May 23rd, 2012 | → 3 Comments | ∇ Horror Art |

The Illustrated Book of Monsters

by Ghastly McNasty

Those nice folk over in Japan certainly know their horror. The Kaibutsu Ehon (“Illustrated Book of Monsters”) is an 1881 book featuring woodblock prints of yōkai, or creatures from Japanese folklore. Illustrated by painter Nabeta Gyokuei, the book is modeled after the influential works of Toriyama Sekien, an 18th-century scholar and ukiyo-e artist known for his attempt to catalog the many species of yōkai in Japan. Here are a selection of monsters from the book.

Pictures swiped from the clutches of the Pink Tentacle.

by Ghastly McNasty

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  • Zack Davisson, June 4, 2012:

    If you want to know more about what these monsters are, I have a website ( where I translate from various Japanese books, including the Kaibutsu Ehon.

    Come check it out!

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  • Ghastly McNasty, June 5, 2012:

    Great site Zack, amazing how creepy some of these creatures are. No wonder Japan rocks when it comes to horror.

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  • Zack Davisson, June 5, 2012:

    Thanks! I always say Japan is the most haunted country on earth. I don’t know anywhere else that has the sheer amount of ghosts and monsters.

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