Magazines

Current Magazines

Listed in English alphabetical order.

I have tried to confirm that these are all in current release, and qualify as both horror/mystery and girls’ magazines.  (There are also horror comics magazines for women; I’ve done my best not to include those.  It should be noted, however, that the line between girls' and ladies' titles can be very fuzzy and bookstores often disagree with each other and even with the publisher about the intended audience.)

"True horror" refers to comics which are made from "true" stories reported by anyone from professional psychics to the magazine’s subscribers.  I personally don’t care much for this subgenre as the stories are necessarily vague and anecdotal, but it seems to be quite popular.

Additions and corrections are welcome!

  • HonKowa
    ほん怖
    Homepage:  HONKOWA (Japanese only)
    Publisher:  Asahi Shimbun Company (朝日新聞社)
    Category:  True horror
    Release Schedule:  Bimonthly (odd-numbered months) on the 24th
    Magazine Code:  08193
    Notes:  Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi ( ほんとにあった怖い話) ("Scary Stories that Really Happened") began as a series in the now discontinued magazine Halloween.  It was formerly published by Asahi Sonorama (朝日ソノラマ), and the name change came after Asahi Sonorama was folded back into the Asahi Shimbun Company.  Titles run in the magazine are now released under HONKOWA Comics.
     
  • Mystery Bonita
    ミステリーボニータ
    Homepage:  ミステリーボニータ (Japanese only)
    Publisher:  Akita Shoten (秋田書店)
    Category:  Mystery/suspense
    Release Schedule:  Monthly on the 6th
    Magazine Code:  18439
     
  • Nemuki+
    Homepage:  Nemuki+ (Japanese only)
    Publisher:  Asahi Shimbun Company (朝日新聞社)
    Category:  Horror
    Release Schedule:  Bimonthly (even-numbered months) on the 13th
    Magazine Code:  17267
    Notes:  A spin-off of Nemuki, ultimately derived from the Asahi Sonorama (朝日ソノラマ) magazine Nemurenu Yoru no Kimyou na Hanashi (眠れぬ夜の奇妙な話).
     

Past Magazines

Qualifying magazines no longer in publication.

Many volumes of titles which appeared in these magazines can still be found, so they’re included for reference.  (Besides, some of them are sorely missed!)

Magazine Publisher Category In Publication
Anata no Shiranai Sekai
あなたの知らない世界
Sakura PRC
さくら出版
horror 2000 - 2001
Asuka Mystery DX
あすかミステリーDX
Kadokawa Shoten
角川書店
mystery 1992 - 2003
Digital Horror M
デジタルホラーM
Bunkasha
ぶんか社
horror 2010 - 2011
Gakuen Mystery
学園ミステリー
Akita Shoten
秋田書店
mystery 1990 - 1996
Halloween
ハロウィン
Asahi Sonorama
朝日ソノラマ
horror 1986 - 1995
Hitomi CC Mystery
ひとみCCミステリー
Akita Shoten
秋田書店
mystery 1986 - 1996
The Horror
ザ・ホラー
Kadokawa Shoten
角川書店
horror 1997 - 2000
Horror House
ホラーハウス
Tairiku Shobo
大陸書房
horror 1986 - 1992
Horror WooPee
ホラーウーピー
Leed Sha
リイド社
true horror 1998 - 1999
Kyoufu Manga 666
恐怖まんが666
Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha
実業之日本社
horror/
mystery
1996 - 2002
Kyoufu no Yakata Deluxe
恐怖の館デラックス
Leed Sha
リイド社
horror 1992 - 1997
LC Mystery
LCミステリー
Scholar Sha
スコラ社
mystery ???? - 1997
Mystery B St. (Street)
ミステリーBst. (ビィストリート)
Gentosha
幻冬舎
mystery 2001 - 2003
Mystery Bonita DX
ミステリーボニータDX
Akita Shoten
秋田書店
mystery 1999 - 2000
Nemuki (Nemurenu Yoru no Kimyou na Hanashi)
ネムキ (眠れぬ夜の奇妙な話)
Asahi Sonorama / Asahi Shimbun Company
朝日ソノラマ / 朝日新聞社
horror 1991 - 2013
Super Horror
スーパーホラー
Somasha
蒼馬社
horror 2000 - 2001
Suspense & Horror
サスペンス&ホラー
Kodansha
講談社
horror 1987 - 1998
Susperia
サスペリア
Akita Shoten
秋田書店
horror 1987 - 2001
Susperia Mystery
サスペリアミステリー
Akita Shoten
秋田書店
mystery 2001 - 2012