Japanese Demons

Ninjas Are Here!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons, Ninjas | 0 comments

IMG_9433It’s here, it’s here–the very first hot-off-the-press copy of Deadly Wish. Mark your calendars for the release date of September 26th.

Ninjas, bandits, pirates, thieves, and delightfully creepy demons–all here!

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The Speech

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Educators & Librarians, Japanese Demons, Ninjas | 0 comments

Deadly Flowers

Deadly Flowers won a snazzy award from the Wisconsin Library Association, which I am so very happy about…but maybe we can all sit around in a circle and read the book instead of me having to get up and talk about it?

It is so weird that I can happily work away at a novel for years, but ask me to write a speech about how or why I wrote said novel and my insights into the writing process and what it makes me think about the human condition, and all I want to do is crawl under my desk whimpering. Why is that?

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Funa Yurei

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons, Ninjas | 0 comments

ShunsenFunayurei

These funa yurei are more robust and less skeletal and spooky than the ones Kata meets in Deadly Wish. Note the headgear, however. A white, triangular headdress such as that used in an ancient Buddhist funeral ceremony is a dead giveaway (pardon the pun) of a funa yurei.

If you are sailing off the coast of Japan and the fog sweeps in, beware…you might be approached by a funa yurei.

The spirits of sailors who have died at sea, funa yurei sometimes try to sink boats and sometimes to snag an unlucky soul to take their own place on a ghostly ship. Often a funa yurei will demand a bucket or a ladle from its victims. If they refuse the ghost will sink their ship in vengeance. If given a bucket, the ghost will pour water into the ship, swamping it. How to get out of this hopeless situation? Hand the ghost a bucket or ladle with the bottom removed. It will futilely try to scoop water up with the bottomless vessel, leaving you free to sail quickly away.

(Kata, the heroine of Deadly Wish, did not know this trick. She was forced to try and come up with other ideas to defeat the funa yurei she encountered.)

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Out of the Fog

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons | 0 comments

IMG_9351I went for a sail on Portland Harbor last week, and this is what loomed up out of the fog. It looked just like a scene from the upcoming Deadly Wish. Next thing you know we’ll hear a drumbeat booming across the water and funa yurei will show up, demanding a new soul to take their place on their ghost ship….

 

(What are funa yurei, you ask? Stay tuned!)

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