A new collection of delightfully macabre tales from a master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.
Ma no Kakera (魔の断片, also titled Shard of Evil or Fragments of Horror), is a series of short stories by Junji Ito.
It began serialization in the first issue of the revived Nemuki+ (ネムキプラス) magazine on April 13, 2013. It was subsequently published as a collection in Japan in June 2014, with the final story, “Whispering Woman”, having been previously published in Shinkan (シンカン) rather than Nemuki+. In December 2014, it was licensed by VIZ Media to be released in English in June 2015, under the “Fragments of Horror” title.
Haunted Wood Mansion
Tomio: Red Turtleneck
Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito. Art by Junji Ito. Published by Viz Media LLC, 2015. Hardcover edition, 223 pages. Originally published in 2014.
*Trigger warning: some animal cruelty.
I love Junji’s work. His stories are insane and creative, the art is astonishing! Fragments of Horror has been on my TBR list since it came out. When I saw the library had a copy, I quickly snatched it up!
Fragments is a pretty short selection of a handful of stories by Ito. 8 stories in total. A few have connections between the stories with the same characters. Most are stand alone short stories.
This collection of stories has all the best horror feels- EW! OMFG! WTF! WHAT THE WHAT??? and so on. And of course, this collection also has amazing artwork. I mean, DUH, it’s Ito!
Fragments of Horror is creepy and entertaining. I didn’t think it was as good as his full novels / series, but this is still an excellent collection of stories to read. It’s fast and has beautiful art. Can’t go wrong with that, right?