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Author : Dr Richard Freeman
ISBN : 1909488011
Genre : Fiction
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In Edo Period Japan, the game of Hyakumonogatari - or one hundred stories - was a popular pastime. A hundred candles in blue lanterns were lit and placed on a table before a mirror. Each person would tell a story of a ghost, monster or strange occurrence, then blow out one of the candles. When the last candle was blown out it was said that a horned blue spirit, Aoandon, would manifest in the mirror. Hyakumonogatari grew so popular that in 1908 the Japanese government forbade the telling of horror stories. Doubtless the gatherings carried on as a clandestine thrill, and what stories must have been told! Japanese folklore is the strangest on earth. Its monsters and its ghosts (collectively known as yokai) outstrip any other culture in their sheer weirdness. Here, in the first of a four-volume collection, is the beginning of a modern Hyakumonogatari. This menagerie of yokai includes hair-eating horrors, spawning dragon-gods, zombie whales, venomous rats, cannibal skeletons with slime-mould brains, ancient hominans, perverse water imps, devils of straw and monsters of cloth. Sick of vampires and werewolves? This night parade of Japanese daemons will re-light your love of horror with a whole pantheon of new ghosts and monsters from the pen of Richard Freeman who brought you the acclaimed horror collection Green Unpleasant Land: 18 Tales of British Horror.
Category: Fiction

Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark

Author : Lucia Peters
ISBN : 9781452179902
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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What begins as a test of bravery or a sleepover activity—chanting in front of a mirror, riding an elevator alone, taking pictures in the dark—can become something . . . dangerous. This compendium collects the most spine-chilling games based on urban legends from around the world. Centuries–old games such as Bloody Mary and Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board are detailed alongside new games from the internet age, like The Answer Man, a sinister voice that whispers secrets to whomever manages to contact him with a cellphone. With step-by-step instructions, historical context, and the stakes for each game, this black handbook is the ideal gift for anyone looking for a late-night thrill—but beware who, or what, may come out to play.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit


Author : Zack Davisson
ISBN : 9780988769359
Genre : Social Science
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An eerie yet insightful exploration into the phenomenon of yurei, or Japanese ghosts, both past and present.
Category: Social Science

The Book Of Yokai

Author : Michael Dylan Foster
ISBN : 9780520271012
Genre : History
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Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.
Category: History

Morphologies Of Mystery

Author : Michael Dylan Foster
ISBN : STANFORD:36105118486161
Genre : Folklore
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Category: Folklore

The Minder Wench Otogi B Ko

Author : Ryōi Asai
ISBN : STANFORD:36105017816492
Genre : Ghost stories, Japanese
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Category: Ghost stories, Japanese

Japanese Ghosts Demons

Author : Stephen Addiss
ISBN : IND:39000005569244
Genre : Art
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The first study and collection of Japanese supernatural art, this illustrated volume shows how Japan's long tradition of brilliant artists attempted to understand the mysteries of the world
Category: Art

Author : British Library
ISBN : UOM:39015034268824
Genre : Early printed books
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This catalogue contains detailed descriptions of 635 books printed and published in Japan from the origins of printing in the eighth century up to the year 1700. It comprises The British Library's entire collection of Japanese antiquarian books, built up over the last 250 years and reckoned to be the most extensive outside Japan. Most of the books desscribed were printed from engraved wood blocks, but 72 are early moveable-type editions printed from wooden or bronze type between circa 1590 and 1640.
Category: Early printed books

Catalogue Of Auction

Author : Christie's East (Firm)
ISBN : UCAL:$B205508
Genre : Art auctions
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Twentieth Century Literary Criticism

Author : Gale Research Company
ISBN : UOM:39015068881815
Genre : Literature, Modern
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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.
Category: Literature, Modern

Night Voices Night Journeys

Author : 朝松健
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124287512
Genre : Fiction
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This massive collection of original stories and articles inspired by the 'Cthulhu Mythos' created by H.P. Lovecraft was published in Japan in 2002 as a two-volume set under the name Hishinkai. The list of contributing authors is a who's-who of Japanese horror fiction, featuring some of the finest writers in Japan today. In cooperation with Tokyo Sogensha, the Japanese publishers, and the anthology editor, Mr. Asamatsu Ken, we are proud to present these dark visions of the Mythos as interpreted by Japanese authors. You will find some stories that return like old friends, carrying on the Lovecraft tradition, while others will shock you with totally new and unexpected vistas of horror. Each story is accompanied by a thought-provoking introduction by Robert M. Price, the recognized master of the Mythos. The cover is by Yamada Akihiro, who has handled many of the covers for the Japanese-language editions of Lovecraft and other Mythos works, and has established a name for himself in the States as well.
Category: Fiction

Spirits Of Another Sort

Author : M. Cody Poulton
ISBN : UOM:39015050731846
Genre : Drama
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The first work in any language to focus on the plays of Izumi Kyoka, a major literary figure in modern Japan.
Category: Drama

Oriental Humour

Author : Reginald Horace Blyth
ISBN : IND:30000061588228
Genre : Chinese wit and humor
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Category: Chinese wit and humor

Monogatari No Yokub

Author : Eiji Sekine
ISBN : STANFORD:36105017676185
Genre : Japanese literature
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Category: Japanese literature