modern western Weird Fiction writers can't even begin to display, but which would probably earn him the acclaim of the Masters of the genre: one can imagine Thomas Ligotti nodding his head in approval after reading "Marionette Mansion," and certainly H.P. Lovecraft (well-known to be one of Ito's stated in ...more
Quentin Wallace
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I love horror manga. I actually love any type of comic book horror anthologies. Manga tends to go places American comics won't. Sometimes that's good, other times not. Manga will go straight for the disgusting gross out in a way most horror comics won't. Also, Japanese horror in general is a little different than western horror. Japanese horror can be scary and weird just for the sake of being scary and weird. Most of the time (not always) western horror gives you some type of reason fo
Rod Brown
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ito's stories often don't make a lot of sense, but god does the imagery linger in your mind, especially the body horror: flesh holes, disembodied heads, pimples(!), shark teeth. Gah.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, horror
Going on hold until I finish the anime season ...

I've never read Junji Ito before because I always thought his stories looked weird and gross (which I was right about but I'm not as grossed out as I thought I'd be.) The anime is airing currently though and I've been enjoying watching it every week. Only thing that kind of bugs me is how short the stories are and I know he has other longer manga that I would probably like more instead. This book, though not in order, seems to be what the anime ha
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, manga
Oh my god. I'm not usually squeamish about things that aren't egg whites or drool (hey, we've all got issues), but now thanks to this book I will fear small holes, pimples, and giant heads. Thanks, Junji Ito!

(Seriously, DO NOT READ if you have a weak stomach!)
Thomas Hall
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The main point I want to make about Shiver: Selected Stories by Junji Ito is how truly inventive these stories are. Each one is filled with new and interesting ideas that are a joy to read. They're also filled with Ito's signature art style that fills you with so much unease.

From best to worst (or least good in this case),

The long dream


hanging balloons

honoured ancestors


fashion model


used record

marionette mansion
Lorianna G
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scary, weird
Junji Ito is a freak.
Roman Stadtler
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, horror
Excellent! Great stories, of course, from a Master, but perhaps most interesting is his commentary at the end of each story. It's always fascinating to get a glimpse into how a great story-teller weaves tales from mundane nothings. My favorite stories were Hanging Blimp, then Honored Ancestors, The Long Dream, and Greased, which was the most disgusting (in all the right ways). Hanging Blimp was the scariest, I thought, but all the stories are unsettling, and many of them would make great short f ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why did I read it before bed? WHHHYYYYYYY? Those puppets will haunt me forever and ever amen.
Νατάσα Παυλίτσεβιτς
I knew it would be creepy and I knew it would be scary. But I had no idea it would be this beautifully created! The narrative is not pushing for tension, but builds it slowly and I’m sure the captivating visuals will prove to be memorable. It was hard to read it in a public cafe though, I kept thinking people would sneak a peek and drop their coffee cups.
Collin Henderson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Used record: a story that civers familiar ito themes of obsession, this time about a haunted record where the singer died ajd sang a few notes post mortem. Suitably weird but surprisingly tame.

Shiver: the eponymous story of this collection, it involves a strange idol that makes bugs burrow into peoples bodies. Its Moody and just weird enough but again surprisingly tame.

Fashion model: a young screen writer sees a truly weird looking fashion model in a magazine and cant stop thinking of her and th
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
scary enough to actually make you shiver!
This book was my first Junji Ito book and I loved it! I've been meaning to read Junji Ito for some time and with new stuff coming out I figured why not now. I picked Shiver because I heard it was anthology and didn't wanna take on too much in case I didn't like it. AND IT WAS GREAT! All the stories were properly creepy. They all had really interesting themes (lots of modeling and dreams). They also had these cool little back stories for each one from Ito
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than Fragments of Horror, which was excellent. Ito does horror like no one else--whether it's gross-out stuff like oily zits or haunted/possessed records, he has a firm grasp on what makes such things terrifying and is able to communicate that terror with or without accompanying horrifying imagery (and he is unsurpassed when it comes to horrifying imagaery, for the record). I have loved everything of his I have read. Normally short story compilations are hit-or-miss, but everything h ...more
Brian Barr
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, as I would expect Junji Ito to be. Great existential horror with a pragmatic style of storytelling. Beautiful art that is a testament to Ito’s natural talent. Cool commentary that follows each story and gets into how he came up with his ideas. I love Shiver. Highly recommended.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite story was "Hanging Blimp." So creepy!
Ken Yuen
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-read
The master of Japanese manga horror does it again. I've read some of these stories before in this anthology, but they're some of his better works. Found some new stories that are good too. I think this is Junji Ito at his best.
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson

Junji Ito's works are often a mixed bag of goodies. Sometimes the concepts are so ridiculous that they stretch beyond uncanny fear and into darkly amusing absurdity. But there are two consistent things about Ito's work, and those are the high quality of his artwork, and the fact that all of them are fucking weird, to one extent or another.

Contained within the beautiful hardcover bindings of Shiver are nine short stories and one bonus unpublished work that goes for a couple of pages, and the
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of short stories hand-picked by Ito himself! Fans will not be disappointed.

1. Used Record - A mythical record of a scat recording made from the afterlife has people killing to get their hands on it. An understated story with some classic Ito moments. (4/5)

2. Shiver - This is why I read Junji Ito. Very creepy art. A jade ornament has a curse and whoever has it will start getting big holes all over their body until they die. In the meantime, a mysterious doctor arrives to give
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Perftly creepy collection of stories that hit on everything from monsters to psychological terror. Read by campfire light and try not to be freaked out every time a leaf rustles.
Brian O'Connell
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror, weird
As usual, brilliant stuff; even the duds are interesting. Of the nine (ten, if you count the half-formed bonus story) comics collected here, “Honored Ancestors”, “The Long Dream”, and “Hanging Blimp” are the clear standouts, with the last one of these vaulting to the ranks of Itō’s absolute best. “Greased” also gets points for its sheer gross-out quality—he really didn’t pull his punches on that one—whilst “Painter” is an excellent Tomie story, even if it does bother me that it was included here ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edeleweiss

I had previously only read Ito's take on Frankenstein, which I found to be good but maybe a little bit too by-the-book to be really amazing. This volume contains original stories that he picked himself and they are definitely much more engaging. Every single story in here is both an original and engaging concept and illustrated in an incredibly creepy way. A lot of these stories really stuck with me for several days after I read them [often when
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know Junji Ito's manga will give me nightmares but I can't stop reading them! While most of these don't reach the scare level of his classics like Uzimaki and Gyo the imagery in them still linger after reading.
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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