Pseudopod 004: Returning My Sister’s Face

By Eugie Foster.

Read by Stephen Eley.

Mother sat bolt upright and stared at Oiwa. “Where is your face?” she cried.

Oiwa reached a hand to her cheek. “I-It is at the front of my head, where it always is.”

“No, only half of it,” Mother replied. She glared at me. “I pledge you to return the other half of your sister’s face. Swear it, Yasuo!”

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September 24th, 2006 10:36 pm

Damn excellent! And very well researched. Obviously, Foster has been a student of Asian horror (I?m clumping Chinese, Korean and Japanese horror together here). I?ve read a fair bit of Chinese Sci-fi/Horror pulp ? mostly Ni Kwang and ?Returning my Sister?s Face? is spot on.

Don

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Vanamonde
September 25th, 2006 9:59 am

Not experience much japanese horror, but I enjoyed that story. Best one since bagman.

03
September 26th, 2006 5:23 pm

fantastic retelling! i love old asian ghost stories, and japanese ones in particular. listening to this, it felt like i was transported back to this time of warriors and women.

the storytelling is amazing, i was joyfully dragged into the depths of it. looking forward to more!

04
September 26th, 2006 5:43 pm

That one rocked my socks right off. I love samurai stories to begin with, but a samurai GHOST STORY?

Makes me want to get back into kendo.

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Hysteria
September 27th, 2006 12:00 pm

Oh yeah…this was a great story. It had all the elements of a classic ghost story, including an appropriate revenge.

So far, the podcast has been kind of hit-or-miss with me. I loved bag man, was kinda cold on the next couple of stories, and the flashes tend to go one way or the other. A story like this, though, definitely keeps me coming back for more. :)

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Adrian
November 10th, 2006 6:56 pm

Very well done. Timeless feel. Excellent payoff.

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Mari Mitchell
March 29th, 2008 11:00 am

I love tales that have a real sense of place of time.

All too often, stories take place no where special, either do to lazy writing or trying to make the story accessible to a larger audience; losing the chance for an all important character of setting, and atmosphere.

I wonder if the husband had been taken in by the charms of a servant girl, if he would had the same fate thrust upon his body? Some how, I think not.

I would have liked the story more if the person reading had the proper accent. To me, his tone was a little too harsh.

Still a lovely great ghost story.

08
June 22nd, 2008 2:10 am

I’m wondering, I didn’t notice in the audio, but does Ms. Foster give any credit to the original author of this story, Tsuruya Nanboku? This is a rather crude retelling of a popular Japanese ghost story, first written as a kabuki play and reproduced as movies in Japan; it isn’t a folktale, and it is not an original work.

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Camphor
January 8th, 2009 11:13 am

I didn’t like it. Too many cliches, too much description. (show don’t tell) The narrator was too loud and voice immitation of various characters distracting.

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Amber
January 16th, 2009 4:57 am

Woot for Oiwa.