Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror

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Uzumaki

by Ito, Junji/ Oniki, Yuji (TRN)/ Daigle-leach, Susan (ILT)/ Thompson, Jason (EDT)/ Washington, Masumi (EDT)
Like Falling Asleep to Lovecraft

Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" is a horrifying jaunt down the drainpipe of the body-horror genre, so fans of Katsuhiro Otomo and David Cronenberg take notice. The plot follows a small seaside town that has been cursed with the "spiral," a force of unknown origin that twists every aspect of the residents' lives into unrecognizable horrors. The primary characters, Kirie and her worrisome boyfriend Shuichi, attempt to ignore the progressively stranger occurrences until the power of the spiral becomes unavoidable in the form of slug-people, tornado gangs, and sentient human-hair monsters among other odd mutations. Mysteriously unable to leave the town, the situation devolves as Kirie and Shuichi struggle to survive the chaos, resulting in a consistently tense narrative pacing. The unnerving visuals that are a staple of the body-horror genre highlight the growing sense of dread that keeps the reader alongside Kirie, desperately grasping for any way out. Somehow, Ito manages to turn the grotesque into something beautiful with an innovative use of the spiral pattern and dedication to its theme in both the narrative and the visual aesthetic. Over the course of the story the spiral begins to elicit a Pavlovian response of unease in the reader, and as the world of Uzumaki descends into the whirlpool we cannot help but wonder what lies at the bottom.

 
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Collects the complete story of Shuichi Saito, who believes that his town is haunted by the uzumaki, a spiral, hypnotic secret shape of the world that manifests itself in various ways and causes madness among the inhabitants.



  • Condition: New
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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    • Very Good (VG): Shows signs of wear. May have minor defects: clipped or chipped dust jacket; owner’s inscription; remainder mark; minor foxing or bumping. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB.com
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viz
  • ISBN-13: 9781421561325
  • ISBN: 1421561328
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Edition: DLX TRA
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows signs of wear. May have minor defects: clipped or chipped dust jacket; owner’s inscription; remainder mark; minor foxing or bumping. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. May have any of the defects above to a greater degree, including highlighting, library markings, or loose bindings. Rare and collectible books may have cocked spine, cracked hinges, water stains; torn or repaired dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): May be very worn, soiled, torn, or barely holding together. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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