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What are the best horror manga?

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!

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  1. 1Uzumaki

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    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.

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  1. 2Parasyte

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    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! 

  2. 3Hellsing

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    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.

  1. 4Gyo

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    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.

  2. 5Lament of the Lamb

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    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!

  3. 6Gantz

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    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! 

  4. 7Fragments of Horror

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    Fragments of Horror is a collection of short horror stories by Japan's master of horror, Junji Ito. The manga's unconventionally twisted and weird paranormal events are carefully crafted into a gruesome artwork. If you liked reading Uzumaki, Fragments of Horror might captivate you, too. 

  5. 8Drifters

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    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.

  6. 9Nephilim

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    Nephilim is a manga written by Anna Hanamaki and it follows the story of a race with killing beauty. This shoujo manga was originally serialized from 2004 to 2005.

  7. 10Ajin

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    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?

  8. 11Sankarea: Undying Love

    7

    Sankarea: Undying Love is a romantic comedy and horror manga series originally published in 2010. This graphic novel was written and illustrated by Mitsuru Hattori. It has an animated adaptation consisting 12 episodes and 3 OVAs.

  9. 12Rasetsu

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    Rasetsu no Hana, more popularly known as Rasetsu, is a supernatural mystery manga written and illustrated by Chika Shiomi. It was first serialized in the Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine from 2006 to 2010.
  10. 13Cirque Du Freak

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    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.

  11. 14xxxHOLiC

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    xxxHolic Volume 1 is a supernatural horror manga by CLAMP. It is about a teen boy named Watanuki Kimihiro, who was tricked into the service of Yuuko, a mysterious witch who owns a shop for the paranormal.

  12. 15Naoki Urasawa's Monster

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    Naoki Urusawa's Monster is a thriller manga. Brilliant doctor Kenzo Tenma risks his reputation and promising career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is destined for a terrible fate.

  13. 16Hell Girl

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    Hell Girl is a horror fiction and mystery manga series that was originally published in 2008. This graphic novel was written and illustrated by Miyuki Eto. It has an animated adaptation released in 2005 by Aniplex and Studio Deen. 

  14. 17Nightschool: The Weirn Books

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    Nightschool: The Weirn Books is a paranormal fiction and mystery manga series originally published in 2008. This graphic novel was written and illustrated by artist Svetlana Chmakova. It has four complete volumes.

  15. 18Elfen Lied

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    Elfen Lied is a sci-fi horror manga series that was written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. The story centers around Nyu, a Diclonius, a newly mutated species that escapes from captivity and finds shelter with two university students.

  16. 19Death: At Death's Door

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    Death: At Death's Door is a mystery fiction manga series that was originally published in 2003 by the Vertigo. This graphic novel was written and illustrated by Jill Thompson adapting a manga-style drawing.

  17. 20Ghost Hunt

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    Ghost Hunt Volume 1 is the first volume of the romance Japanese horror manga authored by Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono. It is about a group of students trying to lure out ghosts in the old buildings of their high school.

