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A selection of deliciously spooky short stories from the Japanese master of suspense, the acclaimed author of RING. The first story in the collection has been filmed as DARK WATER.
Published by ฺฺBliss (first published 1996)
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You might not be aware of Koji Suzuki, you might not be aware of Hideo Nakata who adapted his work for the screen, but I'm sure you know the American version of The Ring. It was the first American remake of a Japanese horror, and to this day it remains the best.

Everyone knows The Ring movie, but not everyone knows that it was adapted from part one of a trilogy of novels. A few years ago, late summer, I got the first one and read it in two days. It intrigued me well enough to hunt down the other...more
Scott Ferry
Finished the book... my favorite story was Watercolours. They all retained a more supernatural and elemental feel them. Not so much scary but more otherworldly.. and the power of water itself on the mind.

I am not used to reading short stories, but the farther i went from one to the next i really got into it. I like how he wraps the ending epilogue and story with the beginning entry.
This was a very bland translation - its "prose" was so basic and to-the-point that made it hard to stay interested at times.

Also, on a different note, there seemed to be a running theme of domestic violence against women, and a lot of the women are either written as quiet and docile, or badgering and materialistic. In the title story, "Dark Water", the main character is described as prudish, seeing sex as something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Maybe the author is hinting that something ir...more
American horror buffs may not know the name of Koji Suzuki, but the American version of his work Ring remains to date the creepiest horror flick I've ever had the pleasure to watch. So when I came across several translated books of his during our Japan stay, I naturally had to pick one up. I recognized the title Dark Water from another American adaptation of his work, and while I'm given to understand that the movie actually wasn't all that impressive, I hoped that by going to the source I'd get...more
A collection of horror short stories by the author whose work was adapted to make The Ring and, well, Dark Water. The story that was the basis for the latter opens this collection and sets the tone for it as well. All of these stories involve creepiness in, on, or related to water in some way, and if you had to pick a single theme most likely to scare the crap out of me, water would be it. This is why I can’t put any stock in astrological signs: I’m a Pisces, and nothing skeeves me out more than...more
There is this danger about having an preassumption about something. I just looked at the writer's name and thought this book will spook me well. But even the spookiest writer sometimes got tired of writing spooky things. Isn't that true Suzuki-san?

As horror stories, these are most horrible. They didn't even raise any single hair of mine. Anywhere. But as fantasy stories, they are really nice. If I make sure that I have much room for fantasy in my pretty little head, these stories serve as the ig...more
Dieses Buch habe ich von Piiii zum Geburtstag bekommen und natürlich war es mir vorher ein Begriff, alleine schon durch den gleichnamigen Film, welchen ich mir - als Japanfan - natürlich auch reingezogen habe.

Aber wie hat mir das Buch mit den 7 Kurzgeschichten gefallen, konnte es mich überzeugen oder eher nicht?

Dieses Werk von Koji Suzuki ist in mehrere kleine Kurzgeschichten sowie einem Prolog und einem Epilog aufgeteilt.

Mit jeder einzelnen Geschichte greift der Autor das Thema Wasser auf, we...more
A well-elaborated collection of horror short stories. Water being the connecting theme.

'Adrift' was my favourite. It felt reminiscent of Lovecraft.

'Floating Water' led to a Japanese movie entitled "Dark Water", a good movie from what I remember (the Hollywood remake falling short, as usual). The story is very predictable, but it's still capable of creating an eerie atmosphere.

'The Hold', and actually most of the short stories, is predictable as well. This one brings up the cycle created by dysfu...more
Das Buch hat mich total verwirrt, da mir vorher nicht bewusst war, dass es sich um Kurzgeschichten handelt...ich dachte, dass die Geschichten miteinander zusammenhängen und am Ende miteinander verknüpft werden würden, was aber nicht wirklich passiert ist, außer, dass der Prolog und Epilog mit einer Kurzgeschichte in Zusammenhang stehen.

