Category Archives: Japan

The Mystery of Japan’s Three Imperial Treasures

(ABOVE: Artist’s impression of the Sanshu no Jingi) As a tie-in to the “Sword Mirror Jewel” Giveaway, we look at the sword, mirror and jewel of the trilogy’s title, known in Japanese language as the Sanshu no Jingi, and their … Continue reading

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J-Horror meets H. P. Lovecraft – in “The Mists of Osorezan”!

The following is an excerpt from the novel “The Mists of Osorezan”, a supernatural thriller written by Zoe Drake.  Synopsis: It begins with a series of unconnected mysteries … Aomori, Japan: A young girl dies during the testing of a revolutionary … Continue reading

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Murder and Intrigue in Tokyo’s Sin City

The following is an excerpt from the novel “Dead Hand Clapping”, a crime thriller with supernatural elements, written by Zoe Drake.  Synopsis: Tokyo, January 2002. The world is still in shock after 9/11 and Japan is in a state of paranoia, … Continue reading

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“Zero Sum Game” – Science Fiction Adventure in a Japanese setting!

The following is an excerpt from “Zero Sum Game”, a science fiction novel set in Hiroshima, west Japan.  To find out more about Cody L. Martin – go here! Hina Takamachi is leading the ordinary life of a Japanese schoolgirl … Continue reading

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A Japanese Ghost Story from “Dark Lanterns”

This is an excerpt of a story from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of 15 ghost stories set in modern Japan, written by Excalibur author Zoe Drake. Find out more about Zoe Drake here!           FALLEN THROUGH … Continue reading

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The War of the Yokai starts here!

The following is an excerpt from “Voice of the Sword”, Book 1 of the YA Fantasy trilogy “Sword, Mirror, Jewel”, based on events and characters from Japanese mythology. To find out more about the trilogy – go here! I have … Continue reading

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“The Sakura Strategy”

EXCERPT FROM THE “SWORD, MIRROR, JEWEL” FANTASY TRILOGY BASED ON JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY: We soon entered the bustling streets of the second block of Aioicho, in the Honjo district, and looked out cautiously upon the soiled, transient beauty of the Low … Continue reading

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Who was Jimmu – Japan’s First Emperor?

     Why is Feb 11 a national holiday in Japan? What does ‘National Foundation Day’ mean? Is it referring to the national constitution drawn up after World War II, defining what Japan’s government could and could not do? In … Continue reading

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Six Awesome Reading Experiences for 2018!

This year, readers of Excalibur Books can look forward to … The official launch of Volume Two of the alternative history science fiction collection, Tales From Beyond Tomorrow! (Release Date: March 25th) A special promotion to celebrate the 200th anniversary … Continue reading

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The World’s First Official Godzilla Store!

Anyone interested in the Godzilla films, the ‘Kaiju’ tradition, or Japanese pop culture in general may well be interested in the first store dedicated exclusively to the big green behemoth! The Godzilla Store opened on October 30th 2017 – to … Continue reading

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