Yukito Ayatsuji

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Yukito Ayatsuji
Born Naoyuki Uchida
(1960-12-23) December 23, 1960 (age 55)
Kyoto, Japan
Pen name Yukito Ayatsuji
Occupation Writer
Language Japanese
Period 1987–present
Genre Whodunit, closed circle mystery, mystery fiction, thriller, horror
Literary movement The new traditionalist movement
Notable awards Mystery Writers of Japan Award (1992)
Spouse Fuyumi Ono
In this Japanese name, the family name is Ayatsuji.

Naoyuki Uchida (内田 直行 Uchida Naoyuki?, born December 23, 1960), who goes by his pen name Yukito Ayatsuji (綾辻 行人 Ayatsuji Yukito?), is a Japanese writer of mystery and horror. He is one of the founders of Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan and one of the representative writers of the new traditionalist movement in Japanese mystery writing.[1][2] His wife is Fuyumi Ono, a Japanese fantasy and horror writer who is known for her fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms.[3]

His first novel The Decagon House Murders was ranked as the No. 8 novel on the Top 100 Japanese Mystery Novels of All Time.[4]

Translations[edit]

Another series
  • Another, trans. Karen McGillicuddy (Yen Press, 2013)[5]
  • Another Episode S / 0, trans. Karen McGillicuddy (Yen Press, 2016)[6]
Bizarre House/Mansion Murders series
Short story
  • Heart of Darkness (original title: Kokoro no Yami), trans. Daniel Jackson (Speculative Japan 3: Silver Bullet and Other Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy, Kurodahan Press, 2012)[7]

His first novel The Decagon House Murders is available in French translation under the title Meurtres dans le decagone (ISBN 2-9533-9621-7).[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Bizarre House/Mansion Murders series[edit]

  • Jukkakukan no Satsujin (十角館の殺人?), 1987 (The Decagon House Murders. Locked Room International. 2015)
  • Suishakan no Satsujin (水車館の殺人?), 1988 (The Water Mill Mansion Murders)
  • Meirokan no Satsujin (迷路館の殺人?), 1988 (The Labyrinth Mansion Murders)
  • Ningyōkan no Satsujin (人形館の殺人?), 1989 (The Doll Mansion Murders)
  • Tokeikan no Satsujin (時計館の殺人?), 1991 (The Clock Mansion Murders)
  • Kuronekokan no Satsujin (黒猫館の殺人?), 1992 (The Black Cat Mansion Murders)
  • Ankokukan no Satsujin (暗黒館の殺人?), 2004 (The Dark Mansion Murders)
  • Bikkurikan no Satsujin (びっくり館の殺人?), 2006 (The Surprise Mansion Murders)
  • Kimenkan no Satsujin (奇面館の殺人?), 2012 (The Queer Mask Mansion Murders)

Whispering series[edit]

  • Hiiro no Sasayaki (緋色の囁き?), 1988 (The Scarlet Whispering)
  • Kurayami no Sasayaki (暗闇の囁き?), 1989 (The Darkness Whispering)
  • Tasogare no Sasayaki (黄昏の囁き?), 1993 (The Twilight Whispering)

Equation of Murder series[edit]

  • Satsujin Hōteishiki: Setsudansareta Shitai no Mondai (殺人方程式 切断された死体の問題?), 1989
  • Satsujin Hōteishiki 2: Meifūsō Jiken (殺人方程式II 鳴風荘事件?), 1995

Blood Thirsty Killer series[edit]

  • Satsujinki: Kakusei-hen (殺人鬼 覚醒篇?), 1990
  • Satsujinki: Gyakushū-hen (殺人鬼 逆襲篇?), 1993

Horror Stories of Midorogaoka series[edit]

  • Midorogaoka Kidan (深泥丘奇談?), 2008
  • Midorogaoka Kidan Zoku (深泥丘奇談・続?), 2011
    • Suzu (?)
    • Konekomegani (コネコメガニ?)
    • Kurui-Zakura (狂い桜?)
    • Kokoro no Yami (心の闇?) (Heart of Darkness)
    • Ho wa Horā Eiga no Ho (ホはホラー映画のホ?)
    • Midorogaoka San Jizō (深泥丘三地蔵?)
    • Sou (ソウ?)
    • Setsudan (切断?)
    • Yoru Ugomeku (夜蠢く?)
    • Rajio Tō (ラジオ塔?)

Another series[edit]

  • Another, 2009
  • Another: Episode S (Another エピソードS Anazā Episodo Esu?), 2013

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Kirigoetei Satsujin Jiken (霧越邸殺人事件?), 1990
  • Saigo no Kioku (最後の記憶?), 2002

Short story collections[edit]

  • Gankyū Kitan (眼球綺譚?), 1995
  • Freaks (フリークス Furīkusu?), 1996
  • Dondon-Bashi, Ochita (どんどん橋、落ちた?), 1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 本格ミステリ作家クラブ(準備会)設立に寄せて (in Japanese). Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wong, Ho-Ling. "Ellery Queen is Alive and Well and Living in Japan". Criminal Element. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yukito Ayatsuji, Books from Japan". J-Lit Center. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tozai Mystery Best 100 (Revised Edition 2012), The Top 50 Japanese Mystery Novels" (in Japanese). Reader Store. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Another (novel) by Yukito Ayatsuji". Yen Press. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Another Episode S / 0". Yen Press. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Speculative Japan 3". Kurodahan Press. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "AYATSUJI Yukito, la tradition a du bon" (PDF). Zoom Japon (in French). 1: 7. June 2010. 
  9. ^ "1992 (45th) Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel" (in Japanese). Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "5th (2005) Honkaku Mystery Award" (in Japanese). Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "10th (2010) Honkaku Mystery Award" (in Japanese). Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan". Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 

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