In the seemingly-normal small Japanese town of Kurozu-cho, odd events are beginning to take place. Residents are becoming obsessed with spiral - whirlwinds, snail shells, pottery, or anything with a spiral design. But when strange events start happening in the town, with spirals appearing in disturbing places, can anyone escape their horrible draw?
When Rin was rifling through his desk with his friend Yama one day, he had no idea he'd chance across a treasure map shoved behind one of the drawers. But when the two friends, along with Chiku and Himeko, follow the trail, all they find is an abandoned wardrobe with a drawer that refuses to open. And that's when Rin's nightmares truly begin...
Uzumaki is waaaaay better, but both are psychological horrors with gross elements to them. If you liked the scariness of one, try out the other (though it's a much better rec from Hiki to Uzumaki)
Every morning a man wakes up, gets dressed, and heads to work, returning home in the evening to go to sleep. Feeling suffocated by the mundanity and repetitiveness of life, the man takes a detour on his way to work one day. But after being swept up in a tide of piracy, cannibalism, and bizarre religious sects the man starts to wonder: was his boring old life so bad after all?
Journey to the End of the World isn't a horror story like Uzumaki, but both progress in a similar manner: an ordinary man sees his ordinary surroundings get increasingly more bizarre and foreign and unnerving until they're unrecognizable (and impossible). Excellent macabre escapism.
Years ago, Portus was the hottest new game craze with a twist: it was rumored to have a secret stage in which a little boy would appear and ask you to come to his side – if you said yes, it was game over for you. In the present, Asami is a typical teen whose friend Chiharu has been recently skipping class. However, when she discovers that Chiharu has been playing Portus with dangerous consequences, it’s up to her and her teacher Keigo to uncover the truth behind the game.
Terror comes in many forms, as a variety of unfortunate people are soon to find out. From a girl who is terrified of butterflies due to her mother's death to a supernatural warlord out for revenge, to a frightening mirror doppelganger and beyond, many lives are touched by horror and fright.
Like very bizarre horror with plenty of violence and grotesque things? Uzumaki and Scary Book are for you. SB is quite episodic (though Uzumaki has that sort of feel too, I suppose), but regardless both would definitely appeal to the same audience.
In the idyllic, suburban Soil New Town, everyone's lives are picturesque, down to the mandatory perfectly-manicured flower bed in front of every house. But this peaceful façade is shattered when the well-known Suzushiro family disappears during a power outage, leaving behind nothing but a pillar of salt. Things get even weirder with the arrival of a mountain of this same salt at the local school, a crossdresser fixated on transmission towers, and threatening messages demanding that every citizen pay a portion of the Suzushiro family’s ransom. The plain and often-frazzled detective Onoda and her sexist and hygienically-challenged boss, Sergeant Yokoi, are called in from out of town to help, but it's a tough case to crack. Will they be able to get any information out of the gossiping townspeople, all of whom hate outsiders and have something to hide?
Both Soil and Uzumaki start with an average small town, and chronicle their descent into the creepy/supernatural/eldritch.
Soil has oodles more facets, takes longer to build up speed (mainly because it's much longer), and has a more serious tone.