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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Aurora Publishing, Inc.
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1934496121
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Nightmares for Sale

Nightmares For Sale Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     November 07, 2008
Release Date: April 30, 2008

Nightmares For Sale Vol.#02
© Aurora Publishing, Inc.

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Kaoru Ohashi
Translated by: Ari Werry
Adapted by:  Nicholas Maragos

What They Say
Welcome once again to Shadow's Pawnshop, where love and dreams are sold in the form of mysterious magical items. But buyers beware, for nothing comes without a price! Containing six all-new disturbing tales of horror that delve into the deepest, darkest realm of human nature, Nightmares for Sale shows the price you must pay when you bargain with the Devil. For, as the saying goes, "When you strike a deal with the Devil, there'll be Hell to pay!"

The Review
The angelic faced Shadow and Maria are back, tempting unsuspecting clients with their magical merchandise. In love with a girl that can't stand the sight of you? This enchanted jewelry box will allow you to see her anytime you want! Or do you desire fame? A drink from this chalice will have you shooting to the top of the charts! Or maybe you're the victim of bullying? Well, this aromatic candle will take care of all your problems!

By the way, Shadow and Maria aren't just limited to the confines of their pawnshop. They've expanded to the Internet and offering psychological services for everything from poor self image to acute mental trauma. So you may want to think twice before accepting an offer that sounds too good to be true...

Ohashi continues this series with six additional tales of horror where our demonic troublemakers Shadow and Maria try to lure hapless humans to the dark ends. Interestingly, half the stories in this volume (My Precious Jewel, Dark Grail, and Meltdown) have endings that are more bittersweet than gruesome. However, the story Broken Angel more than makes up for the lack of gore in the other stories with a twisted mental institution plot reminiscent of bloody zombie horror flicks.

Extras include an afterword from the mangaka, a 40 page bonus horror manga, and ads for other Aurora titles.


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