Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio
is a collection of supernatural tales compiled by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. Full of stories of ghosts, magic, vampirism and other things bizarre and fantastic, this classic of Chinese literature—and of supernatural tales in general—has been revised and updated, and includes pinyin for the first time. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio
is for anyone who loves hair-raising stories best read with the lights turned low on a dark and stormy night.
Songling Pu (1640—1715) was an author during China's Qing Dynasty. He spent the bulk of his life working as a private tutor, during which time he gathered and re-wrote the stories published to great acclaim in this book.
Herbert A. Giles (1845—1935) was one of the most acclaimed sinologists of his era and the Chair of Chinese at Cambridge. He is one of the creators of the "Wade-Giles" system of romanization, the author of several Chinese-English dictionaries and translator of numerous classics.