"I lived in a haunted apartment." Zack Davisson opens this definitive work on Japan's ghosts, or yūrei, with a personal tale about the spirit world, about eerie red marks on the apartment's ceiling and a door that, as his landlord warned him, led to nowhere.
Combining his lifelong interest in Japanese tradition and his personal experiences with these vengeful spirits, Davisson launches an investigation into the origin, popularization, and continued existence of yūrei. Juxtaposing historical documents and legends against contemporary yūrei-based horror films such as The Ring, Davisson explores the persistence of this paranormal phenomenon in modern-day Japan and its continued spread throughout the West. This book promises to be the definitive title on the subject.
This volume includes kanji for all of the Japanese terms that Davisson explores, often with a discussion about how the kanji relate to each other and to the difficulty of translating the cultural concepts involved in yūrei stories.