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A collection of some of Junji Ito’s many horror short stories, each individual chapter within this volume represents a different individual manga. With themes ranging from eating disorders to heartbreak, guilt to outright ghost stories, each has a unique and creepy twist.
Bloodsucking darkness (one of the earlier stories within the book) focuses on a heartbroken young woman who develops an eating disorder after a bad breakup. With an initially
The ghost of prime time has an air of modern-day creepypasta about it, whilst Roar and The mystery of the haunted house both feel like urban legends; wonderfully creepy and with an underlying air of familiarity, but not entirely memorable in the way of some of Ito’s other works.
As with many of Ito’s works, these aren’t all short stories with satisfying conclusions – yet many will leave you feeling intrigued, curious, unsettled, and inspired. One of the great things about Ito’s works is you’re never guaranteed a specific type of ending – good won’t always triumph, evil won’t always be explained, sometimes weird things just happen – supernatural or natural or somewhere in-between. You’re never 100%
Some reoccurring characters from Ito’s short
One of the biggest disappointments comes from a single story within the collection (I won’t name it here, lest I ruin it for readers) but there is a ‘and it was all a dream’ ending for one of these stories. It feels cheap and poorly executed, not at all fitting alongside the other works within this volume or from Ito’s past work. A few others, Death row doorbell
That being said, one of the most thought-provoking stories from Ito lies within this volume; Earthbound. Haunting and intriguing, it’s tough to put into words without giving too much away, but I would highly recommend reading Smashed for this story alone.
Not the strongest collection of Ito’s works, Smashed is still well worthwhile for die-hard horror readers, as well as fans of Ito’s work.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to comment on the illustrations themselves, as well as the book as a whole, as the DRC copy provided was extremely low-quality and missing one and a half of the stories (including the titular story, Smashed).
Smashed: Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection #11 by Junji Ito
Available in hardback