What are the best horror manga?

Shounen and shoujo are probably the most popular genre in manga today. There are many other great genres to explore and discover. One such genre is the horror genre and here are some of the best horror manga to get you started.

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    #1Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror (Vol. 1)

    Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror (Vol. 1)

    Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror Volume 1 is a horror manga authored and illustrated by Junji Ito and edited by Annette Roman. It tells the story of a spiral shape called uzumaki haunting the townspeople of Kurozu-cho.

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    Christina Weaver
    Written on 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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    #2Ghost Hunt (Vol. 1)

    Ghost Hunt (Vol. 1)

    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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    Brandon Powell
    Written on 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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    #3Drifters (Vol. 1)

    Drifters (Vol. 1)

    Drifters Volume 1 is an action and thriller manga with elements of horror that was written and illustrated by Kohta Hirano. It is about souls of historical warriors fighting an endless battle.

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    Janet Adams
    Written on 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. "

DID YOU KNOW?

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 made chobu giga or animal scroll paintings depicting Buddhist priesthood. He would draw priests as mischievous animals doing silly activities. The way that people read manga from right to left stems from the way you unrolled scrolls in the same way. From then on, various forms of art and sketch appeared that influenced manga. From the playful, erotic to the supernatural, and even the political side of society. There was not anything that art did not cover or emphasized on.

Western culture made its way into the country and mixed with Japanese ideology. Manga artists began creating works drawing inspiration from both. Some of today's best manga has a little bit of everything in them. From the popular shounen and seinen genres to the limited but still great shoujo manga. There is something that will appeal to any kind of taste and preference. Another often neglected genre in the manga is horror. Japanese horror manga has a very unique take to them that's not quite like anything else. The genre has been producing great titles such as Hellsing, Hell Girl, and Parasyte.

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    #4Hellsing (Vol. 1)

    Hellsing (Vol. 1)

    Hellsing is a horror manga by Kohta Hirano. It is translated by Duane Johnson and Wilbert Lacuna. It is about an organization tasked to defend England's queen against vampires, witches, and other dark forces.

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    Eric Nguyen
    Written on 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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    #5xxxHOLiC (Vol. 1)

    xxxHOLiC (Vol. 1)

    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.

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    Caroline Lin
    Written on 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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    #6Fragment of Horror

    Fragment of Horror

    Fragment of Horror is a horror manga written and illustrated by horror mangaka Junji Ito, who also created the Uzumaki: Spiral of Horror series. It was serialized between April 2013 and February 2014 as 7 separate short stories.

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    Lawrence Price
    Written on 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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    #7Parasyte (Vol. 1)

    Parasyte (Vol. 1)

    Parasyte (Vol. 1)  is a horror manga written and illustrated by Iwaaki Hitoshi. It is about the high school boy Shin, who found out that a race of parasites has taken over a large number of people in his town.

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    Jim Gao
    Written on 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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    #8Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)

    Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)

    Cirque Du Freak is the first volume of the horror and action manga written by Darren Shan and illustrated by Takahiro Arai. It is about a normal kid named Darren Shan, who was thrown into a world of supernatural beings.

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    Anna Carr
    Written on 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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    #9Naoki Urasawa's Monster (Vol. 1)

    Naoki Urasawa's Monster (Vol. 1)

    Naoki Urusawa's Monster (Vol. 1) is a manga thriller. 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.

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    Abhinav Trivedi
    Written on 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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    #10Nephilim (Vol. 1)

    Nephilim (Vol. 1)
    Nephilim - a unique race that turns male by day and female by night. Labeled as "Gods of Death" it is said that whoever glances upon their bewitching night beauty will meet with certain death.
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    Arjun Kapoor
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Very interesting comic novel "
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    #11Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)

    Rasetsu (Rasetsu Issues Series)
    Yako Hoshino, a young man with spiritual powers, comes to the agency seeking help. He's seen a lot of strange phenomena in his day, but the last thing he expects to see is Rasetsu bearing a striking resemblance to his old love Yurara.
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    Debra Vasquez
    Written on 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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    #12Lament of the Lamb (Vol. 1)

    Lament of the Lamb (Vol. 1)

    Lament of the Lamb is a horror fiction manga series originally published in 1996. This manga was written and illustrated by artist Kei Toume. It has an animated adaptation released in 2003 b the Madhouse Studios.

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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on 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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    #13Hell Girl (Vol. 1)

    Hell Girl (Vol. 1)

    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. 

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    Olivia Ortega
    Written on 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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    #14Nightschool: The Weirn Books (Vol. 1)

    Nightschool: The Weirn Books (Vol. 1)

    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 a complete four volumes.

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    Joshua Contreras
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A Fascinating story to read!! Loved it!!!"
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    #15Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)

    Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)

    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.

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    #16Sankarea: Undying Love (Vol. 1)

    Sankarea: Undying Love (Vol. 1)

    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.

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    Philip Wells
    Written on 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. "

Summary

Best What are the best horror manga
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror (Vol. 1)Books 40 Paid
2Ghost Hunt (Vol. 1)Books 33 Paid
3Drifters (Vol. 1)Books 30 Paid
4Hellsing (Vol. 1)Books 28 Paid
5xxxHOLiC (Vol. 1)Books 27 Paid
6Fragment of HorrorBooks 25 Paid
7Parasyte (Vol. 1)Books 21 Paid
8Cirque Du Freak (Vol. 1)Books 20 Paid
9Naoki Urasawa's Monster (Vol. 1)Books 11 Paid
10Nephilim (Vol. 1)Books 2 Paid
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