Cover of the first comic volume (Italian edition)
|Genre||Drama, Horror, Psychological, Yaoi|
|Original run||2016 – 2019|
Killing Stalking (Korean: 킬링 스토킹) is a manhwa written and illustrated by Koogi. It was published online in Korean, English, and Japanese by Lezhin Comics and won the ₩100,000,000 Grand Prize Award at the Second Lezhin World Comics Contest.
Oh Sangwoo, a charming and smooth talker Korean college student, who turns out to be a sadistic serial murderer, kidnaps Yoon Bum, a strange and exiled man, who has been obsessively stalking him. The story starts developing when Bum decides to enter Sangwoo's house when he's away, finding out that the man Oh portrays to the world has nothing to do with reality. The moment the house owner discovers that Bum broke in and saw what he's been hiding, he decides to hold him captive. Despite being an object of affection for Bum, Sangwoo abuses and tortures him. The plot follows his multiple attempts of breaking free and its consequences and them slowly growing a deep, toxic interest in each other.
- Yoon Bum (윤범)
Yoon Bum is the main character of Killing Stalking. Due to his parents dying when he was little, Bum was given to his grandmother and uncle with the latter severely abusing, raping and starving him, making Yoon Bum a life long abused victim due to also getting bullied in school, getting sexually abused and raped in military and Oh Sangwoo abusing him in several ways as well. Getting little to no affection from anyone, Bum frequently cut his wrists due to loneliness and gets attached to those who show him affection, making him a sensitive person. Central to Yoon Bum's character is his obsessive love for Oh Sangwoo, a university classmate with whom he serves in the military. Due to the requirement for mandatory military service in Korea, Bum receives affirmation of his enlistment after his first semester of college, despite his previous presumption that his low body weight would exempt him from active duty. He is ostracized in his unit, and his commander attempts to rape him. He is later told that the attempt was stopped by Sangwoo and it led Bum to see him as a savior. When Yoon completes his military service, he sees Sangwoo with a girl, ending up in despair as he now thinks Sangwoo is straight. Bum's "crush" transforms into an obsession, perhaps fueled by the fact that he has Borderline Personality Disorder and Sangwoo was one of the first persons who, in Bum's eyes, showed him affection by saving him. Although he attempts to deny his feelings of attachment toward Sangwoo, Bum is unable to stifle them and "wouldn't be able to forget as easily as before."
- Oh Sangwoo (오상우)
Oh Sangwoo is the second main character of Killing Stalking, the Antagonist. He is a classmate of Yoon Bum after Bum enrolled college for 4 years and is enlisted in the same military unit as him. He saves Bum from an attempted rape by his superiors, which causes Sangwoo to become the object of Bum's obsessive affections. Sangwoo adopts a "happy, energetic" face, a light-hearted teasing toneq and is often shown to be smiling, even when making eye-contact with strangers. In contrast to Bum, Sangwoo is popular, has a large circle of friends, and is considered very attractive. According to Bum, Sangwoo's "empathetic, considerate, gentle aura" has ensnared many. However, these traits mask his true, psychopathic, sadistic characteristics. A victim of a horrible home environment, Sangwoo murdered both of his parents while he was in high school, and was never named as a suspect of the crimes. When facing his victims, his emotions vacillate between mercy and violent hostility; this dynamic allows him to ensnare Yoon Bum, as he sometimes shows Bum enough mercy for him to consider himself a favorite of Sangwoo's. Sangwoo tends to consider people who are fooled by his public face to be beneath him. He uses harsh language with his victims, including expletives and slurs. He appears to favor female victims but is not hesitant about displaying violence toward men, despite telling Yoon Bum that he has not murdered a man since his father's death in high school.
- Yang Seungbae (양승배)
Yang Seungbae is a former investigator who has been demoted to patrolling police officer. As is noted by his superior, he appears to pry too much into investigations and trusts his (usually accurate) intuitions even when lacking evidence. Dutiful and prone to skepticism, he often second-guesses others' conclusions. These traits prove to be detrimental, as they cost him his position on the investigation team. Three years earlier, he had looked into the murder of Oh Sangwoo's parents. Though the case was declared cold, he investigated further and became suspicious of the assumption that the culprit was a burglar, finding the evidence of a break-in too convenient. This left him apprehensive of Sangwoo's character.
Killing Stalking became a popular manhwa in early 2017 due to its dark themes, display of psychological manipulation, and depiction of physical abuse and violence. The manhwa has an average rating of 4.4/5 (based on 1,280 votes) on Anime-Planet. On Goodreads, the mahnwa has an average rating of 4.27 out of 5 (based on 1558 votes) and 186 reviews.