Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1989-12-15
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
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The famous mystery writer Edogawa Rampo took his pen name from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allen Poe--the master of Western mystery and horror stories. Collected in this chilling volume are some of Rampos best stories, bizarre and blood-curdling expeditions into the fantastic, the perverse, and the strange. A quadruple amputee and his perverse wife; a man who discovers hidden pleasures in a chamber of mirrors; a chair-maker who buries himself inside an armchair and enjoys a promiscuous career of sordid loves with women who sit on his handiwork: these are some of the wonderfully strange characters youll meet in the pages of Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination, each worthy of Poe himself.

Author Biography

Hirai Taro (1894-1965), much more familiar as Edogawa Rampo, was the first modern writer of mysteries in Japan. The author's pen name is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allen Poe. He was the author of novels, short stories, and studies of the mystery genre.

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