Spiral Into Horror

Book - 2013 | Deluxe edition
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Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : 2013. VIZ Media,
2010. ,
Edition: Deluxe edition
ISBN: 9781421561325
Branch Call Number: YF ITO
Alternative Title: Spiral into horror


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Oct 18, 2018

Junji Ito is one of those authors I keep coming back to even though their manga makes me super uncomfortable. No one has creepy horror down like Ito. A good read for anyone who likes grotesque and creepy horror.

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 01, 2018

What a fascinating creepy story. I very much enjoyed how the story spiraled into madness. Very fun.

Aug 07, 2017

The art, story, and the limitation of spirals that ito uses makes this one of my favorite comics. Truly the work of a pro!

Mar 24, 2017

This is a hard one to rate. I do highly recommend checking it out - conceptually this book is great, visually I absolutely loved the art, and I felt a haunting and unnerving atmosphere while reading which few books manage to pull off. The ending was perfect. The only problem is a recurring, disappointingly simplistic character dynamic between the main character and her boyfriend. He wants to leave, she wants to stay, and they just play off each other in the most predictable way again and again. It got to be really nagging after a while, and took me out of the story a bit. Despite that, it's some of the best horror (graphic novel or otherwise) I have ever read.

Dec 23, 2015

Grotesque and very interesting. I don't read a lot of manga, but Uzumaki was engrossing.

Laura_X Oct 24, 2014

Junji Ito's Uzumaki is a beautifully drawn manga featuring a twisted and disturbing story. Ito, a master of classic Japanese horror is someone you definitely don't want to miss!

Uzumaki is a story of a town spiraling out of control. The haunting and hypnotic shape of the uzumaki (spiral) swirls madness in everything from staircases to snail shells in the cursed coast town of Kurozu-cho.

Uzumaki begins episodically with seemingly disconnected stories but by the end it pulls these stories together into a mystifying ending. I'm definitely a fan of this work, and so excited about this omnibus release.

[warning: you may find some scenes disturbing]

KateHillier Jun 06, 2014

This manga is ridiculous. And disturbing. And weird. And make you not want to look at a spiral ever again. "Spiral into Horror" is perhaps putting it a bit lightly. Kurozu-cho is a small Japanese town with one bizarre curse: spirals. It starts with one person becoming fascinated with them for no reason and then the madness spreads through the town. Madness, shape shifting, monsters, anything goes in this town but no one seems to think to leave - and the one person that does sort of ends up always being here despite loudly advocating that they need to leave.

The characters are secondary to the events in this manga and the events are worth it if you're a fan of the horrific and the grotesque - warning, not for the faint of heart. There are some panels that are still haunting me and probably will continue to do so for a good long while. Fantastic work all around.


The illustrations in the book is so disturbingly creepy. This book was awesome . If you're a horror fan like I am, go check this book out.

amberflame Feb 27, 2012

CREEEEEEEEEEPYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perfect way to end the series. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 23, 2011

A very short and rushed series, it could have been better if the series was more lengthy. The characters seem to have little to no diversity is personalities. A good horror read, other then that I do not suggest this series.

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Jun 17, 2018

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