Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Edogawa Rampo has been called the Edgar Allan Poe of Japan, and with good reason. Each of the nine stories in this collection offers the reader a unique level of creepy discomfort with endings that still manage to surprise. “The Caterpillar” tells of a bitter wife trapped caring for her husband, a war veteran and quadruple amputee, while “The Human Chair” features a young author who is increasingly disturbed while reading the manuscript sent to her by a fan.

The book closes with “The Traveler with the Pasted Rag Picture,” a story of love so obsessive it transcends time—and fabric.  Edogawa is a master at capturing a reader’s attention through brisk pacing and eerie details, and you know you’ve stumbled upon quality writing when you find yourself subconsciously tucking your feet up off the floor to avoid the something that may be lurking beneath. Readers who grew up devouring Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will find Edogawa’s work to be a macabre graduation into the adult horror genre.

Request this book.

categories:             Adult             Fiction             Horror

2 thoughts on “Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination

  1. Hello There. I discovered your weblog the use of msn. This
    is an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of
    your useful information. Thank you for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s