Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Museum of Terror by Junji Ito

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museum of terrorTomie is a beautiful girl whose life has touched countless men across Japan. Old or young, rich or poor, each man has a memory of loving the nubile, young Tomie. They also all have memories of horrifically murdering her. As it turns out, Tomie is not your average school girl; each time she takes a suitor, he kills her, and she returns to ruin his life and the lives of those around him. Tomie is just one of many evil forces that haunt the Museum of Terror.

The first two volumes are entirely made up of the Tomie stories, most of which stand alone. Each one tells a different story about the lives Tomie ruins, or what kind of creature Tomie is. The third and final volume consists of a series of short stories and vignettes.

The primary draw of this collection is the art. Ito is amazing at creating suspense and shock. The way the pages are laid out leaves the reader dreading what is on the next page.

These are incredibly gory stories: imagine a great deal of slimy, bloody monsters covered in guts. But not all the terror stems from body horror. Each story in the collection is rooted in some sort of human fear, which makes this graphic novel collection a very scary ride.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Museum of Terror.

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