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Kowabana: 'True' Japanese scary stories from around the internet: Volume One Kindle Edition
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?
In Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet Vol. 1 you’ll find over 100 raw Japanese tales of terror. These tales, originally posted anonymously to the internet and translated for the first time right here, paint a picture of Japan that most don’t see, and a horror most have never experienced. These are the ‘true’ terrifying tales told around the internet campfire by everyday people; warts and all. You’ll find tales of vengeful ghosts and yurei, murder and suicide, cursed objects and haunted shrines, abandoned buildings and crowded city trains, yokai and much, much more.
You’ve never experienced horror like this before. Click the buy button to experience the true terror of the East right now.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0762N7ZMC
- Publisher : Orochi Press (October 13, 2017)
- Publication date : October 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 985 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,475 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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So, this book is a collection of short stories from around the internet in Japan. Creepy pastas, urban legends, those sort of things. Most of the stories in this book are good and fun to read. A few made me stare at my ceiling for a few hours instead of actually falling asleep.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Japanese culture, scary stories, or just wants something new to read. There are a few minor spelling mistakes, but easily ignored and don't take you out of the story. Over all a wonderful book. I'm excited to buy the next two books as well as Tara's newest book, Toshiden.
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!
Because of the wide variety of stories, the book was broken up into different sections, featuring locations, curses, Obon (a Japanese "holiday" to honor the dead taking place at the end of summer), and many more. By far, my favorite section was the one at the end entitled "When You Understand." These stories are very open-ended and each one of them had a chilling, horrible twist. I also found this section slightly educational, since some of the "twists" were plays on Japanese words/pronunciation/phrases. As someone who's always had at least a passing interest in Japanese, I loved the little bites of information.
Not all of the stories were chilling or even scary, but the translation work was great, and I look forward to reading more in Volume Two. Also, as a sort of last word here, I enjoyed that the lengths of the stories varied, but many of them were quick enough to be read in the time it takes to get a coffee order at Starbucks (which for me, where I am, is usually between 3-6 minutes).
Top reviews from other countries
Kowabana's tales vary in length, but are always short enough that you can read one and then put the book down until you have more free time. There are also translators notes at the end of few stories to help place the story into context or to explain a concept that may be Japanese (such as the play on words in "I'll Grant Your Wish"). My favourite story was "If Your Going To Kill Yourself, Why Don't You Sleep With Me First?", as I found the premise very interesting in that the entire story is based on a conversation about suicide between (mainly) two people. I also really enjoyed the "Obon" and "Buildings" chapters.
Tara A. Devlin's "Kowabana" (I gobbled those books up) are series of urban legends and scary stories, and the painstaking care with which they had been collated and translated is obvious. On a personal level, some of the stories resonate with me - that inability to "see," but wholly able to experience - while others counter-intuitively made me wonder what would happen if /I/ went to a particular place. These modern spins on urban legends were the exact sort of thing I hadn't realized were missing from my study of obake, yokai, and strange happenings, and I would like to think have inspired me to be more conscious of my surroundings.
Tara, if you are reading this - thank you! I look forward to more!