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* ToiletHumor: One of his stories is titled "A Shit to Remember". [[CaptainObvious You can pretty much guess what it's going to be about.]] Junji Ito takes his sweet time to unload a great number of {{Pun}}s, culminating in the story's protagonist ''literally'' losing his (fake) shit.

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* ToiletHumor: One of his stories is titled "A Shit to Remember". [[CaptainObvious You can pretty much guess what it's going to be about.]] about. Junji Ito takes his sweet time to unload a great number of {{Pun}}s, culminating in the story's protagonist ''literally'' losing his (fake) shit.


* {{Hellgate}}: In "Ryokan", Mitosuyo's father has an unnatural obsession with turning his house into an inn with a hot spring, digging a very deep pit into the ground to find one. But it's not water that pools into the pit, but hot blood; he never gets any guests either, only demons emerging from the pit.

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* {{Hellgate}}: In "Ryokan", Mitosuyo's father has an unnatural obsession with turning his house into an inn with a hot spring, digging a very deep pit into the ground to find one. But it's not water that pools into the pit, but hot blood; he never gets any guests either, only demons and a few oni emerging from the pit.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: In "The Bronze Statue", a statue of a beautiful young woman is installed in the local park. The one who commissioned it, an ugly old widow named Madame Sonobe, says it was made to look like her younger self, but nobody believes that she actually looked like that.


* WickedWitch: Mrs. Numake from "The Window Next Door".

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* WickedWitch: Mrs. Numake from "The Window Next Door".


* HitodamaLights: In "Bog of Living Spirits", these are seen around the bog where someone may have recently died. [[spoiler: It turns out these are the spirits of two obsessive girls hoping that he, their fellow classmate, is still alive, and waiting for him to surface again.]]

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* HitodamaLights: HitodamaLight: In "Bog of Living Spirits", these are seen around the bog where someone may have recently died. [[spoiler: It turns out these are the spirits of two obsessive girls hoping that he, their fellow classmate, is still alive, and waiting for him to surface again.]]


* TheChewToy: Soichi Tsuji, the sinister, nail-eating villain of several short stories, tends to have his various evil schemes backfire on him in the most gruesome, humiliating manners possible (in youth and [[Manga/VoicesInTheDark adulthood]]), in marked contrast to [[KarmaHoudini the usual fate of an Ito antagonist]].

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* TheChewToy: Soichi Tsuji, the sinister, nail-eating villain of several short stories, tends to have his various evil schemes backfire on him in the most gruesome, humiliating manners possible (in youth and [[Manga/VoicesInTheDark adulthood]]), in marked contrast to [[KarmaHoudini the usual fate of an Ito antagonist]].



** In "A Deserter in the House", [[spoiler: A family hides a war deserter and keeps him there years after the war's end, pretending the war is still on since they blame him for their sister's death during his initial stay. However, while they think they've been getting their revenge and psychologically tormenting him, they later discover that he hanged himself the day the girl died, leaving them shaken at the question of what had been happening all those years.]]

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** In "A Deserter in the House", [[spoiler: A a family hides a war deserter and keeps him there years after the war's end, pretending the war is still on since they blame him for their sister's death during his initial stay. However, while they think they've been getting their revenge and psychologically tormenting him, they later discover that he hanged himself the day the girl died, leaving them shaken at the question of what had been happening all those years.]]



* DisabilityImmunity: Yukari in "Village of Sirens" deafens herself so she can no longer be affected by the siren.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Because of a rare blood disorder, Souichi must have a constant supply of iron to live. He achieves this by feeding on carpenter's nails, which he also sticks between his teeth to bite people with, spits at enemies and hammers into voodoo dolls. "Souichi's Birthday" implies that he used his curses to bring the condition upon himself. He didn't have it as a young child, and got his habit of carrying things in his mouth from his grandmother, who always had a toothpick in her mouth.

