Also by this author: Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse
Published by TokyoPop on October 14th 2008
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Horror, Japanese Literature, Mystery, Serial Killer, Short Story
Someone had taken apart her body in the forest. Her eyes, tongue, ears, thumbs, organs--each was nailed to a tree.Amazon •
One tree had, from top to bottom: the left big toe, the upper lip, the nose, and the stomach. Another had other bits of her arranged like Christmas tree decorations.
The murder was soon the talk of the nation...
Otsuichi-san's GOTH comes at you with a relentless awe and a taste for the twisted. In this truly shocking tale of terror, two high school sociopaths become fixated on a local serial murderer. But rather than trying to prevent and solve the next murder, their obsession grows, taking them on a descent into a maniacal darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur.
Psychologically twisted and emotionally wrenching, this compelling story takes Japan's horror tradition to a whole new level of fear.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Gore
Goth is book with six short horror stories; Goth, Wrist-Cut, Dog, Memory/Twins, Grave, and Voice. The stories are connected by two high school students that have a fondness for serial killers and occasionally get way too close to the killers.
The main character can be compared to a young Dexter, if you’ve seen the show. He has a very calm detachment to emotions, but is interested in how and why the serial killers work in each story.
Morino is a self-inserted side-kick to our main character. She makes herself useful to him and loves to investigate crimes, but it seems like she is more working to impress the main character than anything else.
What makes Goth different from other Japanese horror novels is the lack of supernatural elements. Each story has a different flair. A couple of the stories reveal dark secrets about the main characters while other stories are just plain dark and twisted, but each story is based on the actions of humans and not ghosts or demons like a typical Japanese novel.
The constant questions on the reader’s mind throughout the book is are the main characters eventually going to become killers themselves? Are they going to become victims when they get too close? It’s enough to keep drawing you in and shivering through the creeps working up and down your spine.