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Publication Date : 20-08-2013
Koji Suzuki is the first Japanese to win the Shirley Jackson Award
Koji Suzuki, a leading Japanese horror novelist known for his “Ring” series, won the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award in the novel category, becoming the first Japanese to win in that category.
Named after Shirley Jackson, an American author known for her works dealing with abnormal psychology, the annual awards are presented for outstanding achievement in the literature of horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy published in the preceding calendar year.
A smiling Suzuki, who won the award for his work “Edge,” said: “I think [Edge] is my masterpiece. I’m really glad that I won the award for it.”
Though he is known for horror novels, Suzuki likes physics and philosophy. “Many Japanese horror stories are related to grudges or animism, but [I don't think] they are scary at all,” he said.
In “Edge”, people and celestial bodies disappear and mathematical rules no longer apply. “This [kind of horror] is my basic line. A grudge appears also in ‘Ring,’ but the story itself is thoroughly logical,” Suzuki said.
He says 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 advises. Suzuki’s writing philosophy is based on this belief, he says.
“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.
Suzuki himself keeps taking on the challenge of using new expressions in his work.