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As a boy, Edogawa Rampo was, as he relates in one of the essays included in this collection, a devotee of popular fiction. Entering the fantastic twists and turns of his stories we are soon lost in them just as, when boys and girls ourselves, we became the characters in the romances and adventures we devoured.

To fully grasp Rampo’s achievement, however, we need to read both his stories and essays. Kurodahan Press, in making available this exquisitely translated and edited collection of both fiction and nonfiction, has, therefore, done readers a tremendous service.

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