Shiver: Selected Stories (2015) by Junji Ito
‘This volume includes nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delight of horror fans.’
I’d heard about Junji Ito’s horror manga, but never read any. I recently watched a video about the Japanese artist on ComicPop‘s Youtube channel. It made me want to check out his work. Here’s a link to the video. (Discussion of this book starts from 25:43)
One Billion Years to the End of the World (1974) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
‘This mordantly funny and provocative tale from Soviet Russia’s leading science fiction writers is the story of astrophysicist Dmitri Malianov. As he reaches a major breakthrough, he finds himself plagued by interruptions, from a mysterious crate of vodka to a glamorous woman on his doorstep. Is the Universe trying to tell him something?’
I’ve been meaning to read the Strugatsky brothers’ Roadside Picnic for a while. I have never read any Russian science fiction before, so I wanted to try something by them. After hearing about the latest Penguin Science Fiction series, I ordered this book by the authors. I like the synopsis and the book design is cool. The reviews make it sound like something I would enjoy. I’ll be starting this fairly soon.
Reckless (2020) by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
‘Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles, and the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher. Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his radical student days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears…his own past.’
After recently enjoying Brubaker & Phillips’ graphic novel Pulp, I heard that they had just released this new OGN. As I mentioned in my glowing review of Pulp, a new release by this creative team is an automatic buy from me. The art looks suitably moody and you can rely on Brubaker to pen some killer dialog.
Any of these catch your eye? Have you read any of the authors? Do you detect any tremblings in the temptation zone?
Thanks for reading.