UKIYO-E - "images from the floating world" - were the most popular art-form of 19th century Japan. Like modern-day manga, these prints could be mass-produced and were admired by people from all sectors of society; and as in manga, the art of ukiyo-e included significant sub-genres dealing in violence, erotica and horror. With unflinching images of weird sex, bloody carnage and grotesque, demonic ghosts and monsters, "Dream Spectres" is a powerful collection of the extremes of ukiyo-e, featuring the work of such artists as Yoshitoshi, Ekin, Kunichika, Yoshiiku, Kunisada, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitsuya, Hiroshige, Kyosai, and Chikanobu. "Dream Spectres" features over 170 amazing full-colour images, including the complete Eimei Nijuhasshuku ("28 Blood Atrocities") of Yoshitoshi and Yoshiiku, and ranges in content from bondage and bestiality to decapitations, demons and designs for classic irezumi (body tattoos). This is Japanese art not only at its extremes of imagination, but often at its most highly accomplished and innovative. This new, revised, enlarged and expanded edition of "Dream Spectres" is presented in large-format and full-colour throughout. The Ukiyo-e Master Series: presenting seminal collections of art by the greatest print-designers and painters of Edo-period and Meiji-period Japan.
How many generations has this curse survived? Page by page we unlock clues as to the origin of the book itself. It looks as if each person who passed this book along somehow became apart of it; as if the book were capable of trapping innocent souls between its pages! Part horror fiction, part philosophy, the book uses a myriad of voices to illustrate its Nihilistic world view. Features essays on: Nietzsche, Descartes, Diogenes and Fernando Pessoa. (This book is the second installment of this author's "Shadow Buddha Trilogy" which includes: 1)In Grand Purple Robes of Madness, 2)Spectres of Confusion and 3)Slow Arrow)
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - I was a devil of a scapegrace in my time. No tree was too high for me, no water too deep; and, when there was mischief going, I was the ring-leader of the band. Father racked his head for days together to find a punishment that I should remember; but it was all no good: he wore out three or four birch-rods on my back; his hands pained him merely from hitting my hard head; and bread and water was a welcome change to me from the everyday monotony of potatoes and bread-and-butter. After a sound drubbing followed by half a day's fasting, I felt more like laughing than like crying; and, in half a while, all was forgotten and my wickedness began afresh and worse than ever. One summer's evening, I came home in fine fettle. I and ten of my school-fellows had played truant: we had gone to pick apples in the priest's orchard; and we had pulled the burgomaster's calf into the brook to teach it to swim, but the banks were too high and the beast was drowned. Father, who had heard of these happenings, laid hold of me in a rage and gave me a furious trouncing with a poker, after which, instead of turning me into the road, as his custom was, he caught me up fair and square, carried me to the loft, flung me down on the floor and bolted the trap-door behind him.
Newly published children's author, Lena Whitney, lives in the middle class world of small town USA. Wife, and mother of one, Lena is comfortable in her established and predictable existence. It's only when unexpected change comes to call, in the form of a mysterious doctor, that she discovers things aren't always what they seem. As Lena struggles to break out of her every day world, she tries to not slip into a darker, unknown world. Will she be able to deal with her inner demons, as well as the outer demons she will have to face? Her 'soul' searching could cost her more than just her lifestyle. The cost could be her life.