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Dark Water

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Dark Water

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Author: Koji Suzuki
Publisher: Vertical, 2004
Original Japanese publication, 1996

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Book Type: Collection
Genre: Horror
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A haunting collection of short stories from Koji Suzuki, one of Japan's most celebrated popular writers and the author of the smash thriller Ring, which spawned the hit film and its sequels.

The collection contains seven stories, and an extra plotline forming the prologue and epilogue.

Floating Water - the inspiration for the film Dark Water by Hideo Nakata, which was remade (US remake) by Brazilian director Walter Salles starring Jennifer Connelly. It is the story of a young mother and her daughter who take refuge from a messy divorce in a run-down apartment building. The mother discovers that a small girl vanished from the building a year previously, and begins to investigate the connection between her disappearance and a series of terrifying events taking place around the flat. Both the Japanese film and the American remake are quite similar.

Solitary Isle - a young man sets out to discover the truth behind his dead friend's boast that he dumped his girlfriend naked on an island in the middle of Tokyo Bay.

The Hold - a fisherman who beats his wife and son tries to uncover the reason for his wife's disappearance, and why he has a throbbing headache.

Dream Cruise - a young man is invited out on a mini-cruise by a couple who wish to entice him into a pyramid sales scheme. Fairly soon, bizarre things start happening to the boat. Dream Cruise was adapted for the Masters of Horror Showtime cable network series in 2007 and it was directed by Tsuruta Norio.

Adrift - the crew of a fishing trawler happen across an abandoned yacht, similar in situation to the Mary Celeste. The film rights for this story have been optioned.

Watercolors - an amateur dramatic troupe stages a play in a converted disco, but strange things start happening on the floor above.

Forest Under The Sea - the only story in the collection to have no real supernatural element whatsoever. Two spelunkers discover an unexplored cave, but become trapped. Suzuki here explores the emotions of regret and longing. It ties in with the epilogue story.


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