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Each week on “Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet,” horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin presents a selection of Japanese horror, creepypastas and urban legends translated from the deepest, darkest parts of the web. Creepy ghosts and vengeful onryo, cursed technology and haunted shrines. Discover horror like only Japan knows how to deliver. Brand new and exclusive stories translated each week. Find out more at http://www.kowabana.net/

Kowabana: 'True' Japanese scary stories from around the internet Tara A. Devlin

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    • 4.8 • 346 Ratings

Each week on “Kowabana: ‘True’ Japanese scary stories from around the internet,” horror author and translator Tara A. Devlin presents a selection of Japanese horror, creepypastas and urban legends translated from the deepest, darkest parts of the web. Creepy ghosts and vengeful onryo, cursed technology and haunted shrines. Discover horror like only Japan knows how to deliver. Brand new and exclusive stories translated each week. Find out more at http://www.kowabana.net/

    Mark of the Other Side

    Mark of the Other Side

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    When the other side reaches out, it tends to leave its mark on this one. This week we delve into five tales that look at encounters with a world beyond our own.

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    • 43 min
    Evil Spirit Den

    Evil Spirit Den

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    Children are warned not to enter the abandoned shrine grounds, so what do they do? Enter, of course. Yet it’s the start of what will become a decades-long nightmare…

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    • 45 min
    Terrifying Rural Jaunts & Monsters

    Terrifying Rural Jaunts & Monsters

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    22% of Japan lives in rural areas that tale up much of the countryside. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city you’ll find all sorts of creepiness, like in these four tales…

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    • 45 min
    Cursed Countryside

    Cursed Countryside

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    The countryside isn’t all peace and tranquillity. Sometimes darkness hides out there, lurking, waiting for someone to stumble upon it again. Beware what lurks far from the busy cities…

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    • 44 min
    At Your Own Risk

    At Your Own Risk

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    Japan is full of stories that never turn out well for those involved. Sometimes just hearing about it is enough to curse you as well. These horrifying tales are a reminder that you can’t always avoid the unknown…

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    • 43 min
    The Supernatural, The Unexplainable

    The Supernatural, The Unexplainable

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    Explore five stories that looks at things that shouldn’t be. Buildings that shouldn’t exist, benign objects that can kill, mysterious voices in the woods, and more…

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

nandreamer ,

Love the stories

Great narration well thought out and just creepy but not to frightening. Well worth your time.

auto-de-fe ,

Too soft

The low rating is strictly based on the content. The stories have no punch to them. This is merely a flirtation with horror, indeed, you’ll get no nitty gritty here! Enough with the Similac and baby food, where’s the beef?

LiamRalph ,

Could be better

1. The filter for the stories is weak. There are many stories told that are not scary at all

2. Don’t give an introduction to the story beforehand, it spoils it; just give the title.

Otherwise, it’s good. These two things could improve your podcast. The main thing is you need to choose scarier stories.

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