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  • Queen of K'n-yan
  • Ken Asamatsu
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  • 06 February 2019
  • 9784902075236

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ueen of K'n-yan review Ð 0 Rmy are present in the research center in Tokyo Hallucinations and reality begin to fuse as innocents begin to die in both realities A classic work of modern horror from the fevered brain of Asamatsu Ken recognized as a master of weird fiction and horror in Japan Stunning cover art by Kojima Aya. ueen Of K n Yan was first published in Japan in 1993 and it is now issued in English by Japan based publisher Kurodahan Press with the translation provided by Kathleen TajiThis story is a homage to The Mound a comparatively obscure short story ghostwritten by HP Lovecraft the name K n Yan in fact came from there but the end result is also clearly inspired by the 1982 film The Thing In fact there is one scene that is pretty similar to one of the gruesome moments in that filmOur meolcular biologist heroine Morishita Ari is sent to help the research team of a very secretive corporation Japan Gene Engineering In fact JGE has constructed a huge structure to conduct their latest hush hush research one that is compared several times to the Leviathan ooh foreshadowing Imagine Ari s surprise when she learns that the research is funded by the Chinese government hence the presence of numerous thuggish armed Chinese goons around the place Well she s in for a bigger shock when she realizes that the research centered around a mummified corpse of a pretty girl said to date back to the very very early days of human civilization in China Or perhaps even before thatI m sure it is not a shocker if I say that the mad scientists want to bring this mummy called the Princess of K n Yan by Dr Li the chief researcher back to life If you do not see that one coming you must not have read or watched horror stuff often The fun starts when the mummy comes back to life naturallyReviewing translated works is always tricky because it can be hard to determine whether the author or the translator is to be pointed the finger at Here however the fact that this story is translated causes the story itself to lose much of its charm The nuances of the story that are due to plays on the Japan language are lost here The translation itself is serviceable but perhaps too serviceable to the point that reading this story is akin to reading a manual of some sort The narrative feels monotonous and cold The story takes a long time to get going relying on the building up of suspense and tension to keep my anticipation going so the dry narrative actually works against the storyThe story becomes really fun once the gore starts although the homages to The Thing are way too obvious and since I have watched that movie before uite clumsy Come to think of it despite being touted as a story inspired by the Cthulhu mythos I feel that this story is in sync with contemporary science fiction horror tropes Not that this is a bad thing of course It s just that the story feels like a blatant homage than anything else and I feel that the author could have done something with itNow it is pretty much a given fact that stupidity is to be expected in most horror stories and in some cases it is understandable as panic and hysteria always make one dumb in the heat of the moment But here there are many head scratching moments When Ari realizes that there are shots fired in the lab with bullets denting the walls of the elevator she is in her course of action is to go back to her room to get a phone Why not just go straight down and out of the whole building Of course if she does this the story would be about 100 pages shorter Secondary characters do some stupid things too like one guy caring about his employment status when everyone else around him is getting killed by a monster from hell Heck early in the story when our heroine hears reports of earthuakes and worse happening all around her her reaction is basically Meh whateverThese characters never feel real they feel like action figures without realistic human emotions Therefore I don t find myself caring whether they live or die I just want to be entertained by the gore and the story delivers plenty of that in the last act of the storyIt is also disappointing that the monster said to be cunning ends up being just crazy and murderous This is where the link to the Cthulhu mythos works against this story the most The Old Ones are said to be cold and distant their concerns unfathomable to mortal minds Here however the ueen of K n Yan when she awakes she gets promoted or so it seems to these people is just a standard evil monster in a sci fi horror flickueen Of K n Yan has an interesting premise but the execution never fully delivers the good stuff The gore is great if a little too obviously a nod to The Thing but everything else doesn t measure up

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ueen of K'n-yan review Ð 0 The mummy of a beautiful young girl from Shang Dynasty China is found in an ornate and astonishingly large underground tomb Preliminary research shows that her cells contain reptilian DNA and a Japanese research lab is asked to investigate further Working under the stern Dr Li molecular biologis. Some of the most bizarre films the world has ever seen came from the small island of Japan Some of the nastiest and most ear damaging punk rock have come from the same island Attention has been paid to Koji Suzuki the horror fiction author of the Ring series which is J horror s most famous export Several of Suzuki s novels have made it into english but I very interested in going further with Japanese horror fiction Why not a Japanese take on one of the 20th century American horror mythos of HP LovecraftThat is what this novel Japanese horror author Asamatu Ken isLovecraft reinvented the horror fiction genre in the the early half of the 20th century by excusing himself from the traditional tropes of vampires and werewolves He created a his own mythology of cosmic monsters who very existence was hard for the human mind to handle Well I often think of those mythos being placed in Lovecraft s native New England authors around the globe have been playing on Lovecraft s unhollowed ground since he was aliveThe man encouraged other writers to create with the mythos I am not sure Lovecraft who at times had some nice things to say about the Japanese but mostly racist things would have felt about the translation None the less Ken has created an excellent mythos story that as fan of asian cinema feels of it s cultureThe story centers around A biologist named Anri Morisita who is hired by a corporation to study the remains of a mummy unearth in China The setting in the JGE s headuarters named the Leviathan tower reminds me of a Clive Barker influence On the inside the building with various elevators connecting only certain floors with each other seems perfect for a Resident Evil style gameAnri is a well developed character who has flashbacks to the cruel treatment of pre WW II chinese at the hands of the Japanese It suggests a deeper plot but one of the few weaknesses of the narrative is the Flashbacks happen so fast Written with no narrative transition I often got confused and had to scan back After it s established in the novel that is less of a concern Anri is hired to do research on the impossibly old MummyAs the research continues the corporation and it s motives are revealed with it s knowledge of the the mummy s ancient origin This sets up an amazingly timed and delivered chapter break at the end of the fifth chapter This is a short and effectively written story that deserves it s place as one of the finest modern takes of the Cthulhu mythos Lovecraft devotees should not miss this bookBeautifully packaged with amazing artwork by Kojima Ayami the ueen of Kn Yan is textbook example of why we need a healthy and thriving small press Kurodahan press has translated and provided a book that no major publisher in New York would bother to give but it is an important and fun book none the lessLibraries in Japanese districts and ones interested in having a complete and diverse genre collection should get this book for sure This is an excellent work of horror fiction and it tells me that I should be investing the collections of Japanese mythos fiction released by the same press and edited by the authorCheck out their books for sale online or reuest them from your local library I am reviewing another selection from the same press next month An anthology of Japanese Science Fiction Looking forward to that

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ueen of K'n-yan review Ð 0 T Morishita Anri begins to probe the mysteries locked in the mummy's genetic code while experiencing strange hallucinations of a different time and place As Dr Li hints at prehuman intelligences and huge caverns under the earth Anri begins to wonder why uniformed soldiers of the PRC Liberation A. I say this would work better as a movie for two reasons First good science fiction this is not but it doesn t take good science fiction to make a good movie People have lower expectations for movies Secondly the action scenes at the end read like watching a movie as distinct from action scenes designed for printI say it s not good science fiction because its uses of science and history are deeply flawed by poor research Even in 1993 one couldn t log into a computer by just typing a person s full name You can t just image the order or freuency of nucleotides and get a picture of a hand The jumble of historical references for when the K n Yan lived don t fit together If you want readable science fiction you have to get the facts you re using straight


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