Kwaidan: Terrifying Japanese Tales of Yokai, Ghosts and Demons by Lafcadio Hearn with a foreward by Michael Dylan Foster
Paperback – Tuttle Pub – Jul 2022 – 191 pages
Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan (which means “ghost story” in Japanese) is the first and most famous collection of Japanese yokai stories ever published. This unforgettable collection of 17 eerie tales and 3 original cultural studies by Hearn are based on traditional oral tales passed down for generations. They are fresh reminders of the dark and mysterious corners of the Japanese psyche, from popular representations in anime, manga and video games to Masaki Kobayashi’s Oscar-nominated horror film Kwaidan.
This new edition includes over 20 full-color woodblock prints that showcase the rich visual tradition of Japanese Yokai. A new foreword by Michael Dylan Foster, the leading Western expert on Yokai literature, places the stories in context and explains the lasting importance of Hearn’s pioneering look at Japan’s bewitching spirit world.