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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:56 am    Post subject: Kwaidan: Occult & Mystery Fiction in the Japanese Tradit Reply with quote
Greetings all.

I'm just fishing for some information about occult/supernatural mystery fiction in the Japanese tradition and wanted to see if anyone had some suggestions.

Let me clarify first: by fusing the words occult and mystery together, i'm trying to address a genre of writing that focuses on the pan-cultural phenomena of ghost stories and monster fables.

What i'm trying to exclude then are the "high fantastical" stories a la Harry Potter and also the "bucket o' blood/splattergore" horror tales that predominate the current crop of Hollywood horror movies.

Some popular Western exemplars would be authors like Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft.

I think the best equivalent for this in Japanese would be "kwaidan" with its old-time connotations of "strange and mysterious."


So if anybody has any suggestions, whether it be a modern writer to the traditional Kwaidan tales please fire away!

I also have a more general theoretical question for those intersted in the thread namely -

What do you think makes Japanese Kwaidan/Mystery-Horror fiction distinct from its modern Western parallel? What type of stereotypes/plot elements would you expect to see that you wouldn't find outside of a Japanese tale?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Will you write some plots of the modern Western parallel?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Erp, might take too long, so why not name some Western exemplars?

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Heck you can even make a case i suppose for even Richard Matheson's "I am Legend" and Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Will you write some plots of the modern Western parallel?


Erp, might take too long, so why not name some Western exemplars?

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Heck you can even make a case i suppose for even Richard Matheson's "I am Legend" and Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal.


I own the Hellbound Heart, I thought it was great in comparison to hellraiser.

I would imagine a couple episodes from Tales from the Crypt would fit (cannot think of a particular one off the top of my head)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker


I don't know both of them.
Only I can think of is Hitchcock movies.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I don't know both of them.
Only I can think of is Hitchcock movies.


well, take your best shot. Smile

This all started when i went over to a friend's house. One of his younger relatives was playing a video game of some sort called "Fatal Frame" and then proceeded to play another one called "Siren."

[Japanese Site for Fatal Frame 1 & 3
http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero/index2.htm

http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero3/

Japanese Site for Siren

http://www.jp.playstation.com/scej/title/siren/siren.html]

I became quite fascinated, mainly due to the fact that I had been reading a lot on Onmyodo in Japan at the time (which was itself a byproduct of my interest in proto-science in Japan).

Now i'm hardly apt when it comes to video games (egad, am i showing my age?), but i found the narratives to be rather interesting and was hoping to find something similar in book format.

I'm also curious as to see what literary forebearers these stories might have - after all, Dracula set the standard for the idea of the Western Vampire for other authors to either emulate or to rebel against.

Surely there must be some sort of seminal cult tale/ghost story that serves as a model or core for modern Japanese tales.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Have you seen the MOVIE Kwaidan? Very Happy
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