Webtoons to Read If You Don’t Want to Sleep

Sometimes you’re in the mood to get PTSD, other times you just don’t want to sleep.

Fortunately, others have blessed us with their talents and created creepy stories to keep us from getting that small taste of death at night, also known as sleep.

Nocturne

One day, you awaken to realize the world is monochrome. Literally – you can no longer see colors; your skin is gray, your speckled pjs are various shades of gray, even your bright, pink nail polish you meticulously painted on the night before is black.

You venture outside only to discover a giant, gray forest has grown around your house obscuring everything – a forest that’s pulsating with life. Panicked, you attempt to run back inside only to realize you can’t move because an angry tree root has tethered itself to you and is slowly dragging you beneath the ground. You let out a desperate cry for help, but alas! There’s nothing but forest around. The tree buries you up to your neck. Just as you close your eyes to greet a slow, painful death – you’re stopped. A faint howl wafts past your ears and you open your eyes. Some sort of shadowy, red-eyed creature stands a few feet away from you, staring down right at your head.

That’s basically what reading Nocturne is like.

Sadly, Nocturne updates rather sporadically but it has major Junji Ito vibes. It’s mostly a series of random tales, and they’re super short too in case you have to wake up for work tomorrow but still want to be nervous as you lay in bed, staring at the dark abyss also known as your ceiling.

Nocturne Rating: 9/10

Gremory Land

A bunch of teens go to an horror-themed amusement park called Gremory Land. All is fun and games, except just kidding!

From the start, there wasn’t much appealing about Gremory Land but when you toss machete wielding killers dressed as animals, rides designed to butcher you, and the traumatic back-stories of everyone involved into the mix, it’s even less fun.

Gremory Land is written by the same author as Melvina’s Therapy (which I also recommend). It has a neat twist ending that will either leave you amazed, or scratching your head in confusion.

Still, it’s uber creepy.

Gremory Land Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten (Foul Smell)

You’re a child living in an apartment alone – your landlord is an actual pedophilic demon, resembling a cross between the woman in black and the crypt creeper. The giant ogre of a man living downstairs is a serial killer; your neighbor’s apartment smells like something dead is rotting inside of it. Oh and you can see ghosts, none of whom are as terrifying as the humans around you.

That’s basically the plot of Rotten – there’s a room full of shoes, a missing girl and a twin in search of her, and a cop who can literally smell evil. Somehow, Jaeshin is tossed into the middle of all these things as he attempts to exist without dying.

Rotten is part thriller, part horror that will leave you stressed and seeing weird faces for a long time.

Rotten Rating: 9.5/10

Tales of Terrible Things

As you’re driving down the road after work, everything becomes a gaussian blur of pastel pinks, blues, and yellows.

Momentarily in awe of the beauty around you, you fail to see the ghostly half-bear, half-eagle creature in the middle of the road. Swerving, you over-correct and smash into the guard rail, flipping right over it. The car lands in a heap after sliding down the mountain, though somehow you’re still alive and well. Bloodied, you scramble out of the vehicle only to find the world is still a gaussian blur and there are ghostly, mutated animals everywhere.

Anyway, Tales of Terrible Things are a series of terrible stories, most of which have an awesome twist. The author is such a good writer that even me, who is the queen of predicting how things ends, is often surprised. It’s only flaw is that it updates sporadically but the author (Sarah Rydholm) is probably busy. She also has a Patreon.

Tales of Terrible Things Rating: 10/10

Witch Creek Road

Picture your average teenagers getting killed in violent ways by murderous but attractive, supernatural creatures in the woods and then add the end of humanity to the mix and you have Witch Creek Road.

The story does indeed start out with a bunch of teenagers on their way to death headed to the woods for a fun night of drinking, partying, and fooling around only to encounter a group of witches who have sinister plans. You’d think that’s where the story ends, but actually it’s only just begun. There’s a skinned man, a talking gun, and Pandora’s box – if that sounds confusing, it is.

Still, it’s all very creepy.

Witch Creek Road Rating: 6.7/10

Silent Horror

A bunch of incredibly sweaty people who never speak have horrible things happen to them – that’s the plot.

What makes Silent Horror exceptional though is just how squicky it is. Most of the stories are pretty short, but they’re all delightfully violent if you’re a wicked soul like me.

You use to be able to read it on Webtoon, but because Webtoon is full of pansies, you can now read it on Tapas instead, though a handful of stories are still on Webtoon.

Silent Horror Rating: 8.5/10

Ghost Teller

Ghost therapy in the afterlife – a group of ghosts get together to tell the scariest stories of all: stories about humans. Given that all the characters are ghosts, you know none of these stories end well.

Ghost Teller isn’t really scary in the bloody, violent, creepy faces sense but most of these stories hit a little too close to home in being something that could easily happen in real life.

It has two seasons, both of which are equally depressing and thought-provoking; all the stories feature different characters with various tales of woe. It’s enough misery to keep you up into the wee hours of the morning, stewing over the cruelty of humanity.

Ghost Teller Rating: 9.5/10

Overcoming Post Anime Depression Syndrome

Also known as PADS.

