Preface: Kaiki: Uncanny Tales from Japan, Vol. 1

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Kaiki: Uncanny Tales from Japan
Volume 1: Tales of Old Edo 【江戸の物語】

Preface: An Ordinary World, Interrupted
by Robert Weinberg

Perhaps the greatest failing of anthologies and collections of supernatural fiction published in the past one hundred years has been the lack of representation of stories from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Volumes and volumes of ghost and spook stories are filled with tales from North America, the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Less common but still included in the more comprehensive collections are narratives from South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. However, few if any books contain stories from China or Japan. Though supernatural fiction is a mainstay of Oriental storytelling and culture, just about none of it has ever been published in the West. Until now.

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