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* DisabilityImmunity: Yukari in "Village of Sirens" deafens deafened herself so she can could no longer be affected by the siren.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Because of a rare blood disorder, Souichi must have a constant supply of iron to live. He achieves this by feeding chewing on carpenter's nails, which he also sticks between his teeth to bite people with, spits at enemies and hammers into voodoo dolls. "Souichi's Birthday" implies that he used his curses to bring the condition upon himself. He didn't have it as a young child, and got his habit of carrying things in his mouth from his grandmother, who always had a toothpick in her mouth.



* EasyAmnesia: Risa from "Honored Ancestors" suffers from this, having abruptly suffered complete amnesia for seemingly no reason. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the shock from discovering the truth about her boyfriend's father caused her mind to erase all memory out of sheer horror. The old man has his head connected to a long line of human scalps, with the still living brains of the family's ancestors attached resembling a giant caterpillar. And the boyfriend wants to marry her so he can continue the family line...]]

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* EasyAmnesia: Risa from "Honored Ancestors" suffers from this, having abruptly suffered complete amnesia for seemingly no reason. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the shock from discovering the truth about her boyfriend's father caused her mind to erase all memory out of sheer horror. The old man has his head connected to a long line of human scalps, with the still living brains of the family's ancestors attached resembling a giant caterpillar. And the boyfriend wants to marry her so he can continue the family line... She also suffers amnesiac breaks from this two more times over the course of the story.]]



* EvilDetectingDog: In "Mold", Akasaka remembers that he was wary of the Rogi family because his dog growled at them while they were in his house.

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* EvilDetectingDog: In "Mold", Akasaka remembers that he was wary of the Rogi family renting his house because his dog growled at them while they were in his house.



* FacialHorror: At the end of "Face Burglar", Kamei is confronted with a mass of students wearing grotesque masks, and her face starts uncontrollably shifting to look like all of them at once.
* FakingTheDead: Kojima in "Bog of Living Spirits" attempts to do this in order to escape the obsessive throng of classmates who won't leave him alone. [[spoiler: It remains unclear by the end of the story whether the faked death was more real than he planned.]]

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* FacialHorror: At the end of "Face Burglar", Kamei Kamei's gambit is exposed, and as a result, she is confronted with a mass of students wearing grotesque masks, masks. Their plan works, and her face starts uncontrollably shifting to look like all of them at once.
* FakingTheDead: Kojima in "Bog of Living Spirits" attempts to do this in order to escape the obsessive throng of female classmates who won't leave him alone. [[spoiler: It remains unclear by the end of the story whether the faked death was more real than he planned.]]



* HitodamaLights: In "Bog of Living Spirits", these are seen around the bog where someone may have recently died. [[spoiler: It turns out these are the spirits of two obsessive girls hoping that he, their fellow classmate, is still alive, and waiting for him to surface again.]]



** [[spoiler:A subversion in "Honored Ancestors".]] Risa's amnesia was caused by her seeing [[spoiler:the scalps and brains of every member of Shuichi's family grafted to his father's head. The end implies that each one still actively ''thinks''.]]

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** [[spoiler:A subversion in "Honored Ancestors".]] Risa's amnesia was caused by her seeing [[spoiler:the scalps and brains of every member of Shuichi's family grafted to his father's head. The end implies that shows that, rather than just the person at the end inheriting their collected knowledge, each one can still actively ''thinks''.''think''.]]



** In "Back Alley", [[spoiler: the girl whom Ishida was staying with turns out to have killed many of her classmates and buried them in the alley. At the end, she becomes trapped there and their ghosts advance on her.]]

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** In "Back Alley", [[spoiler: the girl whom Ishida was staying with turns out to have killed many of her classmates and buried classmates, burying them in the alley. At the end, she becomes trapped there and their ghosts advance on her.]]



** "Love As Scripted": A playboy makes a videotape for his girlfriend so that she won't feel bad after he dumps her. When he tries to break up with her, she stabs him in a frenzy, and then finds the tape he made for her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she decides she prefers the tape to the real him, and finishes him off with a broken bottle rather than save his life.]]

