As the UMD Libraries are gearing up to celebrate Halloween with a live reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, it made me think, would the Prange Collection have anything to add to the festivities? What would be more appropriate than the works of Edogawa Ranpo! Hirai Tarō (平井 太郎 , October 21, 1894 – July 28, 1965), better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩), published extensively during the Occupation. His scary, creepy and often raunchy works include, “Kumootoko/蜘蛛男,” “Kyofuo/恐怖王” and “Kurotokage/黒蜥蜴.”
In addition to monographs, Edogawa wrote numerous articles and stories in literary magazines, one of which was a new magazine, Jewels (宝石 Hōseki), dedicated to mystery fiction. Happy Halloween!