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The Melancholy of Mechagirl

From “Story No. 6”

It’s not easy to find her.

You’ll have to endure a great number of miserable, dusty basements and private, antiseptic vaults where no rot can reach. You’ll have to handle- and I mean handle, for these collectors and archivists are of the most reticent, stuttering, anxious breed-men and women whose bloodless hands have permanently taken on the dry color of film preservatives. Your eyesight will be a friend and a traitor. It’s good if you don’t need too much sleep; she rewards vigilance. Sort through enough film-the old kind, the kind that comes on reels, that, like an exotic, perforated desert plant, hates air and moisture and the wrong sort of light-and you might see her hair disappearing behind a camphor tree in The Tale of Chibisuke the Midget, a bare foot glimmering like a lantern behind a screen in The Spell of the Sand Painting Part Two. Perhaps her face, whole and round and silver and black, in the palace scenes of The Water Magician. Thousands, if not millions, of people have seen her and not known her for what she is-only another exquisite, ancient face in the exquisite, ancient silent films, flickering, monochrome, the color of a lost world.

There is a Kami hiding in those old movies. Which is to say, a god.

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Toh EnJoe on tour!

Toh EnJoe will be making Haikasoru history this month, by being the first of our authors to tour the United States! He’ll be at big chain stores, college campuses, and even the World Science Fiction Convention, LoneStarCon.

Do check him out. Here are the dates and times!

08/26 (Mon) 7:00PM Barnes & Noble, Burlington, MA
08/30 (Fri), morning lecture for Japanese lang/lit students—University of Texas, San Antonio. Not sure if the public is invited, but if not you can see him in town the next day at:
08/31 (Sat) 2:00PM Barnes & Noble, San Antonio, TX
09/07 (Sat) 3:00PM Kinokuniya New York
09/12(Thurs) 7:00PM Barnes and Noble, Emeryville, CA
09/17 (Tues), lecture for Japanese lang/lit students at UC Berkeley

And if you’re a member of this year’s Worldcon, here are EnJoe’s panel appearances, which take place at LoneStarCon 3, in San Antonio, Aug 29-Sept 2:

The Cthulhu Internationale
Friday 14:00 – 15:00

H. P. Lovecraft’s influence on horror and science fiction is not only immense, it is international. Come hear from Lovecraftians from the Americas, Europe, and Asia talk about Lovecraft’s work inspired them, and how their own work has adapted Lovecraftian themes for their particular national audiences.
>Toh EnJoe (M), David Nickle, Seia Tanabe, Masao Higashi, Cathy Clamp

Beyond Godzilla vs. King Kong: Monsters of Japan and the Americas
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00

Both East and West love monsters. The ghostly Japanese creatures knownas yokai are many and varied, and have a broad Western analogue in cryptids such as the sasquatch and chupacabra. The giant city-smashing kaiju, well the West has a few of those as well. But what are the differences, and what are the similarities, between these monsters?Why do adults still love monsters, and what do monsters mean when they appear in fiction, film, or folklore? Come and find out!
Seia Tanabe (M), Masao Higashi, Toh EnJoe

Disaster and the Literature of the Supernatural
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00

The inexpressible damage done to Japan by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011 is but the latest in a long line of disasters.The relationship between natural calamities and literature of thesupernatural has never been so profound…We will use both visuals and commentary to describe the current state of the damage done by disasters, and will explore the relationships between disasters, traditional ghost stories and the literature offantasy, as well as Japan’s unique folk cultural traditions. We will present graphic images of unusual Japanese spirits, demons, and monsters.
Masao Higashi (M), Toh EnJoe, Seia Tanabe


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