Kowabana: 'True' Japanese scary stories from around the internet: Volume One
“This book left my spine tingling and had my heart racing for more.”
Want to know how to open the demon’s gate, or reach a parallel universe?
Think you can withstand the curse of a god hidden deep in a place that’s not supposed to exist?
Would you play Kokkuri-san, knowing it might be the last game you ever play?
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For whatever reason Asian horror is just creepier than any other horror I read or watch. The stories in this book are no exception. Told in sparse narrative, these stories have the air of a friend telling you about a local urban legend. Some weren’t my cup of tea or just dragged on a little too much but overall this book was a fun, creepy read.
A compilation of short stories that leave up to the title. The tales are not gruesome but instill fear with hints of the supernatural that are stranger than fiction. I will be reading the next book in the series. I hope it will keep me up at night and make me not want yo be alone in the dark. For horror, thriller, SciFi fans looking for something short and not so sweet.
Reading this book was a lot like sitting around a fire telling stories with friends. The stories are (mostly) very short and organised by theme. They are translations of Japanese urban legends, so anticipate that there will be some loose ends.
I first found Devlin while listening to podcasts, and reading her translations is equally enjoyable. If you are looking for some creepy stories to make you jump at noises in the dark, this is a good book for you!
This book truly opens eyes to eastern culture and their views on the supernatural many of which seem to respect the dead. This book left my spin tingling and had my heart racing for more cant wait to read volume two at some point.
Thus, a translated collection of creepypasta can be challenging. Most translated horror tends to be difficult because fears can be personal on both an individual level and a societal level. Can ...more