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12 Horror Manga You Should Read

Ever since The Ring became a hit internationally, a lot of horror fans have looked into Japanese horror for weird tales. While films and animated series adaptations are fun to watch, there are a lot of hidden gems in manga (comics).

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

This 3-volume series is set in the remote town of Kurouzu-cho where strange events started happening ever since a man became obsessed with the spiral pattern.

Fuan no Tane by Masaaki Nakayama

Composed of 3 volumes, it’s a collection of stories dealing with the supernatural such as ghosts and urban legends. It is followed by Fuan no Tane+.

Homunculus by Hideo Yamamoto

Made up of 15 volumes, Homunculus is the story of Susumu Nakoshi who was asked to participate in trepanation procedures by a medical student.

Jisatsu Circle by Furuya Usamaru

This manga was based on the movie of the same title. The manga is slightly different from the movie but retains the theme. If you found the movie disturbing, most of the readers agree that the manga is on a different level.

“Fasting” by Umezu Kazuo and Hisashi Eguchi

“Fasting” is part of the manga Eguchi Hisashi no Inu no Nikki, Kusai Hanashi, Sono Hoka no Tanpen which contained 11 stories. It’s about a plus-size girl who lost weight to date a guy she likes.

Dokumushi Kozou by Hino Hideshi

Lonely and despised Sanpei only had his pets as friends. One day he was stung by an insect and turned into a bug. He decided to make the bullies pay.

Ajin: Demi-Human by Sakurai Gamon

Nagai Kei was run over by a truck on the way home. He didn’t die. Instead, he discovered that he was one of the ajin, immortal beings who are hunted down by the government and subjected to inhumane experiments.

Shiki by Ryuu Fujisaki

The remote village of Sotoba changed when a family moved into an abandoned mansion. The village doctor started seeing signs of an epidemic. But what they discovered was more horrifying than a simple infectious disease.

Hideout by Kakizaki Masasumi

Kirishima Seiichi and Miki decided to take a vacation after they lost their son. The wife doesn’t know, however, that her husband is planning to kill her there.

Ibitsu by Ryou Haruto

This 2-volume manga features Itou Kazuki, a regular high schooler who went out one night to take out the trash and saw a woman near the trash pile. The woman asked if he has a little sister and disappeared when he looked back.

The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu

After an earthquake, Sho Takamatsu and his schoolmates were transported to the future. They saw a very different Earth that has suffered various catastrophes.

“The Enigma of Amigara Fault” by Junji Ito

This short story is part of the manga Gyo. People flocked to the Amigara Mountain after authorities discovered a fault following an earthquake. But the onlookers were more interested in the human-shaped holes that beckoned to them.




Tap Into Your Creative Side

Do you sometimes yearn to unleash more of your creative side? Admit it or not, focusing only on your logical side can sometimes be a drab. Everything needs to be balanced. So it’s just fitting for us to find balance between our logical side and our creative half. Even the geniuses of our world managed to marry both sides harmoniously. Take for example the great Leonardo da Vinci who is both an exceptional artist and a scientific genius with works not only limited to his well-renowned paintings but also his scientific endeavours.

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That being said, we are not aiming to be exactly like da Vinci, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for the sake of our creative talent, why not enhance it even more? Take a look at a few of these creative pursuits, find one that suits you best and be inspired to tap into your own creative side.

 

Sketching and Painting

There’s nothing like putting into drawing the exact picture you’ve created in your head. If you’re one of those who have a natural gift for sketching or painting then you are so blessed. But if you happen to be not so gifted in this kind of art, don’t fret, you’re not alone. And besides there are tons of classes which teach you the basics on sketching and painting anyway so there’s still much hope to learn this skill.

 

Crafts-making

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Remember when you used to do this as a kid in school making bracelets or celebration cards? Well by all means you could still do it up to now. There are crafts-making lessons of all sorts from intricate jewellery making to pottery making. And the good thing about this creative venture is that you could even start a small business selling your very own creations.

 

Writing

Have you ever tried your hand at writing short stories or short essays of your reflections and realizations? Well, this could just be your niche. Writing helps in unloading any emotions that you are carrying in your heart. And if you want you could even write your compositions in any of the languages you know. In fact, this is also another way for you to practice and master your second language. So get your pen and paper ready and put your thoughts into writing.

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