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** "Love As Scripted": A playboy makes a videotape for his girlfriend so that she won't feel bad after he dumps her. When he tries to break up with her, she stabs him in a frenzy, and then finds the tape he made for her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she decides she prefers the tape to the real him, and finishes him off with a broken bottle rather than save saving his life.]]



** "The Bronze Statue": A vain woman commissions several statues of herself from her ex-lover, a sculptor. She also has him kill the neighboring women who gossiped about her, by encasing them in concrete. After discovering that the body of her husband, whom she murdered, has turned into wax from being buried in a swamp, she comes up with a plan to drown herself and have the sculptor retrieve her and turn her into the most beautiful statue ever seen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he dies just as he was going to fill the mold with liquid gold. [[AndIMustScream Her conscious spirit remains trapped inside a plaster cast in a cellar forever.]]]]

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** "The Bronze Statue": A vain woman commissions several statues of herself from her ex-lover, a sculptor. She also has him kill the neighboring women who gossiped about her, by encasing them in concrete. After discovering that the body of her husband, whom she murdered, has turned into wax from being buried in a swamp, swamp and having it carved into a statue cast, she comes up with a plan to drown herself in the swamp and have the sculptor retrieve her and turn her into the most beautiful statue ever seen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he dies just as he was going is about to fill the mold with liquid molten gold. [[AndIMustScream Her conscious spirit remains trapped inside a plaster cast the mold in a the cellar forever.]]]]



** Fuchi, too, considering that she's some sort of horrifying demon-lady but still acts very human (that's not to say she acts like a good human) and looks relatively close to one. She even has a job.
** The neighbor in "The Woman Next Door" is clearly something pretending to be human, judging by the gaudy jewelry, misapplied false eyelashes, and perfect hair that can only be a wig. [[spoiler: Also, she has some unnerving ability to warp her house closer to her neighbor's window.]]

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** Fuchi, too, considering that she's some sort of horrifying demon-lady but still acts very human (that's not to say she acts like a good human) and looks relatively close to one. She even has incomprehensible success as a job.
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** The neighbor in "The Woman Window Next Door" is clearly something pretending to be human, judging by the gaudy jewelry, misapplied false eyelashes, and perfect hair that can only be a wig. [[spoiler: Also, she has some unnerving ability to warp her house house's structure closer to her neighbor's window.]]



* ItsRainingMen: "Falling" is about a mysterious phenomenon calling people into the sky before they are brutally dropped back down to earth. We are never told what is pulling the people into the air, but from what we hear from the protagonist's girlfriend, restrained on the ground, all called into the air, unwilling, meet unspeakable horrors.

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* ItsRainingMen: "Falling" is about a mysterious phenomenon calling people into the sky before they are brutally dropped back down to earth. We are never told what is pulling the people into the air, but from what we hear from the protagonist's girlfriend, restrained on the ground, all who are called into the air, unwilling, air meet unspeakable horrors.



* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Soichi for Ms. Fuchi, after seeing her in a magazine in "Rumors" [[spoiler:if the dream-future with Binzo Tsujii is to be believed.]]

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* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Soichi for Ms. Fuchi, after seeing her in a magazine in "Rumors" [[spoiler:if the dream-future with Binzo Tsujii is to be believed.]]



** The father in "Approval" cruelly and repeatedly denies the hand of his daughter to a suitor [[spoiler:because asking for his permission to marry is the only way that he can see his daughter's spirit]].

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** The father in "Approval" cruelly and repeatedly denies the hand of his daughter to a suitor [[spoiler:because his daughter is actually dead, and the unaware suitor asking for his permission to marry is the only way that he can see his daughter's spirit]].



* NeverSleepAgain: "Den of the Sleep Demon" has this concerning an internal threat; that of a second self emerging from within you and turning you inside-out like a reversible plush once you fall asleep.

