Yumeaki Hirayama

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Yumeaki Hirayama

Yumeaki Hirayama 平山夢明

Yumeaki Hirayama (1961–)  states that the grotesque descriptions of his stock in trade derive from having witnessed repeated suicide jumpers and traffic accidents as an adolescent. He went on to college after high school, but preferred to spend his time making homemade horror movies, and eventually dropped out. As a writer, he got his start reviewing Z-grade movies for a weekly magazine, and in 1993 became a regular contributor to a series of "true horror" volumes. His debut as a novelist came in 1996 with the psycho-thriller Sinker?shizumu mono (Sinker). In 2006 he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories with Dokuhaku suru yunibasaru yoko merukatoru (Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection), and his collection of the same title took first place in the 2007 Konomys rankings. He won the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize in 2009, and the Haruhiko Oyabu Award in 2011, for his noir novel Diner, set in a restaurant where professional hit men gather. Among his other works is the 2011 story collection An Outsider's Death (original English title).

Books by Yumeaki Hirayama
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    Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection

    This collection of eight standalone short stories churns out a veritable mountain of corpses. In one story death comes from the swift blow of an axe, in another at the end of an excruciatingly lengthy torture, in a third from being burned alive, and in a …

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    Diner

    Bored with her clerical job, Kanako Oba, a 30-year-old divorcée, responds to an online ad: "Driver. Pay 300,000 yen. Entails some risk." Hired by a couple to be the driver of the getaway car in a cash heist, she soon finds herself entangled in a nightmar …

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    True Horror: Temple-Gripping Tales?Skewered

    The "true horror" genre, according to the editor of the strange-tales magazine in which most of these pieces originally appeared, addresses "all manner of supernatural occurrences people have actually encountered or heard about," and "gives rise to fear, …

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