Girls' Horror Comics
Although largely unrecognized in the United States, "girls’ horror" is a concept arguably as old as horror itself.  Character-oriented and plot-driven, horror aimed at a young female audience has an appeal that can extend not only across ages and genders but even across genres to individuals who otherwise would never think of reading horror stories.

In Japan, horror has always been a major division of comics for girls (which is in turn a major division of all comic releases).  Currently, more traditional forms of girls’ horror seem to have largely given way to murder mysteries of a style all too familiar to Western audiences.  Please note that although such mystery stories are not the focus of this site, they are included in the bibliographies (mostly because it can be difficult to tell the difference from across the Pacific).

Most Japanese comics and comics magazines are now available in electronic editions, often in mulitple formats.  As there is no easy way to document all the various electronic formats, and as I am an Amazon.co.jp Associate, I will, for now, only be listing Kindle editions.

Although Horror M was officially listed by the publisher as a ladies’ magazine, its new incarnation, Digital Horror M, is specifically labelled on its web site as a girls' magazine.  I will attempt to only include titles that have been serialized in the latter.  Meanwhile, Spica and Web Spica have been replaced not by another magazine but by an anthology book series titled Comic Spica.  This series may be added to the anthologies if I can determine the exact nature of the contents.


Featured Authors

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赤石路代
Michiyo Akaishi

A number of her works cross over from mainstream girls’ comics and therefore make a good test for uncertain readers.
 

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渡千枝
Chie Watari

Readers new to girls’ horror can find an excellent introduction to the type in her short and episodic pieces.
 


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永久保貴一
Takakazu Nagakubo

One of the true masters of the genre.
 

Other Artists

There are a number of artists devoted to girls’ horror, and many more who have "dabbled" in it.  Please be aware that girls’ horror ranges from the goofy to the grotesque and not every artist is for every reader.  Therefore, not all of these are necessarily recommended; they’re just various authors that have had at least one volume of girls’ horror comics released.  I will be posting more bibliographies as time allows . . . .
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Notes on the Bibliographies


Cross-reference of Source Works


International Releases of Japanese Girls’ Horror Comics


Girls’ Comics Magazines Devoted to Horror, Suspense and/or Mystery


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