Book Review: Venus in the Blind Spot
“I wonder when it started. When did Mariko Shono start disappearing from view?”
I’m a HUGE Junji Ito fan, so I was pretty stoked when I got approved to review his new book on @netgalley! 𝕍𝕖𝕟𝕦𝕤 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝔹𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕕 𝕊𝕡𝕠𝕥 is a “best of” collection of creepy tales, presenting the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, and featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror
I’m definitely an auto-read with everything Junji Ito. His ability to craft uniquely imaginative tales mixed with shocking imagery is unparalleled, and this particular collection is no different. Literally every single story has a concept or a series of images that are burned into my brain (in a good way) and I’ll never forget
What if someone started capturing groups of people and sewing their bodies together (hence my pic)? What if a woman every young man lusted after started disappearing from view? What if there was a person living inside your favorite chair? What if human-shaped holes suddenly appeared in the mountain, and you could go inside of them? All these horrifying questions and more are answered inside!
Thank you to @netgalley for sending an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! This collection will be released on August 18, 2020 through @vizmedia