Lafcadio Hearn's The Faceless Ghost and Other Macabre Tales From Japan

Lafcadio Hearn's The Faceless Ghost and Other Macabre Tales From Japan

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Over one hundred years ago, the writer Lafcadio Hearn gathered and translated into English a selection of traditional Japanese ghost/mystery stories. They were published as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In this new graphic novel, acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson retells six of these stories. All of them are very well known in Japan, where ghosts and demons are often calledyokai, meaning "the mysterious and weird."
Publisher: Boston ; London : Shambhala, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781611801972
Branch Call Number: GN WILSON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Apr 27, 2016

Sean Michael Wilson and illustrator Michiru Morikawa’s adaptation of nineteenth/early twentieth century western student of Japanese culture, Lafcadio Hearn, was a very interesting visual interpretation of the haunting folk stories and legends collected by Hearn. While not quite a “young adult” book, Lafcadio Hearn’s folklore and ghost stories gleaned from his travels across Japan are definitely appropriate for teens, and this comic makes good use of that. While a bit gruesome (with a few severed heads, torn off ears, etc.) the stories here are eerie and suspenseful, in particular my favorites “Hoichi the Earless,” “Yuki-onna,” and, of course, “The Faceless Ghost.” Morikawa's manga style art offers a fun introduction to these classic tales. For anyone interested in Japanese culture, these manga style adaptations should be very interesting, and introduce younger readers to Japanese history and society in addition to spooky (spooky, spooky) ghosts and other yokai.

For more young adult graphic novel adaptations of fantasy literature, check out my BookLikes blog, Reading Rainstorm, here.


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