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Author Information: Kôji Suzuki

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Kôji Suzuki was born in 1957 in Hamamatsu, southwest of Tokyo. He attended Keio University where he majored in French. After graduating he held numerous odd jobs, including a stint as a cram school teacher—an unorthodox one who loved telling scary stories to entertain his students. Also a self-described jock, he holds a first-class yachting license and has crossed the U.S., from Key West to Los Angeles, on his motorcycle.

The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was still a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, The Little Sod Diaries by crime novelist Simon Brett.

In 1990, Suzuki's first full-length work, Rakuen (Paradise), won the Japan Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career as a fiction writer. Ring written with a baby in his lap, is the first book in his wildly successful trilogy that includes Spiral and Loop. Often called the "Stephen King of Japan," Suzuki has played a crucial role in establishing mainstream credentials for horror novels in his country. The author is based in Tokyo but can be found roaming Japan in his RV.



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