Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn is a collection of 28 strange, ghost stories written by Hearn. Hearn was one of the nineteenth century’s best-known writers, his name celebrated alongside those of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson. He worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and the West Indies before heading to Japan in 1890 on a commission from Harper’s. There, he married a Japanese woman from a samurai family, changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo, and became a Japanese subject. An avid collector of traditional Japanese tales, legends, and myths, Hearn taught literature and wrote his own tales for both Japanese and Western audiences. His Japanese tales have been most famously turned into the film, Kwaidan (1965), directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist, essayist, and NPR commentator. His many books include Whatever Gets You through the Night, The Postmodern Dada Guide, and The Poetry Lesson.
Sean Cole is a producer, reporter and occasional guest host for This American Life. He's worked in public radio for more than 20 years -- also as a producer for Radiolab, a reporter for Marketplace and a contributor for many other programs and podcasts including 99% Invisible, Studio 360, and Only a Game. His poetry collections include The December Project published by Boog Literature, Itty City by Pressed Wafer and One Train on Dusie press.