Ein, zwei der Geschichten waren wirklich sehr atmosphärisch und haben mir eine Gänsehaut beschert. Die anderen habe ich eher als etwas langweilig erlebt bzw. auch...more
If you've seen or heard of the J-horror flick Dark Water, you may be expecting this book to be the basis of it. And you wouldn't be wrong... entirely. This is indeed a collection of Japanese horror stories, and the first one was indeed the basis for that film (and of course its later American remake). However, the title of the book is not taken from that story, which is actually translated "Floating Water". Nor will you see much water in that story, actually; it still plays the same role in the...more
The Writer
After the fantabulous horror-thriller trilogy of the Ring (Spiral and Loop included), I must say that I am hugely disappointed with this book.

It's like being banged down to earth after flying so high in the seventh horror book heaven. Suzuki, which has brilliantly writing about genetic, psychokinetic and horror at the same time, is seemed has lost his touch with this one. The book feels empty, the horror stories (the book consists of many different stories connected with water) are mostly hangin...more
I do get the feeling that my initial expectations could well have ruined my reading of this book, but in the end this was an interesting read. I was pretty unimpressed by the translation from the get-go; however, by the epilogue I thought it worth finishing.

I am absolutely going to have to read this in Japanese, which, lucky me, I can do. My impression of this book, and most especially in the first three or more stories, was that both the writing AND each story's premise seemed pretty damn bland...more
Dark Water è una raccolta di racconti “horror” uniti dal filo conduttore dell’acqua e da un prologo ed un epilogo che fungono da cornice. I racconti provocano un senso di tensione costante più che di terrore, creando mondi “normali” in cui pian piano si insinua un elemento discordante e a volte soprannaturale. La bellezza di questi racconti risiede proprio nella loro quotidianità profanata, e nel considerare l’horror un genere in cui non si deve per forza essere brutali, eccessivi e truculenti.

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Rézina Dějová
Soubor několika krátkých hororových povídek, které vlastně nejsou většinou vůbec strašidelné. Všechny příběhy spojuje motiv vody. Takové vody, ve které se můžete utopit a ve které číhá nepojmenované zlo, co vás chce dostat.
Napětí je budováno zdařile, jenže povídky jsou rafinované asi jako jednotlivé epizody z Věřte-Nevěřte a žádná z nich nemá uspokojivé rozuzlení ani závěr.

Tři z povídek jsou podařené, zbytek průměrný až podprůměrný.
Možná jen prostě nejsem povídkový typ. Po Kruhu je to zklamání.

Water. It gives life, but can take it away. We need it, but it can also kill us in countless ways. And it's the center of "Dark Water," Koji Suzuki's collection of short stories. While the now-legendary "Ring" author has a knack for visceral horror, he just isn't in his element when writing shorts.

The most prominent story is "Floating Water," which has already been made into the film "Honogurai mizu no soko kara" and is being remade for American audiences, starring Jennifer Connelly. Newly-divor...more
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Suzuki is widely known for his book Ring which was made into a full length Japanese movie (then remade for a US audience). His sequels Spiral and Loop have also garnered widespread appreciation. This collection of short stories are beyond chilly. His style is simple, easy to follow, and perfect for short stories. Each tale spins a net of characters that tug at our heart strings, excite us into anger, and criss cross sympathy and perplexity. With a focus on water, dark spinning angry waters, the...more
Dull and disappointing.

The first story (Floating Water) seemed the strongest of the seven -- which actually isn't saying all that much. While all seven stories are connected by the common thread of water, this story was the one that seemed to have the strongest direct connection to water. Unfortunately, it lacks any satisfying form of climax/conclusion. Whoops.

