Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the best selling author and veteran chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster) back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!. Featuring real recipes cooked up by Bourdain himself, this horror anthology is sure to please--and scare!
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
Including stellar artists Sebastian Cabrol, Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Irene Koh, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco as well as amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope.
Structured as an old-fashioned Tales from the Crypt style horror anthology, complete with a frame story and ghoulish host, the twist to Bourdain's slim, last known comics work is that these offerings are all food-themed and all variations on yarns from Kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn's collection of traditional Japanese ghost lore. The spooks include a hungry ghost from Buddhist belief, a ravenous sea monster, an insatiable mouth that appears on a man's body, and a yuki-onna (snow woman). Each piece is drawn by a different artist, including such comics luminaries as Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, and Paul Pope. Never seeming sure of how seriously it wants to take itself, the compendium intersperses solemn retellings of folklore and snarling horror art with occasional tongue-in-cheek (and delightful) lines like "I will strip you, devour you like an artichoke in season!" But as each selection clocks in at around 12 pages, there's not much space to develop deeper narrative, and, though the art is generally solid, some of the artists struggle to create an eerie atmosphere. The best part is the recipe section in the back, in which Bourdain offers dishes themed to each tale. Alas, while there's rich potential in food horror, the brew here tastes like a clever idea that could have been better executed.