Oriental Ghost Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 2007 - Ghost stories, English - 256 pages
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‘ – and the man saw that she had no eyes or nose or mouth – and he screamed.’Lafcadio Hearn’s fascinating and unsettling ghost stories are a reinterpretation of oriental legends, and folktales. They are a potent blend of weird beauty and horror.Hearn, who referred to his narratives as ‘stories and studies of strange things’, believed that the spectral world was part of the oriental landscape. Lakes, mountains, ruined castles and terraced fields were the natural locale of ghostly spirits, and their intervention in human affairs was part of the natural order of things. Hearn’s apparitions are not a violent intrusion upon everyday reality; they are already a part of that reality, co-existing with the living.This collection contains the best of the work of this neglected master of the supernatural tale. Prepare to be charmed and chilled in equal measure.

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An introduction to the beauty, elegance and folkloric horror of Japanese ghost stories. JS Read full review

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overall quite good. The style of writing can seem a bit muddled at times, and a small few of the stories don't seem to contain much of a ghostly element, but altogether entertaining. Read full review


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Hearn (1850-1904) was born in Levkas, Greece, as the son of Greek and British parents. In 1869 he went to the United States and did various work, finally as a journalist. In 1890 he came to Japan and taught English in Japanese schools, and became a Japanese citizen under the name of Koizumi Yakuma. He died in Tokyo.

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