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Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM Posted by FEMALE TROUBLE 7 Comments

Ero-guro fans rejoice! Jun Hayami's work is finally to be published in English by Creation Books in a collection entitled Beauty Labyrinth of Razors! This work was originally supposed to be released in 2005, but was pulled back for.... obvious reasons. Now it is finally being released on hardback with only 69 copies being made. It compiles 12 of Jun Hayami's stories. The only downside is that the book is on quite the pricey end, being $79 before shipping. Personally, I really wish I could own such a work of art, but I don't think I can be spending that kind of money.

The full description of the collection is this:

"Graphic art by Jun Hayami in the Japanese “erotic-grotesque” (ero-guro) style of manga, a unique fusion of sex, violence and philosophy unlike anything seen in Western comics. Deranged killers, innocent young women and leering perverts collide in some of the most feverishly lurid fantasies ever committed to paper.

Beauty Labyrinth Of Razors is a compendium of Jun Hayami’s most challenging work, containing 12 stories selected from his books and never before translated and published in English. With a translation by James Havoc and Takako Shinkado, and an introduction by Jack Hunter (author, Eros In Hell)."

For those of you who don't know Jun Hayami, he is possibly one of the most extreme artists of the ero-guro genre. Unlike people like Suehiro Maruo who's craft is fixated on lavish illustrations that throwback to traditional Japanese muzan-e prints and who's stories revolve around the literature of classic novelists like Edogawa Rampo, Jun Hayami is relentless in his brutality, with little subtlety presented in his violence. Although other ero-guro artists may be more extreme than Hayami in a certain sense, Hayami's craft focuses on perversions so intense and real that they will most likely break into your consciousness and destroy your psyche, dragging you into the ugly depths of the grotesquely erotic, putting on display the sick fantasies which corrupt many a human being.

This is art

(Link courtesy of Flying Teapot)

While it may be easy to justify other works of ero-guro, Hayami's is a difficult one to present to others. Is it an effort at humor that only the most senile and depraved of us can truly derive laughter from? Or is it simply art for the sake of showing the grotesque and perverse reality that we often shun from our everyday thoughts? Are the works of Jun Hayami to even be considered art?

Whether Hayami's work is really something to be interpreted or not, if you have not read him before you definitely should. Even if it is something that may not particularly pique your interest, to just fathom the mere existence of his work is something that will forever change you.

For those who are familiar with his work, are you planning to buy this?

More information/scans/etc. can be found here:
Creation Books: http://www.creationbooks.com/creation-pages/creationhome.html
Flying Teapot: http://flying-teapot.blogspot.com/
Same Hat!: http://samehat.blogspot.com/


7 Responses so far.

  1. CAN'T WAIT! will get it, dont care how much it is lol

  2. Oh my.

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  4. wrong post, but wait, is jun hayami the guy who did "hentai shonen"? that was one of the greatest doujinshi i had ever read, but i never knew he was capable of such beautiful art as well?

  5. I contacted Creation Books, but it seems like it`s still not released.They told me, they would tell me, when copies are available, but i`m still sceptical, if this will ever happen.

  6. What a shame. I was just visiting their site today because I was curious if it had sold out or not. I'm still hoping for a more conveniently, cheaper release though, as I'm sure most people are :(


  7. I purchased a French version last week.


    Sadly, I do not understand the language, but others may be more blessed in that department and the artwork speaks for itself.

    It appears it was very much "printable", despite Creation Books claiming otherwise for years.

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