Summary: Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet is a collection of anonymous horror tales collected and translated from the occult forum on the Japanese website ‘2chan’ and originally published on my website Kowabana.net. Presented as true stories that really happened to the author these are tales of Japanese ghosts, murder, suicide, revenge, cursed objects and other strange happenings. These are comparable to the Western phenomenon of the ‘creepypasta’ but with a Japanese twist.
In this book you’ll find 111 translated stories set across Japan. From the rice fields of the countryside to cramped apartments in big cities, public toilets and old abandoned buildings, shrines in the middle of nowhere and crowded trains full of perhaps not just people, here you’ll find horror unique to Japan and in a way only they know how to do.
Trigger Warnings: Mention of Pedophilia, Suicide, Suicidal Idealization, Body Horror
Review: Creepypasta is an interesting subgenre not only of horror but of the campfire story. It’s inherently tied to the internet, usually kept anonymous, and usually told in a direct manner. Taken at face value, a good creepypasta story scares the reader without making them question the plausibility of the story.