Asian Ghost Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (Hardcover)

Asian Ghost Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) By K. Hari Kumar (Foreword by), Dr. Luo Hui (Introduction by), Lee Murray (Associate editor) Cover Image

Asian Ghost Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (Hardcover)

By K. Hari Kumar (Foreword by), Dr. Luo Hui (Introduction by), Lee Murray (Associate editor)


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A new collection of stories from submissions and classic literature offering the best and most incredible ghost stories from East, South and Southeast Asia, combining new and classic authors across the region.

Another deluxe edition of new writing and neglected perspectives. Asian ghosts and supernatural beings – from India to Sri Lanka, China to Korea, Japan to the Philippines – can be both terrifying and comforting. Underpinned by strong cultural beliefs in the cycles of life and ancestor worship, the nature of Asian spirits differs from that of their counterparts in other areas of the world. The possibility is more instinctually accepted that ghosts remain with us, as part of the world, whether we can see them or not.

Featured here are all kinds of stories from across East, South and Southeast Asia: classic weird tales by the likes of Pu Songling, Rabindranath Tagore, S Mukerji, Im Bang and Yi Ruk, Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki, are complemented by stories by Asian writers of today. An egui (the Chinese version of a 'hungry ghost') is exorcised, a vicious jiangshi (Chinese zombie-like revenant) is encountered in the night, a Bengali shakchunni (the ghost of an unsatisfied bride) poignantly seeks love with devastating effect, a family is haunted by vengeful Korean gwishin, and the iconic Japanese tragedies of Oiwa and O-Kiku are revisited.

The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Tales collections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, perfect as a gift and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure.

K. Hari Kumar is an Indian screenwriter and bestselling author of horror novels and short stories. His 2019 collection India’s Most Haunted was listed among HarperCollins India’s 100 best books written by Indian writers and his 2018 psychological thriller, The Other Side of Her, spawned the acclaimed Hindi language web series called Bhram (2019).

Dr Luo Hui is a senior lecturer in the School of Languages & Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington. His PhD thesis from the University of Toronto delved into Pu Songling’s ghost stories, he has recorded on Chinese ghost tales for BBC Radio 4, and his creative nonfiction appeared in the Asian/New Zealand anthology A Clear Dawn (2021).

Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning author-editor from Aotearoa-New Zealand, double Bram Stoker Award®-winner, and literary mentor. Author of the Taine McKenna Adventures, The Path of Ra trilogy (with Dan Rabarts) and Grotesque: Monster Stories, she has edited 17 volumes of speculative fiction, including Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women.
Product Details ISBN: 9781839648823
ISBN-10: 1839648821
Publisher: Flame Tree Collections
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Gothic Fantasy
"[Asian Ghost Stories] is continually creative and absorbing. Highly recommended."
— Black Rose Writing

"I will read and re-read again and again. This is a great collection to add to any horror collection and to any reader of great fiction. This is a prize-winning selection."
— The Literary License Podcast