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Junji Ito the Stephen King of Manga

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In recent years the horror genre has seen a renaissance, from new films like Smile and Nope to television shows like Strangers Things and Chucky. Literature and comics are no different, with one artist in the manga world getting some attention Junji Ito. I consider him very similar or another famous horror author Stephen King. Both men constantly tell horror stories, and both have mastered the page-turner. The "I really don't want to turn the page but I have to know what happens." The only difference is one uses pictures to help tell his story. Ito constantly makes ordinary circumstances into a pure nightmare, much like King. Check out Ito's works like Uzumaki, Fragments of Horror, or Smashed, and you will see what I'm talking about. It's downright terrifying. What I'm trying to say is this. If you like Stephen King and want to try a different medium, consider visiting the Manga section of your favorite bookstore. Then, give Junji Ito a read; you will be glad or terrified if you do.

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