This unique manga mixes illustrated versions of classic Japanese ghosts stories with a biography of Lafcadio Hearn, the man who first collected them together in Meiji era Japan. Hearn lived in Japan from 1890 to his death in 1904 ? in that time he collected together Japanese ghosts, myths and folk stories. Including the story of a man who?s ears were pulled off by a ghost, MIMI-NASHI-HOICHI; a man who spends a terrifying night with his dead wife, CORPSE RIDER; a beautiful woman who comes alive from a painting, THE SCREEN MAIDEN; and a life giving stream, THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. This book shows us manga versions of ten of those classic Japanese ghost stories, intermingled with the biography of Hearn, showing the ups and downs of his life as a gajin in Japan at the end of the 19th Century. The manga is an unusual collaboration between a Japanese artist, Haruka Miyabi, and a British writer, Sean Michael Wilson.
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Sean is from Edinburgh, Scotland but is now living in Japan. He studied Psychology and Sociology in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Universities. His published work includes the graphic novel ANGEL OF THE WOODS, the story CHIMPIRA in MANGA MOVER, the poem comics in BEAUTIFUL THINGS and the historical manga THE JAPANESE DRAWING ROOM (with artist Sakura Mizuki, of THE RING horror manga). His first published story came out in 1998 in a book and display of a major exhibition of comic art in London. He is currently working on a comic book to be published in Japanese. As well as writing comic books he is also a film director, having made several cultural documentaries that have been shown on British television. Comic book writing though is closer to his heart. His comic/manga influences include Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell, Jiro Taniguchi and Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Others: Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, John Lennon, Magick, the Marx Brothers Terence Stamp, Scott Walker ... His new book here at Demented Dragon is a manga biography of late 19th/early 20th C writer LAFCADIO HEARN titled "Lafcadio Hearn's Japanese Ghost Stories. Sean has also written a 40 page Yaoi manga story for Yaoi Press in the USA. Called GANG OF LOVE, it will appear in one of their books in August 2006. Manga Artist Haruka Miyabi was born in Tokushima and is now living in Kanagawa, Japan. She has been creating manga since she was a child. She joined an amateur manga creators group when she was a high school student. She studied Biology in University, and was a researcher in the laboratory, and a translator in medical/life sciences, so Science is one of her influences in manga. Her favourite manga is those by Jun Mihara (especially Hamidashikko "Throwaway" story). She is also a fan of writers: Daniel Keyes, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Richard P. Feynman. Her favorite books include: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and The Damon Haunted World by Carl Sagan. She loves reading and cooking,
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Book Description Demented Dragon, 2007. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Haruka Miyabi (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0978880439