Rin helps save another student at True Cross Academy who can see demons, and everyone else thinks he’s crazy. The council postpones Ron’s execution in favor of going after a more dangerous demon. Mephisto takes more interest in Rin and in training him to harness his demon powers. He also agrees to help Rin’s classmate, but Rin has to put in some work to get it. Meanwhile, Shura and other exorcists, including a paladin, chase down the latest threat to humanity. Shura finds a man-made gateway to Gehenna that is continuously expanding and threatening all of humanity and the Earth.
Yukko, Alice, and Genda-San finally make their way to Yukko’s school and meet up with her boyfriend, who cannot stomach what’s happened to them. He takes them home and hides them from the searching eyes of cats and rats, under the control of the ominous Iosef. While the group recuperates, they learn more about how they became shrunken in the first place. Meanwhile, the military is continuing to hunt down Alice and goes after Yukko, her boyfriend, and many others.
Thanks to Emma and her pen, the residents of Goldy Pond can finally figure out what Mr. Minerva set up for them so many years ago. Emma finds the true Goldy Pond, not the hunting ground facade that she first discovered, and within, there is much revealed about The Promise set up between the humans and demons generations ago, as well as important background details on Mr. Minerva himself. Unfortunately, Goldy Pond is another dead end, and Emma and the rest of the children have to fight their way past some of the worst demons if they are going to continue their journey towards the Human World.
This volume is a collection of short stories, some of which have been published before, or the first time published for a majority of them. Like much of Ito's other work, these stories are creepy and capitalize on our sense of propriety to give us the heebie-jeebies. In "Billions Alone," there are people being sewn together. "The human chair" has a creepily obsessive love story. "Venus in the blind spot," this volume's namesake, was one of the more creative stories surrounding a woman who disappears when she gets too close to men who adore her. Then, there's "The licking woman," with a monster who has a poisonous tongue. The story of "Master Umezz and me," gives us a glimpse into Ito's own life and his inspiration for writing horror stories. In "How love came to Professor Kirida," an obsessed student violates Kirida's privacy and wishes. "The Enigma of Amigara Fault," tells of weirdly alluring holes that are shaped for specific people. This collection is rounded out with "Keepsake," where a baby is mysteriously born to a dead woman inside her casket.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Mister tests out the survival skills of Emma and Ray by leading them into a deadly situation with plenty of man-eating demons. Afterwards, Emma decides to have a heart to heart with Mister about all the pain he’s been feeling for years since his friends died. Mister leads Emma and ray into a trap, which he is regretful for because Emma was getting through to him! Emma ways up in a strange village with other children, which turns out to be a secret demon hunting ground. Ray convinces Mister to lead him to Goldy Pond to rescue Emma from being hunted, and Emma does what she does best - tries to save all the other children from becoming demon food.
Vol 3: Dream Country, illustrated by Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran, and Malcolm Jones III
In this volume, we start to get a sense of Dream’s powers and his role as one of the immortals. In the first story, we meet struggling novelist Ric Madok who trades a bezoar for a muse. She pleads with her sisters to send her Dream, known as Oneiros, to help her escape. Then, we hear of a great dream by a Saimese, wishing to change the world for good if she can only convince other cats what she dreams is real. Next, we the company of Will Shakespeare performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the real faefolk who inspired the tale, but its success will have a steep price for the Bard. Lastly, we witness the torture of Rainie, a metamorphae who desperately wants to end her existence but merely transmutes into other substances. She is visited by Death, who isn’t really there for her, but helps her nonetheless.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
The children at last arrive at the coordinates given to them by William Minerva, and they found a shelter, but the adult living inside is definitely not William Minerva! He also refuses to tell them his name or share his resources with the kids from Grace Field House - he calls them weak and says they'll all die anyway, and he doesn't want to waste anything. But the kids prove they're at least smarter than him, and come to a tenuous agreement. While the kids get to work creating renewable foods and trying to keep the shelter sustainable, Emma and Ray want Mister (Emma's name for him) to help them find the real William Minerva. That means leaving the comfort and safety of the shelter, and there's no guarantee he'll step in and save either one if the demons come after them.
Vol 2: The Doll's House, illustrated by Steve Parkhouse, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
Morpheus continues his quest to set the world right after his realm wreaked havoc during his imprisonment. At the heart of many cruel nightmare creatures is Rose Walker. She is desperately trying to find her little brother, who was taken by her father after her parents separated. Rose's grandmother, Unity, was supposed to be a Dream Vortex, a being who becomes the center of The Dreaming, but she fell into a sleeping sickness around the time Dream was imprisoned, and never became the vortex. This has caused considerable damage to the dreams of humans world-wide, and allowed a lot of Dream's nightmares to escape into the waking world. The vortex trait was passed down through Unity's family to Rose. In her search for her brother, Rose rents a room in a house close to where her brother Jed was living last, and enlists the help of a strange man named Gilbert to help find him. Together, they are able to track down Jed to an abusive aunt and uncle's home. Gilbert and Rose check in to a hotel on the way to rescue Jed, but unbeknownst to them, the hotel is hosting a convention of Serial Killers, and the honored guest is another one of Dream's escaped creations.
Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III
A secret society led by a powerful occultist attempts to capture Death in order to gain eternal life, but their ritual goes awry, and they capture Dream (also known as Morpheus), Death's young brother. Fearing retribution, the group decides to keep Morpheus imprisoned, and hands down the stewardship to successive generations. Seventy-some years later, a mishap allows Morpheus to escape, and he gathers the tools of his office, and the key to his power, that were separated upon his capture before he is able to exact his revenge on the progeny of his jailers.
Vol 6, Alpha and Omega: illustrated by Gabríel Rodriguez
Everything comes to a head on Prom Night with a post-dance Cave Rave for all of Lovecraft Academy. Ty doesn’t have a tux or a date to the prom, so he and Uncle Duncan work on restoring a classic Charger instead. That is, until Dunk gives him a "classy" tuxedo shirt that is sure to have the ladies swooning. Ty is intercepted by his ex-girlfriend Jordan, and the two don't make it to the Prom Kinsey is also present at the Prom, which means she and her friends find their way to the Cave Rave. Using the Crown of Shadows, Dodge plans to lure the unsuspecting teens to the Black Door to create a new world with him at the helm.
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