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* NeverSleepAgain: "Den of the Sleep Demon" has this concerning an internal threat; that of a second self emerging from within you and turning you inside-out inside out like a reversible plush once you fall asleep.



** Fuchi, whose face is one in-universe for the protagonist of "Fashion Model". After seeing her in a magazine, her unsettlingly long, gaunt face haunts him...and that's before her teeth are shown.

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** Fuchi, whose face is one in-universe for the protagonist of "Fashion Model". After seeing her in a magazine, her unsettlingly long, gaunt face haunts him...him more and more...and that's before her teeth are shown.



** Frankenstein's Monster. Not even the female wretch would stomach it! The sight of him laughing through a window scares the poor family of the house.

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** Frankenstein's Monster. Not even the female wretch would stomach it! The sight of him laughing through a window also scares the a poor family of the their house.



* TooSoon: A meta example. When working on "Fashion Model", Ito intended to give Fuchi some shark-like elements, but scrapped the idea when a widely-publicized shark attack occurred at the time so his story wouldn't look insensitive.

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* TooSoon: A meta example. Meta-example. When working on "Fashion Model", Ito intended to give Fuchi some shark-like elements, but scrapped the idea for this reason when a widely-publicized shark attack occurred at the time so his story wouldn't look insensitive.time.

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* TooSoon: A meta example. When working on "Fashion Model", Ito intended to give Fuchi some shark-like elements, but scrapped the idea when a widely-publicized shark attack occurred at the time so his story wouldn't look insensitive.

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* ShearMenace: The female creature in "Frankenstein" uses surgical scissors to attack both Victor and the creature.

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* MortalityPhobia: Mami in "The Long Dream" has one, and it's solved through extremely questionable means.


** The transformations in "Hell O' Dollies" go FromBadToWorse to say the absolute ''least''.

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** The transformations in "Hell O' Dollies" "The Hell of the Doll Funeral" go FromBadToWorse to say the absolute ''least''.



* CreepyDoll: In "A Doll's Hellish Burial", this is taken to a horrifying extreme. The daughter of the protagonist, Maria, is afflicted with a disease that first turns her into a doll, then into [[HumanoidAbomination something more disturbing for its passing resemblance to a human being]].

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* CreepyDoll: In "A Doll's Hellish Burial", "The Hell of the Doll Funeral", this is taken to a horrifying extreme. The daughter of the protagonist, Maria, Marie, is afflicted with a disease that first turns her into a doll, then into [[HumanoidAbomination something more disturbing for its passing resemblance to a human being]].



* FakingTheDead: Kojima in "Bog of Living Spirits" attempts to do this in order to escape the obsessive throng of classmates who won't leave him alone. [[spoiler: It remains unclear by the end of the story whether the faked death was more real than he planned.]]



* TheNapoleon: Oshikiri in "Hallucinations". Some of the other Oshikiris have a height complex as well, but most of them don't take it as far.

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* TheNapoleon: Oshikiri in "Hallucinations". "Neck Specter", as he kills his friend for growing too tall and has terrifying visions of everyone around him growing in freakish ways. Some of the other Oshikiris have a height complex as well, but most of them don't take it as far.like the one who tries to create a growth serum that goes wrong in several ways.



* NothingIsScarier: The protagonist of "Fixed Face" ends up locked in a surgical chair that holds her in via spikes that enter her ear canals. We see her at the end telling her story, her hair grown out and hiding her ears, so we have no idea what kind of horrific damage she suffered in escaping.

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* NothingIsScarier: The protagonist of "Fixed Face" "Face Firmly in Place" ends up locked in a surgical chair that holds her in via spikes that enter her ear canals. We see her at the end telling her story, her hair grown out and hiding her ears, so we have no idea and she waves off the experience, claiming she was found and rescued the next day. However, she flips out when the man she's talking to tries to see her ears, leaving it unclear what kind of horrific damage she suffered in escaping.may have suffered.


* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: In "The Will", the two sisters get along horribly, with one deliberately disturbing the other's studies before being shut down. [[spoiler: They aren't really sisters, but were raised as such, and the trope is still played as such.]]

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: In "The Will", the two sisters get along horribly, with one deliberately disturbing the other's studies before being shut down. [[spoiler: They aren't really sisters, but were raised as such, and the trope is still played as such.if they were sisters.]]



** "Map Town": A couple are in a town where everyone magically loses the ability to navigate, forcing them to rely on maps everywhere. The husband is the only one unaffected by the curse. Later, he and his wife go looking for treasure and plunder an urn filled with gold Koban coins. As expected, the townspeople are not impressed, and try to apprehend them. In an attempt to lose the townspeople, the duo scribble over as many maps as they can. To the husband's horror, he [[spoiler:discovers that the curse has hit him, as well, leaving the couple unable to find their way out of the town. Soon, the villagers will clean down the maps on the signs the couple drew over, and they'll find the thieves eventually...]]

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** "Map Town": A couple are in a town where everyone magically loses the ability to navigate, forcing them to rely on maps everywhere. The husband is the only one unaffected by the curse. Later, he and his wife go looking for treasure and plunder an urn filled with gold Koban coins. As expected, the townspeople are not impressed, and try to apprehend them. In an attempt to lose the townspeople, the duo scribble over as many maps as they can. To the husband's horror, he [[spoiler:discovers that the curse has hit him, as well, leaving the couple unable to find their way out of the town. Soon, It's possible that the villagers will could clean down the maps on the signs the couple drew over, maps, too, and they'll they would find the thieves eventually...]]


** "Map Town": A couple are in a town where everyone magically loses the ability to navigate, forcing them to rely on maps everywhere. The husband is the only one unaffected by the curse. Later, he and his wife go looking for treasure and plunder an urn filled with gold Koban coins. As expected, the townspeople are not impressed, and try to apprehend them. In an attempt to lose the townspeople, the duo scribble over as many maps as they can. To the husband's horror, he [[spoiler:discovers that the curse has hit him, as well, leaving the couple unable to find their way out of the town.]]

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** "Map Town": A couple are in a town where everyone magically loses the ability to navigate, forcing them to rely on maps everywhere. The husband is the only one unaffected by the curse. Later, he and his wife go looking for treasure and plunder an urn filled with gold Koban coins. As expected, the townspeople are not impressed, and try to apprehend them. In an attempt to lose the townspeople, the duo scribble over as many maps as they can. To the husband's horror, he [[spoiler:discovers that the curse has hit him, as well, leaving the couple unable to find their way out of the town. Soon, the villagers will clean down the maps on the signs the couple drew over, and they'll find the thieves eventually...]]


* ZombiePukeAttack: In "The Supernatural Transfer Student", [[spoiler:Shibayama]] gets turned into a constantly-vomiting zombie.

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* ZombiePukeAttack: In "The Supernatural Transfer Student", [[spoiler:Shibayama]] gets turned into a constantly-vomiting zombie.zombie.
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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: In "The Will", the two sisters get along horribly, with one deliberately disturbing the other's studies before being shut down. [[spoiler: They aren't really sisters, but were raised as such, so it counts.]]

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: In "The Will", the two sisters get along horribly, with one deliberately disturbing the other's studies before being shut down. [[spoiler: They aren't really sisters, but were raised as such, so it counts.and the trope is still played as such.]]



* HelpImStuck: This happens to the protagonist of "Clubhouse", getting her head stuck in a board dividing the titular structure. Unfortunately for her, her only available help is two rival clubs who divided the house and who are each eager to pull over her to their side to recruit her.

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* HelpImStuck: This happens to the protagonist of "Clubhouse", getting her head stuck in a board dividing the titular structure. Unfortunately for her, her only available help is two rival clubs who divided the house and who are each eager to pull her out over her to their side to recruit her.



