Spiral Into Horror

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!
Publisher: San Francisco, California : Viz Media, [2013]
Edition: Deluxe edition.
ISBN: 9781421561325
Branch Call Number: YA GN MANGA UZUMAKI
Characteristics: [653] pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Oniki, Yuji - Translator


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Apr 06, 2020

There truly is something oddly memorizing about Uzumaki. The illustrations are some of the most horrifying and unnerving images I have seen in a manga. And yet, I couldn't look away. They drew me in more and more (maybe it was the power of the spiral). Junji Ito is a master of horror and it shows in this book. I don't even normally like horror stories and now I'm trying to watch/read all of his works.

I highly recommend Uzumaki to anyone,even if they don't like manga. This is a book that I truly think any horror fan can enjoy.

Mar 26, 2020

I love Junji Ito and everything about him. He is so weird, creative, and funny. When I was a kid, I'd be scared to read any of his stories because some of his drawings were so morbid. Even now as an adult, I still get a little queasy looking at some of the stuff he's drawn. Uzumaki is all about spirals and that's the entire theme about it. Junji Ito is able to take something so simple, something we don't really put much thought to, and make it eery. Uzumaki is one of my favorites, I recommend everyone to read it.

CMLibrary_CBlevins Feb 09, 2020

Incredibly surreal and creepy. In addition to a deliciously evil story, the complimentary macabre illustrations serve the overall uneasiness to the reading experience. At the time of this writing, the library only had volumes 1 & 2, the third (and final) volume was not available.

Jan 10, 2020

One of Ito's best!

OPL_DavidD Aug 14, 2019

A creepy book about obsession and when communities turn on each other and the circular way these two things feed into themselves. A series of escalating disturbing events are illustrated with some darkly imaginative body horror.

VaughanPLLonnie Feb 22, 2019

This YA graphic novel sees its young woman protagonist living in a town that has been infected by the spiral! Things, dare I say, spiral out of hand, as the town becomes enraptured in the demonic. The teens, however, have the clairvoyance to critique the spell the spiral has cast on the town. The spiral is found in nature. The spiral is found in your possessions. The spiral is found in you. Spiraling spiraling spiraling. Forever spiraling into oblivion. Bodies corkscrew together for the love of the spiral. Spiraling inside them with anticipation, the patients in the maternity wing go on the hunt for their baby bumps. Adults consume and subsume for the spiral’s will. Capitalism’s cosmic forces mesmerize those who stare at the spiral’s hypnotic comforting center. The townsfolk become a living wreathe wrapped around the town. The spiral consumes you as you’ve consumed nature. Spiraling spiraling spiraling. Forever spiraling into oblivion. The most macabre literature I’ve ever read.

Oct 18, 2018

Junji Ito is one of those authors I keep coming back to even though their manga makes me super uncomfortable. No one has creepy horror down like Ito. A good read for anyone who likes grotesque and creepy horror.

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 01, 2018

What a fascinating creepy story. I very much enjoyed how the story spiraled into madness. Very fun.

Mar 24, 2017

This is a hard one to rate. I do highly recommend checking it out - conceptually this book is great, visually I absolutely loved the art, and I felt a haunting and unnerving atmosphere while reading which few books manage to pull off. The ending was perfect. The only problem is a recurring, disappointingly simplistic character dynamic between the main character and her boyfriend. He wants to leave, she wants to stay, and they just play off each other in the most predictable way again and again. It got to be really nagging after a while, and took me out of the story a bit. Despite that, it's some of the best horror (graphic novel or otherwise) I have ever read.

Dec 23, 2015

Grotesque and very interesting. I don't read a lot of manga, but Uzumaki was engrossing.

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