Viz Media has acquired the rights to Fragments of Horror, the collection that marks horror master Junji Ito's return to the genre after eight years.
The creator of such macabre manga as Tomie, Uzumaki and Gyo, Ito debuted Fragments of Horror last year in the inaugural issue of the relaunched Nemuki magazine. The collection was released in July in Japan.
Arriving next summer as part of the Viz Signature imprint, Fragments of Horror features tales "ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome": "An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest."
“A long-anticipated new offering of bizarre and disturbing short stories from the unique mind of Junji Ito awaits readers next summer,” Leyla Aker, Viz's senior vice president of publishing, said in a statement. “Ito adeptly creates scenarios that are at once surreal, unsettling, and often terrifying, and Fragments of Horror is sure to become a must-read for true horror aficionados and manga fans familiar with his prior works like Gyo and Uzumaki."