楳図かずお, Umezz Kazuo
Date of birth: September 3 1936 Birthplace: Mount Kouya Wakayama prefecture Japan Kazuo is the grandmaster of Japanese horror manga. He published his first manga while still at high school and began working professionaly in the field after his graduation. His first creations were BetsuSekai Another World and MorinoKyoudai The Brother and Sister in a Forest. He mainly created his works for socalled Kashihon magazines that were not for sale but for rent. He developed his detailed horror style in 1962 when he settled in Tokyo. His works Kuchi ga Mimi made Sakeru Toki The Moment The Mouth Tears to Ears Hebi Shoujo The Snake Girl and Hitokobu Shoujo A Girl Who Has A Humanfaced Lump on Her Cheek were his first claims to fame as a master in the horror genre.