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Creator / Suehiro Maruo

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Never before or since has J-Horror been summed up so perfectly by a single image.

In the manga subgenre known as Ero-guro (Erotic-grotesque), Suehiro Maruo (born January 28, 1956) is renown for his beautifully-composed, exquisitely-crafted scenes influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e prints on one hand, and the canon of Western fine art on the other.

Maruo started his career by providing short strips for porn magazines, because, as he says, they would publish anything as long as there is nudity and sex. Indeed, many of his early strips are incomprehensible. The America-published anthology Ultra-Gash Inferno contains the more "readable" stories of early Maruo, while the rest are sometimes available as Scanlation.

Maruo's growing fame then allowed him to publish longer stories, of which Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show has garnered him an international cult following.

Maruo's important works include:

  • Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show (1984)
  • New Atrocities In Blood (1988) — a modern reworking of Muzan-e (atrocity prints) genre of Ukiyo-e.
  • Inugami Expert (1994)
  • The Laughing Vampire (1998)
  • The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (2008) — adaptation of a novel by Edogawa Rampo.
  • Imomushi (The Caterpillar) (2009) — another Rampo adaptation.

His offical site is here

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