Latest Articles

  • 4974f52d42c49534bfabeae9a93a482a 450 750

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Linda Blair has a devil of a time in this infamous sequel. Read More
  • 9021ee1f5bc3d4fb62dd4d71858e6689 450 750

    The Family Graves #1

    The Munsters meets Lost in Space in this new indie comic. Read More
  • 550e453413c21ca95cfec3961ab8dac3 450 750

    Feral

    Not much to see in this overly familiar tale of horrors in the woods. Read More
  • Bf47cc6b63701894cdcb17a87ecf0c31 450 750

    Hostile

    Hostile goes much deeper than a simple apocalypse…if you’ll let it. Read More
  • 0179dd0576f79f4605a1b11fcbaf9ca7 450 750

    Come Into Me #3

    Get ready for some of the most terrifying body horror you've seen in ages. Read More
  • 5c0e9ade621272c8802c35c3aa60372a 450 750

    The Long Con #2

    Watch out for the feral tweens! Read More
  • 5fae26e212f34fbba997609a4e85352e 450 750

    Hunt for the Skinwalker

    When the Indian reservation says it’s off-limits, you know there’s bad juju…. Read More
  • C4a6640c8f3d923adb2f68dd13c39518 450 750

    Cosmic Ghost Rider #3

    Get ready for a whole lot of murder as Frank Castle kills just about everyone. Read More
  • C8d867bb2bff8e20a73bac905b733f80 450 750

    Patient Zero

    A familiar apocalyptic sandwich hides surprising mystery meat in the middle! Read More
  • 016d929ebbcd95df9d59d1984d0e0258 450 750

    Funny Book Splatter 084: Michael Hague

    James chats with the man behind Mammon, the frightening and beautiful vampire comic. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Latest News

  • Buffy Bounces Over to BOOM! Studios +

    3fd3322cbca7e1a1da36f470795c02a9 160 120 The publisher intends to release all new comics, graphic novels, and more beginning in 2019 Read More
  • The Freeze Delivers a New Spin on the Post-Apocalyptic Tale +

    E42e4ba8b2cc3f783d377b9e5bc1fc57 160 120 New series from Image Comics has everyone frozen in place. Read More
  • Murder Falcon’s Heavy Metal Variants Pay Tribute to the Classics +

    Aada0f0bd6be5168536e77eb8c52d4c2 160 120 Somehow this book gets even more metal. Read More
  • Go Back to the Terrortory Next Month +

    4ef1dd01429c65268bf68c2c72fb5225 160 120 Terrortory 2 hits Amazon on October 1st and we have an exclusive clip from the horror anthology! Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Home

"Human Nature" Book Review


Written by Gabino Iglesias

Published by Bongoût

 

Human Nature 01



Photographs by Daikichi Amano
Foreword by Agnès Giard
2010, 132 pages, Art

 

Human Nature 02

Click image to enlarge.

 

Review:


Sorry to have to break the news to you, but your nightmares are no longer a private affair. There is man who holds the key to the nastiest, kinkiest, slimiest and weirdest corner of our collective consciousness. His name is Daikichi Amano and Human Nature, a book of his photographic work released by Bongout, is like collection of images pulled from a fever dream you had after watching a few hours of the most hardcore anime Japan has to offer.

Don't be confused by the paragraph above and think this is only titillating human-squid intercourse: Amano's work tackles the same big questions that all serious art does, but he seems to have found some answers at the point where zoophilia, death, rebirth, glop, nausea and beauty meet. Human Nature is his attempt to share that; it's an invitation to rethink what you know from his very unique Japanese/artistic/visual perspective. Nothing is clear here except he wants you to react to his art. By throwing together attractiveness, nudity, viscous fluids, ambiguity, gore and sex, Amano creates horrendous images that inspire a quiet horror while simultaneously forcing the viewer to try to decipher their meaning.

 

Human Nature 03

Click image to enlarge.

 

Amano was a porn director before becoming a world-renowned photographer. In his work he strived for the something special: "I love to film the face of a woman desperately trying to keep from vomiting." In Human Nature, there are photographs in which he seemed to have the same goal in mind. As a result, the viewer is dragged into a world where nipples and tentacles collide and words simply become useless when trying to describe what is being seeing.

How can something be concurrently repugnant and sublime? You'll have to check out the book to seek an answer to that question. The best literature gets reviews full of adjectives and, in the case of Amano, the same needs to be done, but those adjectives have to be paired in order to convey the power of the images. Human Nature is sensual and monstrous, weird and fascinating, unique and repulsing, pornographic and titillating.

Mentioning extreme zoophile images might not be the best invitation to get a book, but keep in mind that the horrific slipperiness, dead frogs and strange antlered man with a dead turtle for underwear are only the surface. In Japanese, the same word is used for life and sex: Sei. Amano explores the limits of both, so I suggest buying the book and exploring those bizarre extremes with him.

 

Human Nature 04

Click image to enlarge.

 

Grades:

 

Overall: Fourstars Human Nature Amazon Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author
Gi Bio
Staff Writer
Gabino lives in Austin, Texas, where he reads an inordinate amount of books and pens down reviews only for the big bucks he makes doing so. When he was about 12, his mother would tell him that reading all the H.P. Lovecraft and Poe would not lead to anything good. Being on the staff page at HorrorTalk is the confirmation of that.
Recent Articles

Search

Popular Categories

YouTube

OBEY - CONSUME

1.260x260

Contests

  • 1

Join Us!

Hit the buttons below to follow us, you won't regret it...