Yukito Ayatsuji

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Yukito Ayatsuji

Yukito Ayatsuji 綾辻行人

Yukito Ayatsuji (1960–)  has a reputation among mystery writers for his particularly tricky, yet logically sound puzzlers of the kind known as honkaku (“orthodox”) mysteries in Japan. At Kyoto University he polished his writing skills as a member of the Mystery Fiction Society, a student group that lists numerous authors among its alums, including Ayatsuji’s wife and bestselling horror author Fuyumi Ono. He made his publishing debut while still a student with his 1987 novel The Decagon House Murders (tr. 2015) about a series of murders that take place at the eponymous mansion. The work not only became a bestseller, but triggered a fresh boom in honkaku mysteries. The tremendous popularity of the story has led the author to produce eight additional Mansion Murders titles as of September, 2014, of which Tokei-kan no satsujin (The Clock Mansion Murders) garnered him the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1992. In 2009, Another (original English title) became a bestseller and was made into a feature film. His other works include the psycho-thriller Hi-iro no sasayaki (Scarlet Whispers) and the Whispers series it spawned, as well as the splatter-horror Satsujinki (Cold Blooded Killer) series.

Books by Yukito Ayatsuji
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    Another

    This ambitious work melds the "school horror" genre with a classic puzzler mystery. Author Yukito Ayatsuji himself has called it a new standout among his works. The story begins in May 1998, when narrator Kōichi Sakakibara moves from Tokyo to his grandp …

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    Freaks

    Blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, each of the three short- to mid-length stories in this volume centers on a different mental patient in the psychiatric ward of General Hospital K. The title story, Furīkusu: 564-gōshitsu no kanja (Fr …

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