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/ Lead title A selection of deliciously spooky short stories from the Japanese master of suspense, the acclaimed author of RING. The first story in the collection has been filmed as DARK WATER, starring Jennifer Connelly. / The first story in the collection has been made into a successful Japanese film directed by Hideo Nakata, director of the Japanese version of RING, and both the Japanese and US versions of RING 2. / The big-budget US remake of the film DARK WATER stars Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth and Dougray Scott. / Koji Suzuki is a literary star in Japan, where RING has sold 2.8 million copies to date. / Competition: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Michael Marshall.

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Koji Suzuki is a literary star in his native Japan, where he is also a respected writer on childcare, having brought up two daughters. His novel RING has sold 2.8 million copies to date and spawned a cult Japanese film that is fast becoming a classic, as well as a successful Hollywood remake. DARK WATER has been filmed in both Japan and the US. Koji Suzuki lives in Tokyo but loves to travel.


Suzuki wrote The Ring (Ringu), which inspired highly successful Japanese and American film versions, and this anthology of subtly disturbing horror stories shows why he's known as the "Stephen King of Japan." The title story, which has been adapted into a forthcoming English-language movie starring Jennifer Connelly, uses the title as a metaphor for the darkness within the human psyche. And while many manga center on teenagers, this volume primarily features adults, whom Meimu gives subtly dramatic facial expressions. The title story is a twist on a classic haunted house theme; it finds a single mother living in a modern apartment building as she re-enacts the behavior of a previous resident, another single mother suspected of murdering her daughter. The next tale, "Island Cruise," questions whether an older, wealthy couple or an idealistic young man more clearly perceives reality when the older man claims to see a child's corpse in the water. In the weakest tale, "Adrift," pretty girls in bikinis fall victim to a strange creature in a bottle. In the last, best yarn, "Forest Beneath the Waves," a man experiencing a midlife crisis embarks on an adventure, only to get trapped in a cave, but not without leaving his son an important message. Suzuki and Meimu economize on mood and pacing to convey the quiet psychological terror of these tales. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for RING: 'The pace doesn't slacken for a moment ! a guaranteed page-turner' OBSERVER 'Suzuki builds tension brilliantly' GUARDIAN 'Bristles with menace and fear' UNCUT Praise for SPIRAL: 'A truly spooky read' METRO 'Suzuki blends the dispassionate, inquisitive, sometimes terrifying urban character-types to be found in Haruki Murakami's work with the plot mechanics of a Stephen King or Michael Crichton' Kim Newman, INDEPENDENT

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