"A man awakes in the darkness and reaches over for his eyeglasses on the nightstand. The eyeglasses are placed in his hands." This is taken from the introduction of Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti and it tells a bare-bones weird story. It has a beginning, middle and an end and if read under the right circumstances--midnight, pitch black room, maybe a hefty wind going outside--it can scare you. And like most weird stories: it's short--this is shorter than most--and gives the reader a sense of unease; an unease of the unknown and the unexplainable. Fuan no Tane takes this structure and idea and runs with it.
Fuan no Tane, like our short story, uses that quick and short structure to tell its tales, each one weirder than the last; it's an interesting structure to work in. It's highly economical, leaving the fluff out the door and working with only the essential. The downside is that it leaves things like characterization, nuance, texture and the like that you can see/read in novellas, novels, and serial comics out-in-the-cold; it's a somewhat hefty trade-off.
I don't think this is a bad thing for
The structure also works in a way that a person would react and think in a situation like that. What I mean by that is, we may think of this a just a random experience; wrong place, wrong time. For us, there's no slow build up the horror--actually, let me go back on that. There might be, we could have done something that leads us to this path, but we're not going to be thinking of that at the time. We're not going to be having an introspective look at the situation, but we're going to be thinking "Why me?" That builds up or lack thereof leads me to something else.
You can make the argument that, maybe it's not fate or inevitability but random chance. But that too also has frightening consequences. There's no rhythm or reason to life, you could work your hardest and be a great person, but if the dice roll the wrong way, you're screwed. Both things have their own frightening consequences and can make you read and experience horror in very different ways.
I bring these themes up because they also play heavily in Fuan no
You can read all three volumes here (remember right to left when reading manga):
There's also a Fuan no Tane plus but imo, it's not as good as these three volumes. But if you want to read here it is: