Oriental Ghost Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 2007 - Fiction - 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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Review: Oriental Ghost Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)

User Review  - Jonathan Stroud - Goodreads

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

Review: Oriental Ghost Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)

User Review  - Margaret - Goodreads

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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Born in Greece to an Irish soldier and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. While working as a newspaperman in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hearn married a black woman, which was then illegal, and fled to New Orleans to escape prosecution. Once there, he began to work for the New Orleans Item. During his time in New Orleans, Hearn published several books while continuing his work as a journalist.

David Stuart Davies is an author, playwright and editor. He is a member of the Crimewriters Association and is former Editor of Sherlock Magazine. He lives near Huddersfield, England.

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