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I think we can safely assume that by non-English we mean books written in another language and translated into English, although members are free to read books in their original language, or books written in English by non-English authors.
European horror is well covered in this category; popular suggestions have included Let the Right One in (Swedish), I Remember You (Icelandic), Nightwatch (Russian), and Perfume (German).
Japanese horror is also well covered, with books like Ring, Audition, Out and Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
It's very difficult to find anything outside these two areas. Latin America, other Asian countries, and Africa do not seem to be represented at all in horror fiction. I don't know how much of this is down to lack of English interest and therefore translations, or lack of horror fiction in some countries - I'm sure it differs from place to place.
Last year I read White is for Witching - not strictly a horror novel or non-English, but written by an author of Nigerian heritage and partly about a haunted house. I enjoyed it hugely and would encourage members to consider books by authors with different cultural backgrounds, books featuring non-English characters, or books set in other countries.
>2 Moomin_Mama: Two? Awesome! Best of luck with both of them.
>3 mathgirl40: Ooh, that one looks fun! I love the cover. :)
I don't have anything pinned down yet, but I'm hoping to read Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi (just the first book; maybe the others later), if/when I find it.
ETA: I wasn't able to find the novel version of Vampire Hunter D, but I found my collection of VHD mangas, so I'll go with those for now. :)
ETAA: Murphy's law: I just found the novel version of Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi today and started it as well. I'm kind of glad I started the manga first, because it's giving me an idea of what's going on. The novel translation isn't bad, but the first page or so didn't pull me right in. So looks like I'll be reading the novel, as well as the mangas. :)
Of course I forgot all about mangas...
I have a huge book I'm reading for Fantasy February and I'm in the middle of War and Peace which is truly a huge book. I don't know that I'll have room for another in this category but I hope so.
Haven't quite finished Ghost Story or started on a February book as I lost one of my cats this week. Can't quite get into a book but it's only been a few days.
Mixed feelings. It had alternating storylines, which I think dissipated the suspense, and a touch too many coincidences. The writing was a bit awkward, which could have been the fault of the translation. On the plus side, the deserted island setting is deliciously creepy and there are quite a few really scary moments.
Remind me, if I ever get it into my head to go to an isolated place in the dead of winter and restore an old abandoned house as a bed and breakfast, that this is a BAD IDEA. This is the second book with this premise that I've read recently, and nothing good ever happens in these situations.
I'm sorry to hear about your cat. :*( No worries on the book. Just focus on grieving right now. *hugs*
>19 sturlington: Bummer about your mixed-feeling February read, but congrats on finishing it! :) LOL @ the B&B idea! No worries; we'll remind you. ;) I think horror always has those cliche situations.
I finished Vampire Hunter D Manga: Volume 1 awhile bck and am still working on Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Unfortunately, I'm a lot farther behind in the novel than I expected (around page 64), but I love how close the manga and novel are to each other. And while I don't love science fiction or westerns, the mashup of genres (sci fi, western, horror, romance) really works for this book. So far, I'm liking it, though it's not as action-packed as I'd hoped. Hopefully I'll watch the movie afterwards; or at least before the end of the month.
>19 sturlington: I had mixed feelings about Let the Right One In, which is the only Scandi horror I've read. Much preferred the film.
>20 saraslibrary: Isn't it slightly tedious that the manga and novel are so similar? It does sound an interesting mix of genres, though.
What I liked: the child-vampire character is interesting, a kind of contrast to Anne Rice's child-vampire in Interview with the Vampire. Doing some new things with the whole vampire mythos.
What I didn't like: pretty much everything else. Too many characters, too many side stories that didn't add up to much. Gross-out horror as opposed to scary horror. So, so bleak. Everybody in this book is just hopeless and depressing. Pedophilia--not my thing, at all. Too many ellipses. Anticlimactic ending.
So, I have heard the movie is better. Which movie: the Swedish version or the American version, or are both ok?
I do think that the bullying was central to the story and the rest wasn't quite necessary. I would like to know what happened to Oskar and Eli so I will pick up the short story if its available from my library.
That is interesting you've heard the movie is better. That is really rare. I've seen both versions of Let the Right One In and like them both. However, I have not read the book. I may try it--that's a big maybe--because I do like bleak, depressing stuff, even gross-out horror, but I could see where too many characters might make me read slower.
I ended up liking the movie much better. It seemed to distill the story down to its essence, and the blood imagery was haunting. Also, the final scene at the swimming pool was amazingly well done--blew away the book's climax.
It's not often that I like a movie better than the book, that's true.
>31 mathgirl40: Congrats! :) I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I really like the cover for that one.
