Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Eerie and Fantastic Chinese Stories of the Supernatural
by Pu Songling | Translated by Herbert A. Giles
**Please note that there are about 2 versions of this book with same title but different content: the Penguin Classic version and the Tuttle Publishing version. The one we should be reading is by Tuttle Publishing. I put an image here for your view.
Long considered a masterpiece of the eerie and fantastic, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio is a collection of supernatural-themed tales compiled from ancient Chinese folk stories by Songling Pu in the eighteenth century. These tales of ghosts, magic, vampirism, and other things bizarre and fantastic are an excellent Chinese companion to Lafcadio Hearn’s well-known collections of Japanese ghost stories Kwaidan and In Ghostly Japan.
Some of the stories found in these pages include:
- The Tiger of Zhaocheng
- The Magic Sword
- Miss Lianziang, the Fox-Girl
- The Quarrelsome Brothers
- The Princess Lily
- A Rip Van Winkle
- The Resuscitated Corpse
- Taoist Miracles
- A Chinese Solomon
How to get this book:
- FREE – in iPhone (don’t know about Android). If you have an iPhone and the app “iBooks”, you can find the book for free! I have it on my phone. The stories are not ordered in the same exact way in this printed version, but most of the stories are there. Let me know if you need help.
- Click here for Amazon
- Click here for Barnes & Noble online
Book Master of the Month: Anna Yang (MissLibrarianTimeLord)
Meeting Place/Time: March 30, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Conference Room 3
Activities: This is a potluck! I’ll make some type of “Chinese food” in honor of this pick. You do not have to. I deeply encourage EVERYONE to bring something (anything) to share, food-wise. As this book is very thick, I am not going to ask everyone to completely finish the book (but please try to read as many stories as possible out of this book. pick the ones that jump out at you). In regards to the meeting, please come planned to talk about a few of your favorite tales from the book. Questions to come! A separate activity that I encourage all of you to do (not required) is write a short strange tale/story (1-3 pages) to bring and share with the group. If you do not get a chance to read the book, you can still bring food and participate in our exchange of strange tales. It’s always better when more people are there.