August 7th, 2010 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

Freaky Japanese Art by Gōjin Ishihara

by Ghastly McNasty

Interesting discovery on Pink Tentacle, a site dedicated to weird Japanology. There’s a post covering a collection of illustrations by Gōjin Ishihara that appeared in a load of Japanese kids books from the 70’s.

Yamasei (mountain sprite), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Yamasei (mountain sprite), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972


Nostradamus (Psychics of the World, 1974)

Nostradamus (Psychics of the World, 1974)


Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller), Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters, 1972

Above is just a handful of these unusual illustrations. You can view more of these creepy pictures by visiting the original Pink Tentacle article. Useful for inspiration in the horror department.

by Ghastly McNasty

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  • M.I.K., August 10, 2010:

    Now you know where The Grudge got the idea…

    That Book of Japanese Monsters is precisely the sort of thing I would have loved as a kid, (and love to have right now).

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  • Ghastly McNasty, August 11, 2010:

    Your bang on the mark as well matey. The makers of The Grudge would probably have been reading these exact books when they were kid. Now, years later, they used their childhood horror stories to make new stories. Sounds exactly like what we’re doing with Hallowscream.

    In fact, who’s up for ‘Back from the Depths’ the movie?



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