A haunting collection of short stories from Koji Suzuki, author of the smash thriller, Ring, which spawned the hit film and sequels. The first story in this collection has been adapted to film (Dark Water, Walter Salles), and another, "Adrift" is currently in production with Dimension Films.
Terror and tragedy lurk within the water in this standalone horror manga, which adapts and illustrates four of the tales from an aquatic-themed collection of the same name by Koji Suzuki, the so-called "Stephen King of Japan," author of the international horror blockbuster RING. The title story, concerning the ghost of a little girl that haunts the water supply of a Tokyo apartment, was made into a 2002 Japanese film and a 2005 American film starring Jennifer Connelly. While much of the horror in the stories included in the DARK WATER prose collection is implied rather than explicit, the action is amped up in the manga; for example, the mother in the title story is not merely unstable as she is in the prose version, but actively murderous. Yet the text still maintains the quiet poetry of the original, underscored by Meimu's subtle, yet chilling, black-and-white art. The arresting images include the aforementioned mother possessed by the spirit of a brutal abuser, the blurred figure of a boy's ghost clinging to a boat's underwater keel, and the eyes of a mysterious, deadly sea creature gleaming inside a bottle.
- June 6, 2006
- June 6, 2006
- Koji Suzuki