These Frightening Monsters from Japanese Children’s Books Will Haunt Your Dreams
While browsing for “creepy children’s illustrations” yesterday for our Boris Redila post, we stumbled across this blog post about Gojin Ishihara, a Manga artist who made several illustrated children’s books in the ’70s. But we’re using the phrase “children’s book” loosely here, as we can’t imagine an actual child taking one look at these books and not being scarred for life. However, adults who are interested in Japanese monsters and mythology will find these fascinating. Most of these scans were taken from The Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters. Aside from the usual tropes (women with long hair, upside down ghosts, human hybrids, snake women, etc.), the art is stunning. Dracula’s got nothing on tenjō-sagari (ceiling dweller).