October is all about the monsters, and this month, I have three posts planned at Part-Time Monster. First up, check out the Tsukumogami (九十九髪), the haunted artifacts of ninety-nine years. These uncanny monsters are some of the more amusing creatures to come out of Edo Period!
Come one, come all, come out if you dare, the night parade of demons begins! One hundred yokai to horrify and amaze clamor down the streets of your town; a pandemonium that can’t be ignored!
Rokurokubi, Kuchisake, Futakuchi, and a host of others make their appearance. Afraid to be killed, maimed, or worse? You should be – there are no friends in this gallery of grotesque foes. But among them, yes, there comes a procession of strange and unusual creatures, unlike anything seen in any other part of the world: the tsukumogami arrive, the artifacts of 99 years, the haunted items of disrepair. Broken, forgotten, misused, lost, the tsukumogami are the inanimate ghouls of our own creation. Man-made. Peculiar. Uncanny. Fifteen in all, this night, meander, cackling and stomping, shattering the silence.
Come, come, take a peek as they pass – they are not like the others. Most are…
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