I’d like to talk about a story called “The Enigma of Amigara Fault,” a manga (basically, a comic book made in Japan) by Junji Ito. It centers on a pair of hikers that go to Amigara Mountain to investigate a strange occurrence: a recent earthquake has split the mountain, revealing thousands of human-shaped holes that lead deep into the mountain. Scientists are baffled – the holes weren’t made naturally, and they have no idea where they came from. The strangest thing is the effect the holes have on people – many seem to go insane, climbing into certain holes that are shaped like them, disappearing into the mountain.
The biggest draw of the story is the mystery – what is the purpose of these holes? Why are they there? While there’s a dream sequence that hints at the reason why the holes are created, there aren’t any definitive answers. There’s also the dread the reader feels at what lies at the other end of the holes, and what happens to the people who enter them. The thought of being trapped in a dark, claustrophobic space will unnerve more than a few readers. We do find out what happens to the people, and it’s something that will stick in your mind for a while. Highly recommended.
— Michael Malan, Blogger
Editor’s Note: Mike Malan recently graduated from Lewis University with a degree in English with a sub-speciality in Creative Writing. Mike especially enjoys writing gothic, Poe and all things that chill your bones. He is a dark writer but you can find him dabbling in politics. He is also interested in the editing process and hopes that you will enjoy his work.