The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
A Novel

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One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, The Graveyard Apartment is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.

This tale of a young married couple who harbor a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building start to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone... or something... lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.


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Mariko Koike (born 1952) is a widely published best-selling Japanese author and winner of the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories (1989), the Naoki Prize (1995), the Shimase Award for Love Stories (1998), the Shibata Renzaburo Award (2006) and the MEXT Award for the Arts (2012). Juliet W. Carpenter teaches at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and works as a freelance translator.
Published October 11, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. 334 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reviewed by Cherie Priest It’s been 30 years since The Graveyard Apartment was published in Japan, and now this new translation aims to bring the supernatural stylings of Mariko Koi

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