• Japanese Ghost Stories

  • Penguin Classics
  • By: Lafcadio Hearn
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Japanese Ghost Stories

By: Lafcadio Hearn
Narrated by: Eleanor Matsuura
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Eleanor Matsuura, known for AMC's The Walking Dead and Spooks. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Paul Murray.

In this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: 'rokuro-kubi', whose heads separate from their bodies at night; 'jikininki', or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless 'mujina' who haunt lonely neighbourhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, to create these chilling tales. They are today regarded in Japan as classics in their own right.

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