by Lillian Csernica on April 2, 2018
Bakemono are the group of yokai (monsters) in Japanese mythology who are shapeshifters and tricksters. Foremost among them are the mujina (badger), the tanuki (raccoon-dog), and the kitsune (fox spirit). Also holding noteworthy rank among the bakemono is the nekomata, the split-tailed cat who can assume the form of a beautiful woman.
In Putting On Airs (Thirty Days Later), there’s a surprisingly large cat terrorizing the dogs in Dr. Harrington’s neighborhood. With the help of the monks of Kiyomizudera, Madelaine builds a trap meant to catch what she suspects is the real cause of all the trouble.
In the second story of this pair, Blown Sky High, Constance is in charge of a garden party held in conjunction with the Blue Dragon Festival at Kiyomizudera. The party celebrates the Blue Dragon, an avatar of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. The party features Madelaine’s origami paper dragons and a wondrous clockwork dragon that adds just the right touch to the party’s symbolic rejoicing.
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by Lillian Csernica on May 6, 2015
I am delighted to announce the release of Twelve Hours Later. Two of my stories appear here, “In the Midnight Hour” and “A Demon in the Noonday Sun.” They are my first venture into the wonderful world of steampunk. Instead of Victorian England, my stories are set in Kyoto, Japan. The book blurb summarizes the plots nicely:
A devoted nursemaid braves mythical Japanese spirits to save a little girl’s life, only to bring down the wrath of a demon on the child’s father.
Kiyomizudera, the Pure Water Temple, which encompasses Otowa Falls. This is the primary setting for both of my stories.