Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection [comic]

Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection [comic]

I LOVE SO MUCH THAT MOST HORROR WRITING IS IN A FORMULA, OF TAKING A COMMON FEAR AND SPINNING IT OUT TO A MONSTER EMBODYING IT. BUT JUNJI ITO IS NEVER THAT. IT'S ALWAYS SUPER NONSENSE THAT IS SUPER SILLY PLAYED WITH GREAT ART THAT MASHES INTO SOME KIND OF DEGENERATE DREAM NIGHTMARE LOGIC TILL IT'S JUST SO WEIRD IT JUST STICKS WITH YOU.  LIKE SOMETIMES YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A NORMAL PLAY ON A FEAR, LIKE A STORY ABOUT PICKING UP A GHOST ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD OR LIKE HAVING A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD THAT CONSUMES YOU TILL YOU DIE, BUT NOPE, NEVER, IT ALWAYS MUTATES INTO BODY HORROR ABOUT SCIENCE VIBRATING YOUR BRAIN OR A WOMAN THAT EATS GHOSTS. LIKE THE MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD STORY WAS "WHAT IF A DEMON BOY WHO HAD NAILS IN HIS TEETH MADE YOUR CAT BE CRAZY".

PS. I READ THE BAT ONE BEFORE BED AND THEN HAD AN ACTUAL NIGHTMARE ABOUT THE BAT CIRCULATORY SYSTEM THING. IT'S SUCH A WEIRD NONSENSE CONCEPT AND IT BARELY FACTORED INTO THE STORY BUT JUST BEING SO WEIRD AND OUT OF PLACE MADE IT STICK WITH ME I GUESS.

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