** This is a significant plot point in "The Conversation Room". [[spoiler: The patients in a hospital ward are of one mind and assimilate through needled tubes coming from their mouths.]]

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** This is a significant plot point in "The Conversation Room". [[spoiler: The patients in a hospital ward are of one mind and assimilate through masses of needled tubes coming from their mouths.]]



** Fuchi, too, considering that she's some sort of horrifying demon-lady but still acts very human (that's not to say she seems like a good human) and looks relatively close to one. She even has a job.

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** Fuchi, too, considering that she's some sort of horrifying demon-lady but still acts very human (that's not to say she seems acts like a good human) and looks relatively close to one. She even has a job.



* ImAHumanitarian: Fuchi in "Fashion Model" turns out to be more than a scary face.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Fuchi in "Fashion Model" turns out to be more than just a scary face.



* ItsRainingMen: "Falling" is about a mysterious phenomenon calling people into the sky before they are brutally dropped back down to earth. We are never told what is pulling the people into the air, but from what we hear from the protagonist's girlfriend, restrained on the ground, nobody wants to go up.

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* ItsRainingMen: "Falling" is about a mysterious phenomenon calling people into the sky before they are brutally dropped back down to earth. We are never told what is pulling the people into the air, but from what we hear from the protagonist's girlfriend, restrained on the ground, nobody wants to go up.all called into the air, unwilling, meet unspeakable horrors.



** Subverted in several ways in "The Bronze Statue". Madame Sonobe, an ugly and rich widow, commissions beautiful sculptures which apparently reflect herself and her husband in their youth, though nobody buys it. She puts microphones and cameras into them to see what people are saying to her and talk from them, invoking this idea, and she later starts to see the sculptures come to life and mock her. This is implied to be nervous hallucination, [[spoiler: but also might be because a sculpture was molded from the waxified, reshaped corpse of her husband. When she goes under this preservation to be turned into a sculpture, her spirit is stuck inside the unfinished form.]]

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** Subverted in several ways in "The Bronze Statue". Madame Sonobe, an ugly and rich widow, commissions beautiful sculptures which apparently reflect herself and her husband in their youth, though nobody buys it. She puts microphones and cameras into them to see what people are saying to her and talk from them, invoking this idea, and she later starts to see the sculptures come to life and mock her. This is implied to be nervous hallucination, [[spoiler: but also might be because a sculpture one of the supposedly-living sculptures was molded from the waxified, reshaped corpse of her husband. When she goes under this preservation to be turned into a sculpture, her spirit is stuck inside the unfinished form.]]



** "The Blood Sickness of the White Sands Village" features soemthing similar to vampiric ''land'', [[spoiler: powered by a giant heart which pumps blood and and out of its citizens and can take over new members of the town]].
** "Blood-Bubble Bushes" has this with a SadisticChoice as a result. The bite causes your body to grow "branches" with fruits of your own blood, which will eventually kill you when your blood has been transferred completely to the fruits. If you eat from the fruit, you will be saved, but suffer as a vampire afterward.

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** "The Blood Sickness of the White Sands Village" features soemthing similar to something like vampiric ''land'', [[spoiler: as the town is powered by a giant subterranean heart which pumps blood and in and out of its citizens and can take over circulation for new members of the town]].
** "Blood-Bubble Bushes" has this with a SadisticChoice as a result. The bite causes your body to grow "branches" with fruits of your own blood, which will eventually kill you when your blood has been transferred completely to the fruits. If you eat from the fruit, you will be saved, saved from this fate, but suffer as a vampire afterward.



* TownWithADarkSecret: Featured in many of these stories, with twists like "houses all built together with weird spies watching", "bizarre blood cycles draining the villagers, "requires excessive directions to navigate", and "dead must not be disturbed" being some of the horrors in them.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: Featured in many of these stories, with twists like "houses all built together with weird spies watching", "bizarre blood cycles draining the villagers, "requires excessive directions to navigate", and "dead must not be disturbed" being some of the horrors in them.stories.

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