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~Free Pdf ♏ Venus in the Blind Spot ♴ A Best Of Collection Of Creepy Tales From Eisner Award Winner And Legendary Horror Master Junji ItoThis Ultimate Collection Presents The Most Remarkable Short Works Of Junji Ito S Career, Featuring An Adaptation Of Rampo Edogawa S Classic Horror Story Human Chair And Fan Favorite The Enigma Of Amigara Fault In A Deluxe Presentation With Special Color Pages And Color Illustrations From His Most Recent Long Form Manga No Longer Human, Every Page Invites Readers To Revel In A World Of Terror While this isn t my favorite Ito collection, the adaptations of Edogawa Ranpo s work are fascinating I especially like and respect his take on The Human Chair it serves as both a retelling and a sequel to the original 1925 short story, and it s tonally faithful I m definitely going to have to find a way to use it when I teach the original short story in class.Beyond that, this is strong in the usual ways creepy, emphasis on the fear of things just shy of ordinary and otherwise a perf While this isn t my favorite Ito collection, the adaptations of Edogawa Ranpo s work are fascinating I especially like and respect his take on The Human Chair it serves as both a retelling and a sequel to the original 1925 short story, and it s tonally faithful I m definitely going to have to find a way to use it when I teach the original short story in class.Beyond that, this is strong in the usual ways creepy, emphasis on the fear of things just shy of ordinary and otherwise a perfectly good collection If you re already a Junji Ito fan, there s no reason you won t enjoy this book I ve been trying for months to get Junji Ito books but whenever I find them they are very expensive When Viz media accepted my request on Netgalley for this book I felt it was Christmas day I read the entire book on the same day.Venus in the Blind Spot includes a collection of 10 creepy horror stories.The illustrations are terrifying, and some are a bit disturbing I admit that after finishing reading the book I even had nightmares butOverall I loved it because the stories leave you thinking e I ve been trying for months to get Junji Ito books but whenever I find them they are very expensive When Viz media accepted my request on Netgalley for this book I felt it was Christmas day I read the entire book on the same day.Venus in the Blind Spot includes a collection of 10 creepy horror stories.The illustrations are terrifying, and some are a bit disturbing I admit that after finishing reading the book I even had nightmares butOverall I loved it because the stories leave you thinking even when you finish them If you are a fan of Junji Ito or you love to read or see horror things, you are going to love this collection.Trigger warnings necrophilia, animal death, torture, murder, sexual assault violenceThanks to Netgalley and Viz Media for this amazing arc copy 2.25Not the best collection, honestly, though there are some interesting back stories that aren t something Ito usually supplies, including him reminiscing over his love of horror manga as a kid It s understandable to me why he holds Kazuo Umezu in such high regard, but usually I think Ito is way better himself Umezu might just be too campy for me.I like it when these collections feature the same characters in different stories Ito does this often but I wantedwith the female author 2.25Not the best collection, honestly, though there are some interesting back stories that aren t something Ito usually supplies, including him reminiscing over his love of horror manga as a kid It s understandable to me why he holds Kazuo Umezu in such high regard, but usually I think Ito is way better himself Umezu might just be too campy for me.I like it when these collections feature the same characters in different stories Ito does this often but I wantedwith the female author and felt like her story just ended The other stories are mostly ok but either not long enough or not particularly memorable The titular story to me was one of the weakest ones, but The Sad Tale of the Principal Post was especially dumb and pointless The Enigma of Amigara Fault is still one of the most unsettling stories I ve ever read but it s also included at the end of Gyo as a bonus story, though not with the color pages, so I d already read it.I think this collection just fell short It wasn t terrible but if I wasn t a huge fan who reads everything he writes I don t think I would bother with this one at all ARC provided by NetGalley is a best of collection of creepy tales, presenting the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito s career, and featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa s classic horror story Human Chair and fan favorite The Enigma of Amigara Fault In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers tois a best of collection of creepy tales, presenting the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito s career, and featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa s classic horror story Human Chair and fan favorite The Enigma of Amigara Fault In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terrorI m definitely an auto read with everything Junji Ito His ability to craft uniquely imaginative tales mixed with shocking imagery is unparalleled, and this particular collection is no different Literally every single story has a concept or a series of images that are burned into my brain in a good way and I ll never forgetWhat if someone started capturing groups of people and sewing their bodies together hence my pic What if a woman every young man lusted after started disappearing from view What if there was a person living inside your favorite chair What if human shaped holes suddenly