THE GHOST AND THE MASK
Tales of the Victims of the Kofu Head Collector
The katana flashes in the night, its blade reflecting the fluorescent glow of the train station lights. A head rolls onto the tracks.
The tales within tell the stories of five of the victims of the Kofu Head Collector, the supernatural serial killer from Headless, book one of The Ghost and the Mask.
In “The Peculiar Guest,” an unusual man stays at an inn at the base of Mount Fuji, worrying the innkeepers with his disturbing behavior.
In “The Sea Bass,” a Korean-Japanese outcast joins the yakuza and must choose between loyalty to his new family and the life of a kidnapped girl.
In “A Distant Clanging,” a salaryman’s obsession over a maid café server is his latest addiction, carrying him into a haunted world of delusion and terror.
These stories and more, including a surprise story of an unknown victim not on Akio and Masami’s police briefing, are all tied together with a mysterious man and his supernatural figurines. Is he trying to help or is he playing with their lives?