Introductions to Japanse Horror movies

 

Award winning and best-selling Japanese horror author Derek Vasconi is offering an introduction to the incredibly scary and psychologically scarring world of Japanese horror films! Derek has lived in Japan and spent several years both writing about Japanese horror films as well as negotiating the movie rights to a very popular Japanese horror film for an American Adaptation, of which he is currently writing the movie script for. Additionally, Derek has spent the past twenty years of his life watching Japanese horror films, and is considered to be one of the leading experts in the world on the discussion of Japanese horror movies, what they mean, the themes contained within them, and how they are different from Western horror movies.

During the lecture, Derek will provide a discussion about the more popular Japanese horror movies that many may already be familiar with and go in depth about the ideas conveyed in each of the films that will be discussed. A discussion on popular horror themes, such as the Yurei, will also be touched upon, and afterwards, a Q&A with the audience.

Derek will also, if time permits, discuss his Japanese horror book, KAI, which has won several awards and is a best seller on Amazon. KAI is currently in talks to being made into a Japanese horror film.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF KAI:
The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s CARRIE, KAI explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world.

Satsuki Takamoto is an invisible otaku teenager in Hiroshima. The only thing she has going for her is the upcoming birth of her sister. No longer will she be alone. But when her mother has a gory miscarriage right in front of her, Satsuki loses her one chance at happiness. She spirals into a deep depression, shutting out everyone and everything by locking herself inside her bedroom-for
good. Her sadness, however, pales in comparison to her uncontrollable anger. It spreads like a nuclear fire, ambivalent to what or who it destroys, and won’t stop until Satsuki accepts her sister’s death. 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Evanston, Illinois, Seul Bi Rissiello can’t sleep because every time she closes her eyes, she relives her adoptive parents’ gruesome deaths. Why is she thinking so much about them now, ten years afterward? As she struggles with working at a clinic for the mentally disturbed, Seul Bi starts to unravel under the weight of living a lonely life and being twice an orphan. Her life devolves into a series of ominous and dangerous hallucinations that threaten not only her sanity, but her very
existence as well. 

As both girls struggle to understand what is happening to them, their enigmatic connection comes into focus, raising the question: What if all the suffering in your life was carefully choreographed by somebody you’ve never met?

KAI HAS WON SEVERAL AWARDS, INCLUDING:
WINNER OF THE IRDA AWARD FOR BEST HORROR BOOK OF 2016
WINNER OF THE NIEA AWARD FOR BEST HORROR BOOK OF 2016
FINALIST FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR FICTION IN 2016
ONE OF THE TOP 100 NOTABLE BOOKS IN THE 2016 SHELF UNBOUND BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION
FINALIST FOR THE 2016 KINDLE BOOK REVIEW AWARD
WINNER OF THE 2016 JACK EADON AWARD FOR BEST BOOK IN A CONTEMPORARY DRAMA! 
FINALIST FOR THE 2016 FOREWORD INDIES BEST HORROR BOOK 

ABOUT DEREK VASCONI:
Derek Vasconi was raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. He didn't stay there for very long, as after graduating from high school, he co-founded the metal band, From A Second Story Window, and went on tour for most of his early 20's. In 2006, Derek made the decision to move on from the band and pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development, which he
achieved, at Penn State University. After doing this, he went to Japan to live on and off for the next five years, and life has never been the same for him since.

Derek has accomplished a myriad of things in his life, including founding a traditional, independent book publishing company, creating an iphone app (eMobo, which brought the Japanese cell phone novels, or "keitai shousetsu," to the Western world), and now, has pursued writing himself. His first book, KAI, showcases Derek's passion for both Japan and horror, as he blends them seamlessly in an unforgettable and jaw-dropping debut book about one girl from Hiroshima who wants to destroy the world.

Additionally, Derek is currently working on several more horror novels, and when he's not writing, he spends his time hopelessly devoted to all things otaku, listening to JPOP music, and hanging out with his little daughter and pet cat, Gachapin, who hates all humanity.

LINKS: 
Official website:  http://www.derekvasconi.com


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