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Kuchisake-onna, the slit-mouthed woman. Hasshaku-sama, the eight-foot tall woman. Hanako-san of the toilet. Teke Teke. Aka Manto. Sukima-onna.

For years Japan has thrilled and terrified us with its horror icons, making everything from toilets to gaps to wells to railway stations sites of terror. But that's not all. That's not even close.

Who, or what, is Kankandara, and why
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ebook, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Orochi Press
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Ginae B.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kowabana is an incredibly easy read and from what we understand, Japanese horrors are supposed to be an easy ready. Says author Tara Devlin;

It’s not intelligent horror, it’s the type of stuff you tell around the campfire (or on the internet) that doesn’t always make sense and is mostly just designed to get a cheap scare or two... Creepypastas with a Japanese twist.

We realized that this is part of the beauty of Kowabana!

All may read unless you are easily frightened.

This is Devlin's third installm
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Ryu Kikuchi
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The writing style seems to be a big improvement from the 1st volume and the stories scarier and carefully curated! Really spooked the skeleton out of me. Its not easy to translate Japanese stories as the translation ends up being devoid of emotion and details. It seems like most Japanese stories are written really weirdly too. So really great job in doing so!
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Tara A. Devlin studied Japanese at the University of Queensland before moving to Japan in 2005. She lived in Matsue, the birthplace of Japanese ghost stories, for 10 years, where her love for Japanese horror really grew. And with Izumo, the birthplace of Japanese mythology, just a stone’s throw away, she was never too far from the mysterious. You can find her collection of horror and fantasy writi ...more