The Enigma of Amigara Fault

I recently discovered this free-to-read graphic novel.  It is quietly horrifying, and in my view, Lovecraftian.  The story is about people who are strangely drawn to a mountain, and I really shouldn’t say more than that.  But I feel that any Lovecraftian will enjoy it.

The Enigma of Amigara Fault is by Japanese horror manga artist Junji Ito, and I am definitely going to have to find more of his work.

You can read here: The Enigma of Amigara Fault.  It’s meant to be read top to bottom, right to left, instead of the usual left to right.

13 responses to “The Enigma of Amigara Fault

  1. Junji Ito is a master of horror. He is unique in his storytelling and his art goes from pastoral to disturbing with the flip of a coin. He is unparalleled. I cannot recommend him enough, from his spiraling horror series “Uzumaki”, horrors rising from the sea in the briny series “GYO” to the creepy girl that wouldn’t die series “Tomie” and more. Junji Ito is heavily influence by Lovecraft, as is evident in his work but he’s also openly stated so.
    Here is one comic I’ve recently come across that has really stuck with me.
    http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2010/12/junji-ito-thing-that-drifted-ashore.html

  2. Brilliant. Thanks for this share. I’ve been wondering if the concept of my own short story was on track, this helps.

  3. That’s Mike, always on the lookout for things Lovecraftian. We as his readership owe him for the sheer effort he puts into the ezine and website. Might I suggest making a donation? Mike himself has suggested that even two dollars a month would make a difference. Think of it: Who can’t swing $2 per month?!

  4. While I’m still on my high horse, I’d like to make mention of a YouTube channel that would be of interest to any earnest Lovecraftian. It is maintained by none other than Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, one of the leading lights in Lovecraftian literature today. Here is the URL:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/MrWilum

    You will find Mr Wilum’s vlogs both entertaining and informative. The man is a dedicated writer, and I for one believe he provides valuable insight into the mind of a man of letters, which Mr Wilum surely is. So check out his YouTube channel; I think you will be pleased.

    My apologies to Mr Wilum if he finds the attention disturbing, it’s just that he’s so damn good!

  5. Very interesting story! Thanks for the link. It put me in mind of the film Picnic at Hanging Rock, which, now that I think of it, is a bit Lovecraftian.

    Although I don’t really see any Lovecraftian echoes in Tomie; in fact I’m donating my copy to the local library as it doesn’t make the cut for me.

  6. I love Junji Ito’s work. Please please please read his manga series ‘Uzumaki’ I feel it is his masterwork and worthy of any Lovecraftian novel out there…

    • I agree. I checked it out from my local library and I was hooked. Very creepy story and the best graphic horror story I have ever read.

  7. Not being a regular Manga reader it took a couple pages before I realized I was supposed to be reading Japanese style right to left instead of left to right. Pretty great story.

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