By Edogawa Rampo
This number of secret and horror tales is considered Japan's solution to Edgar Allan Poe.
Japanese stories of poser & Imagination, the 1st quantity of its type translated into English, is written with the fast pace of the West yet wealthy with the myth of the East. those 9 bloodcurdling, chilling stories current a style of literature principally unknown to readers outdoor Japan, together with the unusual tale of a quadruple amputee and his perverse spouse; the list of a guy who creates a mysterious chamber of mirrors and discovers hidden pleasures inside of; the morbid confession of a maniac who envisions a profession of foolproof "psychological" murders; and the unusual story of a chair-maker who buries himself within an armchair and enjoys the sordid "loves" of the ladies who take a seat on his handiwork.
Lucid and choked with suspense, Edogawa Rampo's tales present in Japanese stories of puzzle & Imagination have enthralled eastern readers for over part a century.
Mystery tales include:
- The Human Chair
- The Caterpillar
- Two Crippled Men
- The traveller with the Pasted Rag Picture
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