Shūsuke Michio

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Shūsuke Michio

Shūsuke Michio 道尾秀介

Shūsuke Michio (1975–)  takes his pen name from the mystery writer Michio Tsuzuki, one of his idols. Michio first became interested in reading in high school, when he was inspired by the works of Yasunari Kawabata and Osamu Dazai. He began writing short-shorts in college and continued producing fiction after graduation in his time away from work. His first break as an author came when he received the Horror and Suspense Special Prize for Se no me (Eyes in the Back) in 2004; the following year he quit his job to write full-time. In 2009 his novel Karasu no oyayubi (By Rule of Crow’s Thumb) earned the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in addition to a Naoki Prize nomination; in a testament to the consistently high quality of his work, he was nominated for the biannual prize four more times on his way to winning it in 2011 with Tsuki to kani (Moon and Crab). Other honors include the 2010 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for Kōbai no hana (Flowers of Light), a collection of linked short stories. With his knack for easily crossing over genres such as horror and the mystery, Michio is a promising hitmaker among the new generation of writers. Other titles include the story collection Oni no ashioto (The Demon’s Footfalls), and the novels Kyūtai no hebi (The Swollen Snake) and Tōmei kamereon (The Invisible Chameleon).
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Books by Shūsuke Michio
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    Moon and Crab

    The town of Kamakura in early summer provides the backdrop for this powerfully told novel focusing on ten-year-old Shin'ichi. Two years earlier, after his father's business failed, Shin'ichi moved into his paternal grandfather's solitary home here in this …

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    Photophilous Flower

    This ambitious work on the theme of darkness and light is a collection of six linked stories that treat impulsive killings, children's loss of parents to accident or illness, and other dark events of life while contrasting them with the bright light that …

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    The Swollen Snake

    As he prepares to go to the funeral of Otsutarō Hashizuka, narrator Tomohiko remembers events from 16 years before, when he was a junior in high school. He had been living with Otsutarō and his daughter Nao for the previous four years, ever since his mo …

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    The Invisible Chameleon

    Kyōtarō Kirihata, 34, has a face made for radio and difficulty talking with women. Thanks to a distinctive voice and a gift for patter that are also perfect for radio, he has in fact become a popular late-night radio personality, but the gap between how …

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    The Demon’s Footfalls

    In this collection of six short stories, each highly distinctive in conception, author Shūsuke Michio probes the psychological mechanisms by which a person who is slightly unhinged steps across the line into utter madness. Crows appear as supporting char …

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    Staph

    A non-stop suspense thriller in which an ordinary woman becomes entangled in events that could shake the entertainment industry with scandal, forcing her to navigate one difficult situation after another, and leading both her and the reader to the story …

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