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    Anonymous
    March 8, 2018
    "Horror is, of course, a profoundly subjective genre that may involve wide variations in tastes and preferences between individuals, or even within the same individual over time. While Fragment of Horror appears to be a well-written, well-conceived horror manga with good artwork, it is impossible to authoritatively call anything the “best” horror manga, let alone to do so without being widely read within the sub genre. The visual style is aesthetically pleasing and distinct, but may not be better for any given reader than, say, the more cell-shaded/“cartoony” art style found in many manga and anime, or a more “photographic” style."
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    Fragments of Horror
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    Anonymous
    April 22, 2018
    "This isn't a bad book for the price. The warrior type books have always been fascinating to me. It was a little too violent for me in the long run but it was enjoyable for the most part. It kept me engaged throughout and I enjoyed the plot. The story was quite interesting and I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the book. I love anime so this was a good buy for me."
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    Drifters
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    Anonymous
    April 13, 2018
    "A family shares a terrible curse -they have a hunger that only blood can satisfy. This is not your ordinary family, they have a very dark secret - they love the taste of blood. Kazuna, the main character is in l high but he's not sure what to do when he graduates. One day he has a strange reaction to blood and the story takes off from there."
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    Lament of the Lamb
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    Anonymous
    April 14, 2018
    "I have always loved mangas, they are entertaining in every way. Last time one of the mangas I was watching finished I decided I wanted to see something different and I tried this one for a change and it has not let me down. It is scary but meant for more mature adults, it does not meant for the high school kind of audience. It was amazing!"
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    Rasetsu
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2019
    "This manga series is sort of a combination of horror and the supernatural. It has an interesting and dark story that is cleverly presented with some humor mixed in. It's quite different from the horror manga that I have read so far and is worth checking out."
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    xxxHOLiC
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2019
    "This horror manga was a bit of a surprise as the story did not appeal to me that much as first but I a gave it a shot anyway. There are plenty of disturbing images, violence, and gore here as well as horror, of course. Give this one a try."
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    Uzumaki
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2019
    "This horror series delves into the dark side of the human psyche with a supernatural twist. The art is great, the story, while interesting, won't be for anyone. I say give it a few chapters before making your decision."
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    Hell Girl
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    Anonymous
    April 13, 2018
    "I'm normally not into romantic manga, but this is a zombie romance, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because it's got horror, humor, romance and drama and I'm totally wrapped up in the story."
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    Sankarea: Undying Love
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2019
    "This horror manga needs no introduction. If Devil May Cry became a manga, this would be it. There is a lot of blood and violence in the action scenes here as well as some disturbing images to go with it."
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    Hellsing
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2019
    "Its art style is rather simplistic but it is done really well. The story deals more with the sentient and extraterrestrial but there are plenty of violent and horrific scenes for those looking for that."
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    Parasyte
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2019
    "It's one of the few horror mangas that have I read recently that have an actual reason for all the gore and violence that it portrays. The style and quality of art are also very good."
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    Elfen Lied
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    Anonymous
    March 20, 2018
    "I borrowed this manga thriller from a friend. I was hooked right from the first page. Fantasy, but an awesome and detailed look into hospitals, doctors, and intrigue. This one rocks!"
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    Naoki Urasawa's Monster
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2019
    "I don't have much experience with horror manga but this new one was really great. The artwork is amazing and the story is solid and I can't wait to read more about this series."
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    Ajin
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2019
    "It's one of the best sci-fi horror manga that I would recommend to anyone. It's quite dark, brutal and perverse but it's to be expected with this genre of manga anyways."
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    Gantz
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    Anonymous
    April 12, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of horror manga, and was recommended Ghost Hunt Volume 1. It's got a wonderful story and really fits the genre perfectly, so I'd recommend it to anyone."
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    Ghost Hunt
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    Anonymous
    March 14, 2018
    "I think this solution is solid as it does fit the topic of what I am looking for. I would give this a chance as it fits the category I want so overall pretty good."
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    Cirque Du Freak
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2019
    "It's one of the best horror manga around but it won't be for everyone. If you're unfamiliar with Junji Ito's work, this will be a big shock to you."
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    Gyo
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    Anonymous
    April 18, 2018
    "A Fascinating story to read!! Loved it!!!"
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    Nightschool: The Weirn Books
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    Anonymous
    March 13, 2018
    "Very interesting comic novel"
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    Nephilim
This list is about What are the best horror manga
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1UzumakiBooks 24 Paid
2ParasyteBooks 18 Paid
3HellsingBooks 12 Paid
4GyoBooks 10 Paid
5Lament of the LambBooks 9 Paid
6GantzBooks 9 Paid
7Fragments of HorrorBooks 9 Paid
8DriftersBooks 9 Paid
9NephilimBooks 7 Paid
10AjinBooks 7 Paid
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