Japanese horror writer's novel wins US award

Japanese horror writer's novel wins US award
Koji Suzuki.

TOKYO - Koji Suzuki, a leading Japanese horror novelist known for his creepy Ring horror series, won the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award in the novel category, becoming the first Japanese to win in that category.

The annual awards, held in Burlington, Massachusetts, are presented for outstanding achievement in the literature of horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy published in the preceding calendar year.

Suzuki won the award for his latest work, Edge, which he called his "masterpiece".

In Edge, people and celestial bodies disappear and mathematical rules no longer apply.

"I don't think novels with harmonious structures have any value. I'd like to give my readers a catalyst to change their fixed conceptions," Suzuki said.

"This (kind of horror) is my basic line. A grudge also appears in Ring, but the story itself is thoroughly logical," he added.

He said he tries, through his horror novels, to convey to his readers the power of courage and reason to overcome fear.

"Overcome difficulties on your own by gathering your courage," he said, adding that his writings are mainly based on this belief.

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