appeared in the mountain, and you could go inside of them All these horrifying questions andare answered inside Warnings extreme body horror, corpse mutilation, stalking and gendered violence, sexual assault, necrophilia, animal deathReading this anthology is like discovering new fears that you didn t know you had As an anthology, not much connects the stories with each other, but they are all like way out there, in terms of what the horrific element is The first story itself in which groups of people are found dead with their corpses stitched together in bizarre ways, thus having everyone isolating th Warnings extreme body horror, corpse mutilation, stalking and gendered violence, sexual assault, necrophilia, animal deathReading this anthology is like discovering new fears that you didn t know you had As an anthology, not much connects the stories with each other, but they are all like way out there, in terms of what the horrific element is The first story itself in which groups of people are found dead with their corpses stitched together in bizarre ways, thus having everyone isolating themselves will hit particularly because looks around at COVID and that story is only the start of how insane it gets There s people living secretly in chairs, a father who has hit upon a new innovative method to keep the boys away from his beautiful daughter, the weird creepy kid born in a very, uh, disturbing method of procreation, andThe stories deliver on the horror, put it is like inexplicable horroron the supernatural, than having some human reasoning or logic behind it, which can also make it frustrating, because in terms of conclusion they don t deliver much It is disturbing, of course, and the artwork doesn t shy away from putting it all right into our faces Junji Ito sure has some talent in giving us quite terrifying expressions perhaps the most disturbing one was the one with the tongue yes, I am saying this in an anthology that has had corpses sewn together like some bizarre modern art pieces I am not sure if I really want to readof his work I m intrigued by the elements, but the lack of satisfying conclusions to most of the stories kind of put me off Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss. Junji Ito never fails to horrify and sicken me with the stories he produces and, most importantly, his grotesque art style.Even though I gave this five stars and loved the majority of this, I didn t fully enjoy every single element of this book I found The Sad Tale of the Principal Post to be a bit too short for my liking yet it did not lack in strangeness.I also felt that Master Umezz and Me didn t fit in with the collection, but it was nice to see the childhood of Junji Ito and how he bec Junji Ito never fails to horrify and sicken me with the stories he produces and, most importantly, his grotesque art style.Even though I gave this five stars and loved the majority of this, I didn t fully enjoy every single element of this book I found The Sad Tale of the Principal Post to be a bit too short for my liking yet it did not lack in strangeness.I also felt that Master Umezz and Me didn t fit in with the collection, but it was nice to see the childhood of Junji Ito and how he became interested in becoming a horror manga artist The very first story Billions Alone made me feel physically sick which is what you d expect from the best horror manga artist Regardless of making me nauseous, it was definitely one of my favourites, as well as The Enigma of Amigara Fault , The Human Chair and Keepsake.I cannot wait to own a physical copy of this beautiful yet haunting manga Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an e copy in exchange for a review 3.5 Venus in the Blind Spot is described as a best of collection, featuring the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito s career Standouts from the book are An Unearthly Love unpredictable and tense , How Love Came to Professor Kirida incredibly entertaining and the classic The Enigma of Amigara Fault disturbing as hell However, I found the selection here less compelling than the previous collection Shiver which incidentally is also described as a best of and the compl 3.5 Venus in the Blind Spot is described as a best of collection, featuring the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito s career Standouts from the book are An Unearthly Love unpredictable and tense , How Love Came to Professor Kirida incredibly entertaining and the classic The Enigma of Amigara Fault disturbing as hell However, I found the selection here less compelling than the previous collection Shiver which incidentally is also described as a best of and the complete Tomie.Unfortunately, the format didn t help I m not a book as physical object fetishist at all, but a heavily watermarked PDF is simply not the best way to read such beautifully drawn and atmospheric comics Also, there are completely random full colour pages throughout sometimes the first few pages of a story, sometimes just one page, while the rest are in standard black and white I initially thought the colouring hadn t been finished in time for the review copy to be sent out, but the blurb actually mentions special colour pages , so it may be intentional It seems pointless in a digital version again, I assume the presentation will beimpressive in a physical copy At the beginning of Billions Alone , the bodies of a missing couple are found, with a gruesome twist their corpses have been stitched together with fishing wire In true Junji Ito style, the murders soon escalate, and ever larger groups of bodies are discovered stitched together Meanwhile, Michio, who has not left his home in seven years, is tempted out after being visited by his old crush Natsuko Gatherings are banned, but a mysterious