Have you ever watched an anime (Hunter x Hunter) that was so, darn good every other anime simply paled in comparison? All your joy for life anime = g o n e faster than you can say bungee gum has the properties of both rubber and gum gone. There’s this deep, loathsome feeling of angst where you find yourself randomly yelling out, “[m]eaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Everything is meaningless!”, between bouts of uncontrollable woe.

Maybe you even tried getting into other anime like Tokyo Ghoul, Demon Slayer, Boku Hero AcaWhatever, and it just didn’t live up to the greatness of The Anime.

Congrats! You’ve got Post Anime Depression Syndrome. Symptoms often include:

  • feelings of emptiness
  • unexplainable sadness
  • randomly humming the theme song of your fav anime
  • dressing up in cosplay in your bedroom alone at one thirty-three am
  • writing fanfiction related to your fav anime
  • staring blankly into space
  • other things

However, all is not lost. Here are some ways you can overcome Post Anime Depression Syndrome (PADS) and learn to #MakeAnimeFunAgain.

1. Re-watch Hunter x Hunter The Anime

Often I binge through something so quickly, I end up overlooking the duller parts. A re-watch (pending The Anime isn’t One Piece level long) allows you to focus less on the thrill of what’s going to happen next and more on the story itself, meaning you’re more likely to see flaws you may not have noticed before, which could take The Anime down a few pegs.

Realizing that even The Anime isn’t as great as you initially thought it was can help you move on to yellow greener pastures.

Didn’t work for me, but it’s worth a shot.


2. Accept the reality there will never be an anime as good as Hunter x Hunter- The Anime

“Reality is often disappointing,” (Thanos, 2018).

Nevertheless, denying it doesn’t make reality any less real.

Acknowledging and accepting nothing will ever be as good as The Anime can help you move forward.

3. Stop comparing every anime to Hunter x Hunter The Anime

“Comparison is the thief of joy,” (Thanos, 2018). (Iron Man, probably.)

Life is sort of like a self-fulfilling prophesy – what you seek, you’ll find. Except sometimes what you’re looking for can’t be found, thus comparing every anime to The Anime is like shooting yourself in the foot. Don’t go into a new anime hoping it’ll be like The Anime; instead, try to enjoy it for what it is.

4. Do something non-anime related

  • Watch a regular show like The Witcher or… Sweet Home.
  • Spend some time outdoors contemplating your mortality. Nothing like realizing you could die at any moment doing literally anything to take your mind off anime in general.
  • Read articles about plane crashes. Nothing like thinking about the deaths of others to get your mind off anime.
  • Do something that could kill you – like jump out of a plane, go bungee jumping, take up mountain biking, start a brawl at a local fraternity, play Russian roulette with the gals/bros, etc. because what’s life without the mild threat of death? Boring, that’s what.
  • Get something yummy to eat. Eat it. Nothing like a good meal to fatten you up for the slaughter take your mind off anime.

5. Die

Can’t think about anime if you’re dead.

6. Spend some time socializing

Get coffee with a friend, go for a nice hike with your family, take a baking class with the gals/bros.

7. Take up some new hobbies

I enjoy hiking, baking, walking, writing, reading, and gaming. I’m sure there are other hobbies but obviously mine are the best.

8. Read your Bible

Nothing like some good, old- fashioned Jesus time to take your mind off anime.

Hopefully, one (or none) of these tips will help you overcome PADS and learn to love anime again.

Webtoons To Read If You Want PTSD

Have you ever been in the mood to be absolutely miserable?

Same.

Obviously there isn’t enough trauma in real life, so here are some webtoons that will leave you traumatized for life.

*mild spoilers*

Days Of Hana

Haru and hook sitting in the green grass beneath a tree, vibing

It’s the year 2024. Covid is a distant memory. You’re on a plane going to Hawaii for a week of fun vacation, vibing to The Killers. 4 hours and 22 minutes into your flight, the oxygen masks pop down. You frantically pull yours on whilst glancing out the window only to realize the plane is spiraling straight into the ocean. Bam! Somehow, you’re alive yet seriously injured as “When You Were Young” plays softly through your AirPods, though not quite loud enough to muffle the screams and cries of those around you, who realize they’re about to drown as the plane fills with salt water.

That’s what reading Days of Hana is like.

Days of Hana is basically a long metaphor for racism – werewolves are slaves to humans, not allowed to be educated or have any of the basic rights humans possess for no reason other than they’re “dangerous”. Initially, the story comes off as a romance between the human Hana and the werewolf Haru.

It’s not.

Days of Hana Rating: 9/10

Uriah

Uriah is still ongoing and just returned for season 2. It’s basically about red-haired Thumbless, who wakes up alone in a car (missing a thumb) with the word murderer carved onto his back. He’s also on an island where there’s a 90% chance whoever he comes across is an escaped prisoner; the other 9% of people he might see will force him to make a snuff video.

On the bright side, Thumbless finds quite literally the only person on the island who won’t hurt him on site: the goddess Nathalie. On the downside, the people who want to snuff him are still alive and actively looking for him. One of them is a cop too.

