“Unearthed Horrors: 10 Must-Read Horror Manga Beyond Junji Ito”

In the world of manga, Junji Ito’s name is synonymous with horror, and rightfully so. His chilling and grotesque stories have earned him a well-deserved place in the pantheon of horror manga creators. However, the world of horror manga is not limited to Ito’s works. There are numerous talented creators who have crafted spine-tingling tales of terror. Today, we bring you a list of the “10 Best Horror Manga NOT by Junji Ito.”

  1. “Uzumaki” by Junji Ito: Yes, we know, we said “not by Junji Ito,” but we couldn’t resist mentioning “Uzumaki.” It’s an undeniable masterpiece of cosmic horror.

Now, let’s dive into the list:

1. “I Am a Hero” by Kengo Hanazawa

  • This manga follows the story of Hideo Suzuki, a struggling manga artist who finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. What sets it apart is its deep character development and psychological horror elements.

2. “Fuan no Tane” by Nakayama Masaaki

  • If you’re a fan of short, eerie vignettes, this is the perfect choice. “Fuan no Tane” explores everyday situations tainted by supernatural occurrences, leaving readers with an unsettling feeling long after they finish reading.

3. “Gyo” by Junji Ito

  • Another Ito classic, “Gyo,” tells a bizarre and horrifying tale involving walking fish with mechanical legs. It’s a unique and grotesque experience that’s not to be missed.

4. “Dorohedoro” by Q Hayashida

  • Mixing horror with elements of dark fantasy, “Dorohedoro” takes place in a city inhabited by sorcerers and mutated creatures. The story follows Caiman, a man with a reptilian head, on his quest to discover his past.

5. “Homunculus” by Hideo Yamamoto

  • “Homunculus” explores the dark side of the human psyche as it delves into the lives of individuals who undergo bizarre and often gruesome transformations. It’s a disturbing journey into the unknown.

6. “The Drifting Classroom” by Kazuo Umezz

  • An oldie but a goodie, “The Drifting Classroom” tells the story of an elementary school transported to a desolate wasteland. The students must band together to survive in this nightmarish world.

7. “Mail” by Housui Yamazaki

  • In “Mail,” a cursed chain letter becomes the catalyst for a series of horrifying events. Each recipient faces their own unique nightmare in this interconnected anthology of terror.

8. “Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service” by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki

  • Mixing horror and dark humor, this manga follows a group of university students who provide funeral services for the dead. Each case they handle brings them face to face with supernatural phenomena.

9. “Higanjima” by Koji Matsumoto

  • This manga explores the horror of vampires on a remote island. When Akira’s brother mysteriously disappears, he embarks on a journey to Higanjima, only to discover a world ruled by bloodthirsty vampires.

10. “Dragon Head” by Minetaro Mochizuki – After surviving a train accident in a dark tunnel, Teru Aoki and two fellow survivors must confront not only the physical horrors around them but also their inner demons. “Dragon Head” is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

These manga titles, while not created by Junji Ito, offer a diverse range of horror experiences that are sure to keep you up at night. Whether you’re into zombies, psychological horror, or supernatural mysteries, there’s something here for every horror manga enthusiast. Prepare to be terrified, thrilled, and captivated by these chilling tales.

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