group called Billions Alone seems intent on encouraging people to meet one another The story can be read as an ironic critique of the hikikomori phenomenon, but of course it takes on a rather different meaning in the age of coronavirus The Human Chair , based on a famous story by Edogawa Ranpo, opens with a young writer who rather resembles Tomie, and is not the last female character in the book to do so hearing the story of Yoshiko Togawa, a well known author in the early 20th century Yoshiko receives a peculiar manuscript in which a man claims to have concealed himself inside a chair and fallen in love with the woman who uses it She then grows increasingly paranoid about the chair in her study It s a great combination of creepiness and melodrama An Unearthly Love is also adapted from an Edogawa Ranpo story Kyoko marries the enigmatic Kadono, who was rumoured to be quite moody and a hater of women At first, she finds him to be quite the opposite he is so affectionate that it verges on suffocating Yet of course Kadono has a secret, one that seems to be draining the life from him as well as torturing Kyoko This story builds tension very effectively I really didn t know where it was going which, brilliant as they are, is very often not the case with these manga and the ending is great.In Venus in the Blind Spot , a girl called Mariko disappears into thin air when she gets too close to Iwata or a few of his friends, all of whom are members of a UFO research society One of the men claims to have been abducted by aliens could this strange phenomenon be their work, or is Mariko herself an extraterrestrial This is another story that reminded me of the Tomie series especially Gathering It s drawn in a slightly different style from the others, very clean and stark, and the climax is truly horrifying and haunting The Licking Woman has a similar structure to Billions Alone as well as a similarly weirdly timely message about the dangers of human contact It begins with Tsuyoshi being followed by a woman who licks his face and hand The effects prove damaging, and when the attacks continue, the licking woman is chased down by a mob That s not the end of the story, however The typically odd premise veers between disturbing and silly The ending was too outlandishly gory for me, though I did laugh at the final caption Master Umezz and Me is something completely different an autobiographical story about the young Junji Ito s adoration of horror manga, and particularly his lifelong admiration for the artist Kazuo Umezz It feels a bit out of place in the middle of the book and would perhaps have worked better at the end Due to the ways in which expressions are drawn, it s not without its unnerving moments How Love Came to Professor Kirida is the third and final adaptation in the book, based on a story by Robert Hichens Like The Human Chair , it has a framing device in which a young woman comes across a historical account This concerns the dour, misanthropic Engai Kirida and a priest, Father Murchison, who visits him Given that the original is a Victorian ghost story written by a British author, it s unsurprising that the plot turns out to be a rather traditional tale of haunting, but it s portrayed in bombastic hilarious terrifying style that I m sure has to be a vast improvement on the original The Enigma of Amigara Fault was the first thing I ever read by Junji Ito, and is a classic of horror manga for good reason An earthquake reveals that the side of Amigara Mountain is covered in thousands of holes in the shape of human figures People start to believe that the holes are made for them specifically and they go into them, and don t come back out The whole thing is a claustrophobe s nightmare I think I like thisnow than when I first read it I m used to how inscrutable these manga often are, and the premise hasn t lost its power to shock The Sad Tale of the Principal Post is an odd inclusion to say the least, considering that this collection is billed as a greatest hits There s no point in describing what happens as I d give the whole thing away Its whole reason for existing seems to be that it s a horrifying visual pun on the phrase man of the house.The opening scene of Keepsake depicts a macabre discovery a baby found in a tomb, seemingly born to a dead woman The birth is declared legitimate, but the father, Toyoji, has already remarried and had another child with his former mistress Honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed by this Sure, it s macabre, but it s also a bit messy with all the different elements baby born to corpse, people rising from the dead, very creepy kid, conspiracy to murder For me, it made a weak closing story.I received an advance review copy of Venus in the Blind Spot from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Linktree 4.0 StarsThis was another solid collection from the brilliant and talented horror manga author, Junji Ito Like all his previous work, the artwork was stunning, disturbing and disgusting often at the same time As with any short story collections, there were standouts and forgettable ones.Personal Favourites Billions Alone This was my favourite of the new to me stories in the collection It one felt so timely, warning against the dangers of social gatherings and rewarding those who choose t 4.0 StarsThis was another solid collection from the brilliant and talented horror manga author, Junji Ito Like all his previous work, the artwork was stunning, disturbing and disgusting often at the same time As with any short story collections, there were standouts and forgettable ones.Personal Favourites Billions Alone This was my favourite of the new to me stories in the collection It one felt so timely, warning against the dangers of social gatherings