Yokai Stories

Manga/Graphic Novel
Current Stock:
Tuttle Publishing
Date Published:
7 stories; b&w manga illustrations
Number of Pages:
Trim Size:
7 1/2 X 10

This spine-tingling collection of seven traditional Japanese ghost stories will thrill lovers of yokai stories!

Manga Yokai Stories includes:
  • Rokuro-kubi: a masterless samurai is trapped in a house haunted by the eponyonous headless goblins
  • The Screen Maiden: a young man develops an obsession with a woman in a painting that almost kills him
  • Corpse Rider: a woman's unburied corpse cannot rest until she has taken her revenge on the man who divorced her
  • A Dead Secret: a young mother terrifies her family when she returns as a ghost, unable to find peace until she puts to rest a shocking secret she has left behind

These classic Japanese ghost stories are based on those written by famed author Lafcadio Hearn between 1890 and 1904. Here, they are retold by award-winning comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson, who has garnered a huge fan base worldwide for his manga adaptations of works of Japanese literature, including such classics as The Book of Five Rings and The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts. Wilson's skillful adaptation of Hearn's ghostly tales—along with superb manga illustrations from UK-based Japanese artist Inko Ai Takita—make these chilling stories come to life.

About the Author:
Sean Michael Wilson, who adapted the text of Lafcadio Hearn's original stories for this collection, is a comic book writer from Scotland, now living in Japan. He has had more than 30 books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. He is the editor of the critically acclaimed collection AX:alternative manga (Publishers Weekly's 'Best ten books of 2010' and nominated for a Harvey award). Working with various Japanese artists he has written a unique line of Japanese history/martial arts/Samurai books, including The Book of Five Rings, Secrets of the Ninja, The 47 Ronin, and Cold Mountain (winner of China Comic and Animation Competition 2015 'Best Overseas Comic' award). In 2016 his book The Faceless Ghost was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Book Awards, and received a medal in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. In 2017, his book Secrets of the Ninja won an International Manga Award from the Japanese government—he is the first British person to receive this award. http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com

Inko Ai Takita, the illustrator of this book, was born in Kyoto, Japan. She grew up with manga comics, loving both reading and drawing them. After graduating from Kyoto University of Art & Design, she moved to England and studied at Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design. She is now based in the UK where she delivers manga workshops in schools, galleries, museums and libraries. She has worked as a culture and language ambassador for London University School of Oriental and African Studies. Her manga have appeared in various anthologies.