A good scare takes many forms and one of its underrated versions in some parts of the world is through visual content like manga. To get you started on reading the scariest horror manga, we took the liberty to curate this list. We also provided options where you can purchase any title that could appeal to you. Do a spooky reading marathon this weekend!
What makes this Junji Ito manga one of the best is its unique storyline and grotesque visuals. Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror is a classic tale of a cursed town where spiral patterns are hidden deep within the small countryside and it infested even the inhabitants. It is up to a young couple, Shuichi Saito and Kirie Goshima, to break the curse or escape.
I don't know if this won't freak you out but imagine waking up and feeling different. Is it because of the weather? Or last night's dinner? No. That's not it. Suddenly, you feel your head expanding, literally. It's opening up like a flower but instead of petals, your skins' taking the shape of tentacles with gross and sharp teeth. Inside, it's just a hollow skull. If that's what your nightmares are made of, then Parasyte is a must-read horror manga for you. Its strong premise and consistent storytelling will keep you on the edge of your seat. Good luck sleeping tonight!
Combine extremely gorgeous (and dangerous!) vampires, a hot butler, and a horde of the undead - voila! You'll get the storyline of Hellsing. Aside from its set of characters and the plot, this horror manga's superb artwork is enough reason for you to try it out. Also, it only has ten volumes so if you're just looking for a short title to read over the weekend, take a look at Hellsing now.
If you liked Jaws (Yes, the movie about man-eating sharks!), then Gyo should be on your reading list. This horror manga centers on a story of a couple, Tadashi and Kaori, enjoying a vacation off the coast of Japan. Their supposedly romantic getaway turned to a horrifying nightmare when a group of legged marine life emitting deadly smell invaded the Land of the Rising Sun.
Lament of the Lamb is another good read for vampire aficionados! It tells the story of two siblings, Kazuna Takashiro and Chizuna, bearing the cursed blood that turns them into vampires. Compared with the other horror manga on this list, there is not much violence and gory scenes to look out for. If that sounds appealing to you, grab a copy of Lament of the Lamb now!
Saving another person's life can sometimes cost you your own. And that's what has happened to Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato in Gantz. The two high school students saved a man's life from a subway train that unfortunately killed them. That sounds like a spoiler but it's not. It's actually just a part of something big so if you want to uncover what's more behind this horror manga, try reading the first few chapters of Gantz now. Save your thanks for us in the comments section below!
Drifters' dark premise makes this one of the best horror manga that you should read. It is not your conventional stories after dark. No, there are no ghosts or vampires here. But, it does have a group of strong warriors who are up against an evil organization called 'Ends'. The 'Ends' want to obliterate all forms of life in the afterworld and to conquer all the lands. It is up to the 'Drifters' to fight for their survival.
In this story, you can become immortal. But, there's a hitch. You have to die first. That is the exact premise of Ajin: Demi-Human, a world where humans and 'Ajin', beings who have extreme regenerative powers, co-exists. One would think that being immortal is cool but are you willing to risk the chance of dying to live?
The true horror of Cirque du Freak is when a little boy lost his chance to live a normal life with his family and friends because of his own doing. Darren Shan was turned into a vampire in exchange for asking a vampire to save his best friend's life. Eventually, his best friend found the truth and he felt betrayed with what happened so he vowed to kill Darren. It was supposed to be an act of real friendship but the deed turned the tables around. Know the ending of this horror manga now by getting your own copy below.
The origins of Japanese comics or manga goes all the way back to the 11th century? Toba Sojo was an 11th-century priest and painter known for his whimsical sense of humor. He would draw priests as mischievous animals doing silly activities. Who knew that his goofy antics will give birth to a whole new level of an art form?
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