The second story (Solitary Isle) has such a painfully loose connection to the water thread -- mainly through an island that is made menti...more
Widely considered to be Japan's equivalent of Stephen King, Suzuki is better known as the author of the Ring - cult-book-turned-cult-movie. In this book, he bases his tales of horror around the Tokyo-Yokohama bay. I should hasten to add that I wasn't horrified by any of the stories, although one or two had a couple of moments of causing me anxiety. The stories are supposedly recounted by a grandmother to a young girl, but little other than the omnipresence of water links them. And of course all...more
Karen Hansen
I bought Koji Suzuki’s collection of short stories, “Dark Water” on a whim while perusing the horror section at Book Soup. I have no idea what made me buy this book. The author is described as “The Stephen King of Japan” multiple times on the praise on the back of the book, even calling him much better than King. I am not a King fan. Also, this is the author of “The Ring” books. I never read the books and did not see the Japanese version of the movie, but I thought the American version was hilar...more
The blurb at the flap says Suzuki is Japan's version of Stephen King.

I don't think so

Not to say that he isn't a good writer, or a good horror story writer for that matter. Both just have very different styles and different notions of what scares a person. In "Floating Water" (which movie buffs would recognize as the movie "Dark Water"), recounts the tale of a mother and daughter living in a new apartment haunted by something in their drinking water. The entire feel of his story is that of a cree...more
I thought that this book was marketed incorrectly. These stories aren't necessarily horror, nor are they all supernatural. They are all centered around reality, with supernatural elements implied in the background (see Dream Cruise as the more in-your-face exception). My favorites were definitely Forest Under the Sea and Adrift. Some of the stories are quite creepy, and all the stories are very atmospheric. I recommend it, but only for people who want something that is a bit more subdued (but st...more
Trinity Estridge
I loved The Ring, so I expecter a lot from this book. And it seems that I expected too much. It wasn't any bad, but I was a bit scared only once. I wanted to be truly terryfied, but it was dissappointing. Koji Suzuki has always been one of my most favourite japanese author, but I didn't like this book so much. Maybe I should read it before The Ring which was totally amazing. However, I enjoyed reading this one, but I expected something more.
Anesthesia Cat
This spooky is the spooky my mind does to itself.

It's the fear of something grabbing your foot when you're swimming in a lake on a midsummer night and dragging you down. You know it's just a plant brushing against your toes, but you can't be certain it isn't monsters.
The translation fails the reader, simple as that. Whether by being stridently faithful and trying to awkwardly convey Japanese expressions in clumsy English, or perhaps because the translator simply has a lousy ear for phrasing, the stories here suffer as a result. If you're the adventurous type who thinks they'd enjoy parsing the meaning beneath the mess, by all means, some of the stories seem to have some semblance of life. The title story, later adapted into an American film once the j-horror...more
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I really enjoyed this book. Can definately recommend it. It is a collection of short stories (I thought it was actually just one story, Dark Water, as the Japanese horror film). They are all spooky stories, connected by the theme of water, and the first story, Floating Water, is actually what the Japanese horror film, Dark Water, is based upon. This is the writer who also came up with The Ring, incidentally.

The writing is great, and the scary stories are more atmospheric...more
In this collection of short stories, Koji Suzuki, has put together a set of disturbing tales all centering around the theme of water. While American audiences are somewhat familiar to the titular story from the movie, Dark Water with Jennifer Connelly and Suzuki himself is much more well-known for his Ring series, Ring, Spiral and Loop (and the movies based on them: so far The Ring & Ring 2 and Ringu and Ringu 2).

This is a great creepily sinister set of tales perfect for fans of Koji Suzuki,...more
The best thing of this book is humans' desire to save their lives and the hope that the author gave his characters.
Translation was too heavily Americanised in places. Stories were very atmospheric but weren't quite tied up enough for me at the end. Overall enjoyable read.
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In addition to being considered "the Japanese Stephen King", Suzuki is also a respected writer on the subject of fatherhood in his native Japan. Several of his works have been adapted into movies, including "Ring" and the short story "Dark Water" from the collection of the same name, as well as a Manga series based on "Ring".
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