Are you a lover of the macabre? Can’t get enough of nightmare fuel? Enjoy losing sleep thanks to creepypasta? Then get over to Junji Ito’s Haunted House before the doors close forever!
The site is a special branch of Asahi Shimbun Publications’ website, celebrating the horror manga author’s 30th anniversary. If you’re not familiar with Junji Ito’s name, you may be familiar with his work nonetheless. He’s best known among anime and manga fans for his series Uzumaki (about a city overtaken by eldritch spirals) and Tomie (about a seemingly immortal young woman who ensnares men). But many may be familiar with The Enigma of Amigara Fault, a short work of Ito’s that became heavily circulated on Tumblr. In it, two tourists go to see a series of human-shaped holes exposed by an earthquake, and… well, if you’ve read it, you know the rest.
Ito’s work is eerie, graphic, and unsettling. His trademark style blends understated character design with hyper-realistic horrors, making his nightmarish creations seem to jump off the page. His stories rarely end well, even for his heroes. The one true exception is Junji Ito’s Cat Diary, a slice-of-life comedy about life with his wife and two cats. While he engages in a great deal of stylistic self-parody, the plot itself is just a day in the life of two cat owners.
Junji Ito’s Haunted House is Japanese-only, but contains horrific manga that speaks for itself. Slug Girl, a 1997 short work about a molluscophobic girls whose tongue transforms into a slug, is presented in its entirety, as well as the three-part Hanging Balloons.
Even well-versed readers have something new to look forward to. Ito’s latest work, Kyoufu no Juusou, is available to read, too. It tells the story of a family seemingly cursed by a strange archaeological find. Trying to describe it in a few words would be difficult, but it’s safe to say the story has layers.
The site closes down at the end of this week. So whether you’re a fan or just curious, make sure you give it a look!