John Boon, a prolific writer of horror and thriller short stories, is a regular contributor to Hiding from Japanese Ghosts with a number of urban legend recommendations and translated stories including My Black-Haired Jenny Doll and Four People Stood at the Riverbank.
During a trip to Nagoya, John and I had a chat about his interest in horror, the scariest traits about living in Japan, and what is it to be part of the global horror community.
During a hike on a secluded mountain trail, an unsettling discovery poses more questions than answers.
Translated and written by John Boon
Original story: ４人で川っぷちに立ってたのね
My hobby is mountain hiking, the kinds of mountains I like to hike are ones with no roads, no other people and where wild vegetables grow. Off the beaten track hiking.
Sometimes on these hikes I come across strange or unusual things, for example I once saw an albino antelope and on another occasion I saw an eagle the size of a grown man.
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