Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I finally found one!

Okay, Koji Suzuki -- the horror author of Ring, Spiral, and Loop to name a few -- has just come out with a new tale called "Drop". It's a horror story printed on toilet paper. It's a horror story about a public toilet. It's a horror story to be read while sitting on the, you guessed it, toilet.

I know, this has probably been blogged to death, but I wanted to wait until I actually got my hands on a, um, copy before I mentioned it.

First, here's my sexy model posing with the role of toilet paper.

A role cost about 210 yen, not quite two bucks with the current exchange rate.

Also, I was reading around on English sites about this and wanted to say it's NOT a novel. It's NOT a novella. It's a short story. A very short story. Probably flash fiction if I wanted to sit down and count up the characters. And it's printed over and over. The story is divided into nine parts which more or less fit on a square of toilet paper.

What I found curious was that he chose to write it in the second person, addressing me as the reader. Interesting. And Mr. Suzuki even goes as far as to guess my age and gender -- a twenty something female. Boy, he hit that one right on the head!

Time for another picture. Dog covered in toilet paper. Sleepy, not necessarily happy about the photo shoot.

The story is scary though for various reasons, but I won't post any spoilers. I imagine an English version could come out eventually.

Another Cha pic. Dog fading fast ... about to .... drop.

Ha, ha, ha, had to end on a pun.


Benjamin Solah said...

I've seen this!

It sounds more readable as a short story. I don't think I spend enough time on the toilet to read a novel.

Pat said...

I swan...toilet paper literature! Japanese folks have more creativity and innovativeness than they know what to do with.

Hilary said...

So it's designed to scare the crap out of you? ;)

Cha looks adorable.. but none too pleased to be draped in Drop.

Kappa no He said...

Ben, you are so right. Could imagine trying to read a novel, getting half way through, and then next time you go to the bathroom someone's flushed the last half down the toilet. That would suck.

Pat, I was surprised at how readable it was. I do have big issues with their lawn mowers though. I threw a hissy fit this past weekend about mine.

Hilary, you're a doll. I wonder if it helps for those who are constipated. Interesting...

And Cha, he was a little upset with me. We'd just gotten back from a very hot walk and he just wanted to crash. At this very moment he's acting like a nut. Just stole Julyan's chopsticks from his school bag and is parading around with them.

laughingwolf said...

i'm a fan, rerrie... but can't read a word of japanese... maybe your dog can translate for me? ;)lol

Kappa no He said...

Ha, ha, he decided to shred the masterpiece. Maybe it was too scary?

SabrinaT said...

that is great! I do hope an English version comes out soon!

Kappa no He said...

I wonder if he'd let me, there's an idea!

Mary Witzl said...

I'm not touching that. Remember when, after Jaws, all those people stopped going to the beach? Well, I'm not going to chance this.

Plus, my kids were scared witless after seeing The Ring. And my kids don't scary easily.

Love the dog, though.

Kappa no He said...


Oh, can you imagine, a boycott on the toilet. Wait, let's not imagine...

MDK said...

Hey, T.

Long time no see. It seemed like the appropriate time to "drop" in. lol. This is a really neat idea. I wonder if there are any paper towels with poetry on them?

Kappa no He said...

MDK! Hey-hey! I hope you are doing good. I need to be better about visiting my list of blogs. What a great idea...haiku on tissue paper?