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October 17, 2021

Scary Story Time: “Go-Away Monkey” (Ep. 86)

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For the spooky month of October, I’m reading my short horror story, “Go-Away Monkey” from my collection The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales. It’s set in an older Japan in a small village that has been ravaged by smallpox. If you remember Episode 4 (Monkeys and Monkey Lore), you’ll understand the monkey show coming to town to drive away all the bad luck and disease. But does it work?

Written a full five years before the pandemic, it feels quite prescient to me. What do you think?

It is horror, however. So some trigger warnings:

Sex, disease, some blood, self harm, animal abuse.

*story* (Sorry I can’t transcribe it. I only have the audio rights.)


Intro and outro music by Julyan Ray Matsuura

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Speculative fiction writer, long-term resident of Japan and Bram Stoker Award finalist Thersa Matsuura explores all that is weird from old Japan—strange superstitions, folktales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures she digs up while doing research for her writing.

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