Betwixt: A Horror Manga Anthology

Viz. Oct. 2023. 200p. Tr $25.00. ISBN 9781974741458.
Gr 10 Up–A horror anthology featuring six tales that focus on what could exist “in between.” In one story, a drowning man is captured by a kappa-possessed girl who devours souls to gain power, but his compassion toward her helps reveal her murderer. In another, a cursed mirror brings forth a sinister double who believes she can best live Kath’s life for her. None of these stories can go too deep, but they do entice readers to question what could be lurking just beyond their perception. While the cover may draw in readers that devour Junji Ito’s work, they may be dismayed to find that he only contributed to the cover and a foreword. Uniquely, this book contains works in the traditional manga format by Japanese authors, read right to left. Then, from what is typically the back cover, there are the stories from American authors that meet in the middle. Different artistic styles are presented, both visually and in the author’s voice, so stories may appeal to different readers. Horror enthusiasts should find something to enjoy. There is violence in some stories and very brief nonsexual nudity.
VERDICT Recommended, especially for those that wish to grow the horror section in their manga and graphic novel collections.

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