Ookura Teruko Project: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 3

The third chapter of Bewitching Shadow (1934). We’re halfway through the first story in the Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation.

Read here: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 3: Shivering Hands

Ookura Teruko is notable for being the first Japanese female detective writer. This story is her debut work. Ookura’s works are collected in the book Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation (大倉燁子探偵小説選 Ookura Teruko Tantei Shousetsu-sen). Ookura’s works are available in the public domain on Aozora Bunko. As such, input is welcome on translations, the usage of the English language (neither Japanese or English are my native languages), and anything else to help with the translation of the source text!

Ghost Hunters and a Ghost Hunt Book Guide

The following interview and column discuss books related to real ghost hunters and ghost hunting in general. I suppose you could say that these were really written to promote the books. Still, I believe both articles are worthwhile to put here. In fact, the majority of the mentioned books were originally written in English.

Interview with Nanjou Takenori

Do ghost hunters really exist? I want to meet real ghost hunters!

The trend of scientifically investigating so-called ghost phenomena showed a peak since the 19th century in the West. As the influence of Christianity weakened, the scientific and rational eyes turned to the age old question of the afterlife once again . In 1882, the famous “Society for Psychical Research (SPR)” was founded in the UK. Physicists and philosophers, leading personages at that time, joined in great numbers. They were so-called amateur researchers who otherwise held different occupations. Even so, they properly followed scientific procedures, and tried to figure out the true shape of the ghost phenomena.

In the UK there exists a tradition of amateurs shouldering the pioneering field of research. The so-called ghost hunt mystery novels written by novelists Blackwood1)Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869 – 1951) and Hodgson2)William Hope Hodgson (1877 – 1918) hint at the investigations of the SPR and the like. Such movements also propagated to the USA and various countries in Europe. And, for a while they were influential in their own way.

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1. Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869 – 1951)
2. William Hope Hodgson (1877 – 1918)

Ookura Teruko Project: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 2

Here’s the second chapter of Bewitching Shadow (1934), the first story in the Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation.

Read here: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 2: Bewitching Eyes

Ookura Teruko is notable for being the first Japanese female detective writer. This story is her debut work. Ookura’s works are collected in the book Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation (大倉燁子探偵小説選 Ookura Teruko Tantei Shousetsu-sen). Ookura’s works are available in the public domain on Aozora Bunko. As such, input is welcome on translations, the usage of the English language (neither Japanese or English are my native languages), and anything else to help with the translation of the source text!

Ookura Teruko Project: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 1

The translation of the Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation is finally off to a start! Bewitching Shadow (1934) is the first story in this compilation and is comprised of five chapters. I will update the story weekly.

Read here: Bewitching Shadow Chapter 1: Code

Ookura Teruko is notable for being the first Japanese female detective writer. This story is her debut work. Ookura’s works are collected in the book Ookura Teruko Detective Story Compilation (大倉燁子探偵小説選 Ookura Teruko Tantei Shousetsu-sen). Ookura’s works are available in the public domain on Aozora Bunko. As such, input is welcome on translations, the usage of the English language (neither Japanese or English are my native languages), and anything else to help with the translation of the source text!

For now I plan on translating two or three Ookura stories per year, alternated by short stories by other authors.

Ono Fuyumi Long Interview Part 3: Rewriting Ghost Hunt

This is the last part of the interview with Ono Fuyumi from Da Vinci‘s December 2010 issue, in which Ono talks about rewriting the original Ghost Hunt series. Please go to part one “The Ghost Hunt Series Reprint” to read the interview from the beginning.

Ono Fuyumi on rewriting Ghost Hunt.

Now it’s 2010. Approximately 18 years have passed since the completion of the series, and Shibuya Psychic Research returns in front of us. Though the fully rewritten edition keeps the atmosphere of the old series, it will also be able to put up with the aesthetic senses of adult readers. It will be finished into a long horror novel of extremely high quality.

Of course, I altered the writing style, but the vignettes and the composition were changed quite a bit as well. Due to the circumstances with the pages back in the day, I was only able to change the story once. In principle, the story should have been made to change once or twice. This time, I was finally able to write it how it should have been.

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