Welcome to the Mars Labyrinth
The Crimson Labyrinth
By Yusuke Kishi
Translated by Masami Isetani with Camellia Nieh
Fiction / Horror
Paperback, 288 pages, 5.25 x 8.25 inches
978-1-932234-11-4 / 1-932234-11-X
U.S.$14.95 / CAN$21.00
A group of travellers are stranded in the desert and fed psychotropic drugs by a media crew that may or may not be the real puppet-master in this psycho-horror knockout. The Crimson Labyrinth is Survivor meets Lost via Battle Royale. It will leave you questioning every turn in the suspense.
Yusuke Kishi was born in 1959 in Osaka. He graduated from Kyoto University with a degree in Economics. After working for a life insurance company for several years, Kishi started his writing career as a freelancer. He has twice won the coveted Japan Horror Association Award, and boasts bestselling status in Japan.
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“Making a survival game in the desert is in and of itself simple, but the meta-game issues behind the motives of such a game’s creation makes for a great twist in the plot (of The Crimson Labyrinth), adding depth to story development patterns typical to such tales: exploration, hunting, cat-and-mouse games, mind-games, betrayal, the basic animal instincts of the human species…Yusuke Kishi’s strength as a story-writer is unshakable.”
“(The Crimson Labyrinth) starts out like a game, with a stratified build-up of vast knowledge and description of survival know-how, dangerous drugs, poisonous snakes. Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to put it down. A thoroughly original, wonderfully bizarre, and compulsively readable masterwork.”
Nine unemployed Japanese adults think they’ve gone missing in Mars. Only one of them will make it out. Who do you think will make it “back to Earth”?
Yoshihiko Fujiki—Mid 40s. Ex-brokerage firm executive.
Ai Otomo—Comics artist. Penned the popular manga Sexplosion. Mid-30s.
Eisuke Norota—42-year-old ex-salesman.
Fumiko Abe—Surly middle-aged divorcee. Childless.
Shigeta Funaoka—Mid-30s. Used to have a gambling problem.
Takamichi Kato—Small 51-year-old who used to lead a student hiking club.
Masaki Naramoto—Quiet 29-year-old temp.
Jun’ichi Seno—31-year-old debt collector. Large but mild-mannered.
Tsurumi Katsuya—Middle-aged migrant worker.