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Kaiki (new release)

Posted by Dark Whisperer on February 28, 2011

by various authors

The second volume in our Kaiki series moves from Edo, the center of Japan during the Shogunate, into the country, where old traditions and older fears are preserved. Enjoy a deeper and very different glimpse into the world of Japanese weird and supernatural literature, with superlative works drawn from centuries of literary creation. Includes an in-depth introduction to the genre by recognized authority Higashi Masao.

Table of Contents:

  • Robert Weinberg “Preface―The Subtle Ambiance of Japanese Horror”
  • Higashi Masao “Introduction: The Rise of Japanese Weird Fiction” – translated by Miri Nakamura
  • Yanagita Kunio “Selections from ‘Legends of Tono'” – translated by Pamela Ikegami
  • Natsume Soseki “The Third Night, from ‘Ten Nights’ Dream'” – translated by Kathleen Taji
  • Izumi Kyoka “Sea Daemons” – translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
  • Hirai Tei’ichi “Midnight Encounters” – translated by Brian Watson
  • Takahashi Katsuhiko “Reunion” – translated by Andrew Cunningham
  • Uchida Hyakken “A Short Night” – translated by Andrew Clare
  • Komatsu Sakyo “The Kudan’s Mother” – translated by Mark Gibeau
  • Hikage Jokichi “The Clock Tower of Yon” – translated by Rossa O’Muireartaigh
  • Nakajima Atsushi “The Mummy” – translated by Ruselle Meade
  • Akiyama Ayuko “Only Child” – translated by Stephen Carter

“Writing about the first book in this series, Kaiki, Uncanny Tales from Japan, Tales of Old Edo, I called the collection “must reading for anyone interested in the history or development of horror and fantastic literature.” With this second volume, Country Delights, my recommendation remains as enthusiastic as before. If anything, as a historian of modern supernatural fantasy and horror writing, my appreciation for the dark side of Japanese fiction continues to grow.” -Robert Weinberg, preface

Kurodahan Press


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