"Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan is a spooky read perfect for curling up with alongside a cat of your own. ...a handsome travel-size bestiary fit for the monsters that roam its pages. “Kaibyo” ends far too quickly, but thankfully there’s more to come. This is just the beginning of Davisson’s new series about Japan’s otherworldly animals." –The Japan Times
Kaibyō: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Co-published by Mercuria Press & Chin Music Press
Beware the housebound kitty-cat. Japanese lore tells us that if you keep a cat as a pet too long, its tail will split, it will begin walking on its hind legs, and that beloved kitty may just hunt you down. Japanese mythology teems with tales of supernatural cats, which have in turn inspired generations of artists. Kaibyō: The Supernatural Cats of Japan is an in-depth exploration of these sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome feline creatures and spectres of Japan. Folklore expert Zack Davisson illuminates this vast realm of kaibyō, or supernatural cats, with historical and modern cultural context. Lushly illustrated in full color with dozens of ukiyo-e and drawings. A must have book for the Japanophile and cat-lover alike!
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Zack Davisson is an award winning translator, writer, lecturer, and scholar of manga and Japanese folklore and ghosts. In addition to Kaibyō: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, he is the author of Yūrei: The Japanese Ghost, and Yokai Stories. He is also the folklore expert and essayist for Wayward from Image Comics.