and rewarding those who choose to self isolate.The Enigma of Amigara Fault This was technically a re read because it was in a previous book However, it is one of my all time favourites because it creates such an intense feeling of claustrophobia.The Sad Tale of Principal Post Another re read from a different book Short and depressingly dark.Other Enjoyable Stories An Unearthly Love I am always a sucker for creepy doll stories.The Licking Woman Very gross, so naturally I enjoyed it Keepsake Another disturbing tale I am also a sucker for creepy kid stories.The collection also included a personal piece where Junji Ito explained how he got into horror manga as a child, which was interesting although not particularly relatable as a North American reader since I didn t understand a lot of the books, celebrities tv shows he was talking about.Overall, this was a solid collection with several standout stories This is well worth adding to anyone s collection.Disclaimer I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley I recently read The Shiver Collection and really enjoyed it a lot So the moment I saw the new Junji Ito was on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it early I decided since this is a bunch of short stories I will review them one by one and then give my overall view.Billions Alone So this was such a great way to start off the short story collection It s super eerie It kinda made me think of today s situation in certain ways Obviously it s completely different situations but had some s I recently read The Shiver Collection and really enjoyed it a lot So the moment I saw the new Junji Ito was on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it early I decided since this is a bunch of short stories I will review them one by one and then give my overall view.Billions Alone So this was such a great way to start off the short story collection It s super eerie It kinda made me think of today s situation in certain ways Obviously it s completely different situations but had some similarities like not leaving the house and not going out in groups.Human Chair So I definitely liked this storythan the last one I feel it s because chairs are such a big staple in people s lives so it just adds to the situation I know this couldn t happen but I can see people having nightmares about this I also couldn t help but think of a scene from the Always Sunny Christmas special.An Unearthly Love So this one I didn t feel was as creepy as the other two stories so far I feel this is something you could see on the show my strange addiction except the ending However I did like the lines on the last page of the story This story is by Edogawa Ranpo I just realized that the last story, Human Chair was also by him as well Venus In The Blind Spot Damn this story was super interesting This one had a sci fi feel to it which I ended up really enjoying I have only read one Junji Ito collection but I am curious ifstories involving sci fi appear I would say this one also isn t very creepy but is different from the others.The Licking Woman This story was a bit disturbing Imagine a random person coming up and licking you only to cause a horrible disease that could kill you That is seriously just freaky to think about Especially with how everything is going on today Thankfully this isn t real.Master Umezz and Me Wow so this was Junji Ito talking about Kauzo Umezu I had never heard of him before this I did enjoy that this was a real story drawn out I thought it was very funny and entertaining I am very curious about Kauzo Umezu There was a mention that he made a movie and I m interested in watching that I do hope I can find it in America.How Love Came to Professor Kirida Well wow that was definitely an interesting story It has to do with obsession and has a paranormal aspect to it It s on the creepy but still not as creepy as some of the other stories that are included in this book I do want to check out the story that this is based off of Based on the story How Love Come To Professor Guildea By Robert Hichens The Enigma of Amigara Fault I am actually familiar with this story I ve never read the comic but I think my boyfriend might have watched something reading this or talking about it Boy is this one creepy I just want to know where he comes up with these things He takes something so beautiful, mountains, and makes them extremely terrifying.The Sad Tale of The Principal Post Well that was a super quick story I honestly wasn t excepting it to be so quick but I guess it makes sense rather than have the story drag on I do wish we got to find out how things actually happened but that s not the case I feel like this was a little underwhelming and wanted a bitout of it.Keepsake So I enjoyed this story I felt like it has a very creepy premise I mean just the thought of something like this happening is crazy and I know couldn t happened but still damn Junji Ito always thinking up these wild stories However I just didn t really like any of the characters in the story There was only one real character I ended up liking.Overall I enjoyed this collection I thought it was such an interesting mix of stories There were stories from another writer that he did the art for There also was a story that was based off another author s work He also did a personal story where he was asked to create the manga for a movie another manga artist He even had a sci fi story which I ended up enjoying a lot I just didn t feel as creeped out which I excepting However I still enjoyed the collection and can t wait to check it out when it officially comes out I am excited to get a better look at the artwork in person I would just like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free e arc of this book in exchange for my honest opinion