Born 1978 in Fukuoka, Otsuichi won the Sixth Jump Short Fiction/Nonfiction Prize when he was seventeen with his debut story ""Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse"." Now recognized as one of the most talented young fantasy/horror writers in Japan, his other English-language works include the short story collection" Calling You", the Honkaku Mystery Prize-winning novel "Goth", and the collection "ZOO" (Haikasoru 2009).