I'm thinking that's a common thing with translations: the awkward dialogue and writing. When I started Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi, I was kind of turned off by the first page or so, until I grew accustomed to the writing style. From there, it's been a breeze. However, I just haven't had as much time to read it as I'd hoped, so I won't finish it by the end of this month. But at least I read the manga it was based on first, so I kind of know what it's about. And I'm really loving all the new monsters and mutants introduced. So far, I'd recommend it. It's about a 4-star book for me.
>26 sturlington: You're opinion of Let the Right One In is very much the same as mine. I'd heard so many good things about it that I thought it was just me!
>30 sturlington: Like you, I thought the film was a lot better because it concentrated on the main story and themes and ignored the rest. Two other films that I always thought did the same thing with their source material: Ring, and The Shining (although not a lot of people agree with me on that last one).
>31 mathgirl40: The Circle is definitely one that I'll look out for. Thanks for tipping us off!
>34 mathgirl40: I find the same thing too.
I have one story to read from Dark Water, and I'm about a third of the way into The Black Spider, so I'll be done in a day or so. Dark Water is very average and not at all scary. I read Ring a few years ago and felt the same way, and can't say if it's the translation, but I think Koji Suzuki is an author I can cross off my tbr list. The Black Spider is much better, so far anyway. The story has drawn me in immediately, it's very well written. More about it once I've finished.
Never did start Out, but I'll read it for Women's month.
I was actually surprised that I liked the film version of Let the Right One In so much better because I think Lindqvist wrote the screenplay. Perhaps, like so many writers, he needed to do more editing. :-)
About The Shining -- I love both the film and the book, but they are so different that I think it is difficult to even compare them. I know Stephen King did not care for Kubrick's film but he is being obstinate because it is a work of genius.
Another film that I thought far surpassed the book was Jaws. Again, the film cut out the extraneous stuff and distilled the story down to the essence.
I just bought three horror books on Kindle at bargain prices. Two are suitable for March, so I may read one of them: The Cipher by Kathe Koja or The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff. Depends on what I'm in the mood for but I'm going on vacation later in the month and either seems suitable as an airplane read. I also got The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, which I'd heard good things about; I may or may not wait until diversity month.
I've often wondered if the length of books these days is due to a lack of decent editors! I haven't read Jaws but I take your word for it, the film is excellent (and Kubrick's The Shining IS genius).
The Cipher looks like a good introduction to Kathe Koja, who I've not read before. How long is it? A scan of the first review here on LT and all I know is that it's about two people playing around with a 'fun-hole'. Good stuff ;)
Thanks for mentioning The Ballad of Black Tom. One for diversity month, I think.
Oskar is about 12 years old and is getting bullied at school. He is happy to meet and become friends with the strange girl next door, Eli. Meanwhile, people are being murdered in town. Really, Eli is very strange...
This was ok. I liked the Oskar/Eli storyline, but I lost focus for the myriad of other characters and mostly wasn't following when the focus was on others. I was listening to the audio, and it tends to be even harder to keep focus with an audio.
Yeah, I bet the movie would be better. I'm thinking the scariness might come out more...watching home alone, at night... hmmm, might have to rethink that!
Dark Water - I didn't find any of the stories scary. Some of them had more eerie or weird elements, but they weren't very well written or atmospheric. They might be of interest to young adults wanting an eerie read, but they didn't stand up as a horror collection at all. 'Floating Water' was the best, but wasn't nearly as good as the film 'Dark Water'. The reveal had a certain 'yuk' factor, but wasn't scary. 'Watercolors' was the most interesting as an idea but unfortunately the author didn't make it work as a story. I don't honestly know if it is the fault of the translator, but this is the second Koji Suzuki work I haven't thought much of. 2 stars.
The Black Spider - I liked this. It wasn't perfect - I found the ending a bit moralistic - but it was a satisfyingly gothic tale of a cruel knight, a deal with the devil, and that spider! I liked the scene-setting of the family christening, where this tale was told, and I thought the tale had a dark, fairy-tale quality. It wasn't too long either. 4 stars.
Out: A Novel (cannot get the right touchstone) - I'll add this here (might read something later in the year for the women's category). Very, very hard to put down. I'm not spoiling anything by saying that this is about 4 women whose lives and friendships change when one of them kills her husband (it happens early on). It's more grisly than Grotesque but more fun, too, with more dark humour. The story was a bit ridiculous but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. It was a very exaggerated look at women's lives when they are stuck in a rut, with factory work, failing marriages, money and family problems, and the lack of trust they have in each other once they involve themselves in something criminal. 4 stars.