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In simple terms, “Phantasm Japan” is a fantasy anthology on the theme of “light and dark, from and about Japan.”

Phantasm Japan, by Multiple authors.
Haikasoru, Fiction.

To outsiders, the overriding image of Japan is of some fantasy land, a place that is impossibly real. However, it’s restricting to place the 20-some works in this book under the single genre of fantasy; fantastical or not, Japan offers perplexing perspectives and gargantuan horizons.

Thus “Phantasm Japan” collects creepy stories about ghosts and demons, science-fiction thrillers and a revenge tale with a strong feminist tone. With titles such as “The Last Packet of Tea,” “Those Who Hunt Monster Hunters” and “Thirty-Eight Observations on the Nature of the Self,” it’s clear that nothing about Japan is black and white: Editors Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington let you know so.

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