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HANZAI JAPAN giveaway contest winners!

Thanks for the great turnout and intriguing essay-comments this time around. Without further ado, here are the four winners of our Hanzai Japan giveaway contest!

Though we must say that we are shocked and saddened that nobody mentioned Rebus.


First up is Matthew! Though naming S. J. Rozan’s Lydia Chin/Bill Smith wouldn’t have been cheating (they’re in the book!), we’re big fans of Jim Chee as well.

Second is Carrie Morita for writing a poem! We are suckers for poems! Naomi Hirahara seems to inspire them!

Third up is the mysterious “n”, who mentioned comic book antihero Spider Jerusalem. (We’re also huge fans of Warren Ellis’s two prose crime novels, btw.) We’re big believers in “broad church” crime fiction, so liked the out there suggestion.

And finally, if only in order to encourage Alex to write the story, we select this entry about the notional detective seeking out the murder of Alexander III.

Thanks for playing everyone, and remember to pick up a copy of Hanzai Japan next week!

It’s the HANZAI JAPAN giveaway contest!

Next week we launch Hanzai Japan, our third anthology, which is already getting some good pre-release buzz. And that means this week we launch our giveaway contest!

Hanzai means crime, which is the slogan of the book. It features fiction running the gamut of crime from vampiric police procedurals to supernatural prisons to good ol’ fashioned murder sprees. Contributors include New York Times best-seller Carrie Vaughn, All You Need Is KILL/Edge of Tomorrow‘s Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Catwoman’s Genevieve Valentine, mystery genre stalwarts S. J. Rozan and Naomi Hirahara, cross-genre author Jeff Somers, and many more.

The contest this time around is a simple one. In the comments to this post, write a brief essay telling us who your favorite fictional sleuth who is not Sherlock Holmes is. It can be an amateur sleuth, or a supernatural detective; a costumed crime-fighter or a hard-boiled anti-hero. As usual, you can post in English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Chinese, or Greek, and around noon on Friday we’ll pick our four favorite responses four lucky winners will receive a copy of Hanzai Japan! Don’t be shy; we ship worldwide.

Points for cleverness! We’ll look at poems, even Begin!

GOTH giveaway winners

Thanks, all who entered! There were so many good horror movies listed and defended that I couldn’t decide. So I made Intern Kathleen* do it.

And here are the winners!

It was exciting to see so many diverse movie recommendations– only one or two movies were nominated twice! Here are the four winners:

First up is Carrie, whose short comment reminded me of the horrors of VHS-only films and salivating domestic pets running amok.

I also enjoyed Seth Ellis‘s insightful suggestions, and include his conclusion for the benefit of the readers: “…the turning from the mundane to the horrifying can be very short.”

Third is Sarah Hayes, for both her reference to Otsuichi and her attention to cinematography.

Last but not least, the fourth book goes to Misty Warner, whose entry made me want to laugh and cry under a table at the same time.

Congrats to all!

*Not the Intern Kathleen from 2012-2013 who later appeared in The Battle Royale Slam Book, a new one, also named Kathleen. Must have been a demographic bulge of Kathleens about twenty years ago.

It’s the GOTH giveaway contest!

Have you seen that Goth is coming back? We plucked the old translation from the wreckage, dusted it off, made it fresh again with a brand-new, previously untranslated novelette! And now you can win a copy, for free!

By now you are likely familiar with our giveaway contests: we ask a question, you write a little essay or poem answering it in the comments of this point, and on Friday afternoon we pick for winners. We ship anywhere. The question this time:

What is your favorite obscure horror film and why? Yes, feel free to creatively misinterpret the word “obscure”, but if you name Nightmare on Elm Street or something, we are going to look at you funny.

To get you revved up, here’s a trailer for the 2008 Japanese film adaptation of Goth:

So, let us know what spooked you, cinematically (and obscurely) and you may win a copy of Goth!

PS: yes, the secret motivation for this contest is to get a good personal recommendation list of obscure horror films.


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