Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!
Uzumaki is a horror manga (Japanese comic book) written and illustrated by Junji Ito. It was originally published serially in the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1998 to 1999. The book I am reviewing is a hardcover omnibus edition that was published in 2013. While I read comic books pretty regularly, lately I tend to avoid reviewing them. After completing Uzumaki, however, I knew I was going to make an exception. Most other comic books I read are beholden or connected to storylines that come before them, as well as others happening simultaneously. This book, however, is self-contained, telling a complete story.Read More »
While there are numerous ways to present the horror genre, I’ve found myself considering two distinct types of horror stories: those where the threat is paranormal, and those where the threat is mundane. When I say mundane, I mean something that we all acknowledge is within the realm of possibility. Stories that tell of gruesome killers and levels of cruelty only a twisted human imagination could conjure up and for all intents and purposes could actually happen.Read More »
I recently finished playing the horror point-and-click adventure game Tormentum: Dark Sorrow, released on Steam for personal computers and developed by OhNoo Studio. While I don’t typically want to be reviewing video games on this blog because I want things to be more story focused, I feel that the genre of this game is centred around story enough that I can justify a full review.Read More »
This past week I read The Right Hand of Doom, the fourth volume in the Hellboy series of comic books by Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse. Though I’m only a third into the series’ volumes so far, I’ve caught myself reflecting a lot about how different Hellboy feels from other stories, especially when compared to the films.Read More »
Beginning in March, I fell down an interesting rabbit-hole while casually reading articles on TV Tropes, an online database of storytelling tropes. For some reason I was continually coming back to sections about eldritch abominations and Lovecraftian lore.Read More »