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text 2019-11-09 07:43
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 224 pages.
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Rampo Edogawa,James B. Harris,Patricia Welch

I´m sure you know these kind of books or stories in which the imagery is so vivid and stark that it probably will be edged on your mind forever. "All Quiet on the Western Front", despite not having finished it yet, is one of these books for me, and "The Caterpillar" is definitely another one of these stories.

 

Because, holy cow, "The Caterpillar" is one disturbing story. 

 

Rating: 4 stars

 

 

 

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text 2019-11-08 20:21
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 224 pages.
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Rampo Edogawa,James B. Harris,Patricia Welch

"The Psychological Test" features another one of these crime solving masterminds, who often make an appearance in Japanese crime novels. And it´s so enjoyable to try and follow their thought processes. 

 

I´m really enjoying the short stories in this collection so far. I might read another one today before going to bed.

 

Rating: 4 stars

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text 2019-11-06 06:56
Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 224 pages.
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Rampo Edogawa,James B. Harris,Patricia Welch

The first story in this collection, "The Human Chair" was fabulous. I went from being fascinated to being incredulous, closely followed by the sensation of being utterly creeped out. I´m glad that I wasn´t sitting on a chair while reading this story. 

 

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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text 2016-01-30 16:34
January Reading Wrap-Up & Book-of-the-Month Selection
Puppet Graveyard - Tim Curran
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination - Rampo Edogawa,James B. Harris
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain,Stanley Tucci
Click-Clack the Rattlebag - Neil Gaiman
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories - China Miéville
You Shall Never Know Security - J.R. Hamantaschen
Flesh and Coin - Craig Saunders
Come: A Short Story - E. Lorn,Edward Lorn
Hell House - Richard Matheson

January was a stellar month for reading. I finished a lot of fine books this month (but didn't necessarily read every page of every one of these in January). Here's the list:

 

Puppet Graveyard, by Tim Curran - This novella is quick and nasty, with great imagery. It was leavened with humor. And, of course, it had creepy puppets. Who doesn't love creepy puppets?

 

Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination, by Edogawa Rampo - This was an impulse buy. I got it on the cheap from Amazon mainly because I liked the cover. While reading the introduction, I thought the book was some sort of hoax when it claimed the author's pen name was basically a phonetic spelling of the name 'Edgar Allen Poe' spoken with a Japanese accent. I immediately looked the dude up and found out that he was the real deal and very influential in Japanese mystery fiction. Sorry, Japan. I did not know. And, man, I'm sure glad I know about this author now. His story "The Human Chair," which kicks off this collection, is simply fantastic. The remainder of the tales were very good, too, surreal and mysterious. I'll be reading more from Rampo.


The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain - I listened to the audiobook version of this classic noir tale, read by Stanley Tucci. Highly recommended.


Click-Clack the Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman - This was a short freebie I downloaded long ago. If you downloaded it from Audible, a donation went to charity. It was a pleasant enough little horror story, but Gaiman's narration is a bit too treacly for my taste. (Note: This doesn't appear to still be available from Audible.)


Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories, by China Miéville - This was an excellent collection. After reading Miéville's first collection, Looking for Jake, I thought that perhaps he just wasn't a short story guy. This one proved me wrong though. I love Miéville for his imagination, his original ideas, and the way he's able to communicate some of the craziest concepts so effectively through prose. This book won't be for everyone. Some of these stories are experimental, many are abstruse, and many more are like wonderful unresolved mysteries. 


You Shall Never Know Security, by J.R. Hamantaschen - This is the second collection I've read by Hamantaschen in two months, which should tell you something. I enjoy the author's unique voice and the unrelenting hopelessness of his tales. They are so bleak that you have to throw up your hands and surrender with bewildered and uncomfortable laughter. I think of his stuff as being a sort of cross between Sam Pink and Laird Barron.


Flesh and Coin, by Craig Saunders - I am envious of Saunders's Spartan prose. It's always efficient and often poetic. I'll be reading all his stuff. Oh, the story? Yeah, yeah, that was good, too.


Come, by E. Lorn - A vicious little piece of viscous, passive-aggressive nastiness. 


Hell House, by Richard Matheson - I've been meaning to read this one for years. I shouldn't have put it off. Was it scary? Not really. But I  didn't expect it to be. Nor did I expect it to be so fantastically lurid; I was pleasantly surprised. 

 

My pick for Book-of-the-Month? It's exceedingly hard to decide, but I'll have to go with Miéville's Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories. It wins by the sheer brute force of imagination on display. 

 

 

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review 2015-01-02 12:16
[MANGA REVIEW] The Caterpillar [Imo-Mushi][芋虫] by Suehiro Maruo (Illustrator), Rampo Edogawa (Author)
The Caterpillar [Imo-Mushi][芋虫] - Suehiro Maruo,Rampo Edogawa

The Caterpillar [Imo-Mushi][芋虫] by Suehiro Maruo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recommended for: Horror Erotica Fans
Read from January 01 to 02, 2015, read count: 1



The tale might be visually grotesque and psychologically twisted but it also showcase highly creative poetic expressionism from its intricate artwork. Thus I became a moth to a flame yet I regret nothing.

After experiencing Suehiro Maruo sensei's work here, I am keen on exploring his other works as well. His artistic style complements really well with Rampo Edogawa sensei's daring work of fiction. Both of their works often focus on the darker side of human nature.

Now that I have read this manga adaptation of the novel, 芋虫 Imomushi aka Caterpillar (キャタピラー / Kyatapirā) by Rampo Edogawa sensei, I shall be moving onto the book next. I am saving the movie adaptation of the novel for last. Actually I have skimmed through the video a little and it wasn’t as morbid as this manga and I find the actor for the ‘torso man’ looks rather pleasing. He is nothing like the poor lump of flesh depicted in this manga.

Of all things twisted that had happened in the story oddly enough my mind chose to fixate on that unique way of marinating bananas illustrated in the manga. Does that sort of bizarre food preparation really happen in real life? Or is it only in the mind of a hyper creative cum erotic writer?




*Sighs longingly* Damn! All this is giving me a cliterection.




BOOK DETAILS:
Title: The Caterpillar Imo-Mushi 芋虫
Illustrator/Artist: Suehiro Maruo
Author: Rampo Edogawa
Publication Date: 2009 (First published in January 1st, 2006)
Publisher: Enterbrain
Type: Manga / Graphic Novel
Genre: Adult, Historical, Horror, Seinen, Tragedy, Ero-guro, Psychosexual Horror Erotica, Manga Adaptation of a Novel

Description:
The Caterpillar is an adaptation of the 1929 Edogawa Rampo short story of the same name. The Caterpillar is a haunting psycho-sexual tale of Lt. Sunaga, a disfigured and limbless veteran of WWI who returns home to his young and beautiful wife. Sunaga initially is given a hero's welcome, but is quickly forgotten and shunned because of his injuries. Unable to speak or care for himself, he is completely at the mercy of his wife as she grows to loathe and toy with him.
-From Same Hat! blog




* Reviewed on January 2nd, 2015
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PREVIOUS COMMENT:
Just found out that this manga is adapted from Rampo Edogawa Sensei's famous psychosexual horror short story, 芋虫 Imomushi (The Caterpillar). I have sort of skimmed through the movie adaptation of the novel and I must say that this story is so not for the faint-hearted. I would expect the no less from this manga adaptation. Therefore do consider yourself warned.

* 31st December 2014




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