Japanese Horror in YA: The Girl From the Well

When the rest of the crew suggested to do a month devoted to J-Horror, I was like, what? I hate to admit it, but I did not know what J-Horror meant!

Thankfully they explained and I was excited! Who wouldn’t want to learn about Japanese horror? It was something I didn’t know much about. If you don’t either, that’s okay! The fabulous Amy wrote a post about it just the other day. You may want to start here.

You know much I love young adult novels, so I set out to find a few J-Horror inspired young adult novels and I was NOT disappointed. Check it out.

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The Girl From The Well

This novel is inspired by the Japanese ghost story “Banchō Sarayashiki”, which you have probably heard of because it inspired The Ring!


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.





Doesn’t that sound amazing! Holy guacamole. I’ve marked this to read.

So tell me, what’s your favorite J-Horror inspired novel or movie? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below.

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