The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales

Thersa Matsuura

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Beautiful, haunting, and grotesque, The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales offers stories reminiscent of traditional Japanese folktales alongside contemporary horror fiction. Matsuura’s unique voice, in its poignancy and lightheartedness, is unforgettable.

From the Introduction by Bram Stoker Award Winner Author Gene O'Neill: "I have Thersa Matsuura’s name underlined on the side of my fridge. I will watch for her byline. As I’m sure, you, the reader of this collection will, too." Cover Art by Daniele Serra


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“I’m so, so sorry,” he repeated, and he meant it this time. He really meant it. This time there were real tears filling his eyes. Akito pleaded to all those gods he didn’t believe in that he could change this thing he did.

The mountain witch sucked on the metal tip of the kiseru and inflated her chest. The bowl crackled and glowed ……

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