ACAB (jk). You will need eye bleach after reading this though.

Uriah Rating: 9/10

Distant Sky

Jupiter is in Earth’s orbit, causing entire cities to sink hundreds of meters below the Earth’s surface. People turn into mindless cannibals at the speed of light. There’s no food to be found anywhere, but there are talking heads on the ground. The government is shady and useless as is typical for apocalyptic fiction and reality. There are giant bugs, birds, frogs, etc. all of which want to throw hands. In all this mess, two kids, Heeyool and Haneul, are trying to survive.

Fittingly, there’s a panel where a ship named “Hope” sinks into a turbulent ocean.

That’s basically what reading Distant Sky feels like.

Distant Sky Rating: 8.5/10

Killing Stalking

Reading Killing Stalking is sort of like jumping into an active volcano. As you hike to the volcano’s rim, you’re breathing in sulfur and whatnot that’s basically killing you softly slowly. Yet, for some reason you keep going. Somehow, you arrive at the volcano’s rim, still alive. You know exactly what will happen if you jump, yet you still take the plunge. Unsurprisingly, you die. If somehow you don’t instantly die of oxygen deprivation as you fall towards the lava, you’ll probably catch on fire and burn to death.

Killing Stalking follows Yoon Bum, a stalker with a crush on Sangwoo, who turns out to also be a stalker-serial-killer-rapist-psychopath that develops a “crush” on Bum, except there’s literally nothing romantic about anything in this story. The only acceptable ships here are SangwooxPrison, SangwooxLethalInjection, YoonBumXJesus, and YoonBumxTherapy.

Killing Stalking is straight up psychological horror where the ending will leave you feeling like justice was served… but also weirdly conflicted that justice was actually served.

Killing Stalking rating: 9.5/10

Forest Of Humans

Forest of Humans is basically “another one bites the dust” in webtoon form.

Ru, a young woman, gets invited to be part of some sort of shady test on serial killers I have trouble believing anyone would accept. However, she does accept the gig and winds up in some no-security facility where predictably the serial killers get loose and do as serial killers do: kill.

Things rapidly go from 0 to 100, but fortunately one of killers decides to help a sista out because obviously we needed something to ship in a story as grim as this. Ru is tasked with trying to maintain her humanity and sanity, while trying to escape a den of murderers.

Forest Of Humans Rating: 7.7/10

Melvina’s Therapy

If by therapy, you mean successfully making one of her patients rip her own eyeballs out, Melvina is a great therapist. If you define therapy by literally any other definition, no.

Melvina’s Therapy is an interesting look at mental illness and what it looks like when a person is essentially abused into insanity, but also has supernatural powers. The plot is hard to explain, but basically Melvina is a therapist who typically makes everything for her clients worse, and by worse someone ends up in a casket.

Melvina’s Therapy Rating: 8.5/10

Pigpen

Pigpen is what I imagine feeling high is like. You really don’t have any idea what’s going on for the majority of the story, and neither does the main character. Nevertheless, it’s a fun time.

A man washes up on a weird island with no memories and soon discovers a weird Bed and Breakfast owned by an ever weirder family who owns a bunch of weird pigs. Everything is incredibly sus from the moment this dude wakes up and he has almost no survival subtly skills, yet he somehow remains alive.

The tale’s part psychological thriller, part horror that has a twist ending that’ll leave you feeling some type of way.

Pigpen Rating: 8.5/10

Sweet Home

Sweet Home introduces us to Hyun Cha, a depressed, bullied recluse, whose parents are killed in a car crash within the first episode (seemingly by someone who was undergoing monsterization…). He’s now alone and planning to commit suicide after Maria In The Sky comes out. Unfortunately, the world ends and people start turning into monsters before Maria makes her grand re-appearance and Hyun goes from King of Internet Trolls to King of the Electric Spear all whilst literally battling his own inner demons enticing him to become a monster.

Sweet Home is an interesting look at human nature and desires, particularly how even seemingly innocent desires (like wanting to become strong) can manifest themselves in dangerous ways (Brotein, anyone?).

It’s also a k-drama.

Sweet Home Rating: 10/10

Shotgun Boy

Shotgun Boy is ongoing and is the predecessor to Sweet Home. It’s basically if Hyun was planning to become a school shooter rather than a hikikomori (side note: is Carnby Kim okay? Many of his stories involve some seriously disturbing bullying…).

The main character, Gyuhwan, is bullied violently, ostracized by his classmates, ignored by his teachers, and then sent on some dumb retreat where whilst fleeing from his bully he stumbles upon a shotgun in the woods. A shotgun which becomes the only thing standing between his classmates living to see another day and the death of everyone by the hands of literal tentacle monsters.

He’s finally given the chance to do what he wanted everyone else to do murder all his classmates fight for what’s right even when it seems hopeless. Nevertheless, it’s an overall bleak tale about a bullied kid forced to battle shapeshifting monsters in order to save human monsters.

Shotgun Boy Rating: 9/10