Ebisu Yoshikazu. Television star, father of three, professional gambler, writer, cartoonist, pioneer. Since his debut in the legendary alt-manga magazine Garo in 1973, Ebisu has been spinning out surreal nightmares that combine the edgiest styles of Tokyo''s artistic counterculture with the absurd and infuriating realities of work and life in the big city. A cult classic upon its publication in 1981, The Pits of Hell offers nine stories that established Ebisu as one of the leading figures of the ugly-but-amazingÂ movement, the Japanese equivalent of punk and new wave. If you've ever wanted to sabotage a lecture about the Mughal Empire, control race boats through telekinesis, or rip your boss's head off with a crowbar, this is the book for you.