Series: The Girl from the Well, #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA
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You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.
A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
An Interview with Rin Chupeco
I’m so happy to have Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well on the blog to answer a few questions 😀 You all should go check the book out, I also reviewed the book here. Welcome Rin!
If your book had a soundtrack, what would be one of the songs on the playlist?
I actually maintain a playlist here but Imagine Dragons songs (“Demons” and “My Fault”) make up a good part of that – it’s something I always envisioned Tark listens to and understands. And “I am Light” by Indie Arie, I feel, is the song that suits Okiku best.
Describe the main character, Okiku, in Twitter style (140 characters or less)
There is a woman on the ceiling, and she is watching you.
The characters in this book go to Japan. Have you been yourself?
I wish I had! I’m a big Japanophile though, and I’ve been fascinated by it even as a kid. I’ve watched every documentary I could get my hands on regarding Japan (Crime Lords of Tokyo and Jiro Dreams of Sushi are my favorites), own a lot of books, and am a big anime fan, which was my introduction to the culture (Ghost in the Shell is one of the best series ever). I spent a lot of months researching what I needed for my book before actually settling down to write it, trying to make everything sound truly authentic. But with Japan relaxing its rules on visas recently, I am (finally!) planning a trip next year to make up for it!
Are there any future upcoming novels that you can talk more about?
I’ve finished the sequel to THE GIRL FROM THE WELL, and it’s currently going through edits. It takes place two years after the events at the end of the first book (and if you know how the first book ends, you know there’s a lot of mental and physical adjusting taking place in the interim), where our protagonists are called back to Japan – this time to find one of their own, trapped inside a village of the dead in a very strange forest at the bottom of Mount Fuji.
In the meantime, I’m working on the first book of a new series, with lots of monsters ad spells and things. The best description I can come up with at this stage for it is “a teen neo-noir version of an urban Princess Mononoke”, set in an alternate Philippines. I’ve always wanted to write a story about the place I grew up in, and a gritty, sometimes lawless Manila is perfect for the kind of plot I had in mind.
THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY DARN CREEPY. Any creepy movies that you recommend for Halloween?
Thank you! My favorite horror movie will always be Ju-On. The Grudge is its American remake, but I suggest also watching the original Japanese movie with subtitles, because while the US version is creepy, it doesn’t quite have the haunting atmosphere that dominates throughout Ju-On. I also make it a point to watch The Labyrinth every Halloween, just because I love that movie, and David Bowie is at his creepiest best here.
This or that
Halloween or Christmas?
Halloween! I love ghost stories and dressing up, and I love candy!
Coffee or tea?
Tea! Milk tea, to be more specific, especially honey assam blends or yam milk tea (this is not as disgusting as it sounds, I promise).
Reading or writing?
That’s a tough one! I’d choose both if that was an option, but I think writing edges out reading for me, if only barely. Few things give me more pleasure than coming up with worlds of your own making.
Rin, being the awesome lady that she is, is offering some awesome swag to an international reader!
1. YA Midnight Reads and Rin Chupeco is not responsible for any lost items
2. This giveaway is international
3. No cheating–you will be found out
4. The winner has 48 hours to respond once the email is sent
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