These are the top 7 story excerpts from the Music Horror challenge.
Story #1 Cherry Blossoms and Yokai by Adele Marie Park
This is the story about a young girl, her mother, and Uncle who are all mourning the death of her grandmother. While cleaning out her house, they find a chest that belonged to her great-grandmother. In the chest is a shamisen (Japanese guitar) that calls yokai (Yōkai are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore.)
This passage is from near the end. The girl has unknowingly released yokai into their house by playing the shamisen. They have called in a Japanese priest and she has told her to start playing.
“As I played the first bars a warm feeling grew inside my tummy and even mum shrieking didn’t phase me.
I glanced at her. She was staring at something behind me. I turned my…
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