I'm a sucker for a good short story, and it sounds like Thersa Matsuura might have a couple or more in her collection called A Robe of Feathers. I became aware of this book through the Horror Fiction Review a couple of months ago.
Japan has bestowed some enchanting, bizarre, and disturbing stories over the years in pop culture. But I'm still not hip to the literature inspired by Japanese culture. Matsuura sounds like the kind of writer who might be able to bridge the gap for me. With stories of the supernatural that tap into some of the myths and superstitions of Japan, she no doubt has a wellspring of inspiration for her work.
By the sounds of it, the tales tap into that eery atmosphere that makes for good horror stories, no matter which country they're set in.
Has anyone heard of this author? Ever sampled Japanese horror stories before? Movies, sure, but how about books--what would you recommend?