Thersa Matsuura

is creating podcasts, writing, art

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You my fat-bellied, large-testicled tricksters get:

🌀Patreon-only posts
🌀Occasional binaural Japanese soundscapes (spring rain, summer frogs, Kyoto Station, exciting or relaxing things like that)
🌀All my thank you, thank yous!
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You my sleek, sexy, fluffy-tailed shape shifters get:

You my sleek, sexy, fluffy-tailed shape shifters get:
🌀Tanuki benefits (of course) plus:
🌀A once-a-month Bedtime Story with a cool music bed. This can be my translations/retellings/public domain stories/or one of my own tales (published or not). They’ll be dark, weird, creepy, funny, or surreal. Listen to me in your headphones before you fall asleep. All the past Bedtimes Stories (over 35)are also there for you to listen to, too. 
🌀Also, as much as I’m able the binaural sounds, Behind the Scenes (Patreon only) podcasts with Tech/Sound Guy Richard, and recipes!
🌀Send me your address and I’ll send you a sticker and/or button.
🌀Thank you and domo domo!
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You my stinky, slimy-scaled aquatic rascals get:

🌀You my stinky, slimy-scaled aquatic rascals get:
🌀Everything the tanuki and kitsune get (of course) plus:
🌀A handmade postcard (paint, water color, brush and ink, or engraving, nothing is off the table). See photo for examples and note
🌀Thank you and arigatou gozaimasu!Everything the tanuki and kitsune get (of course) plus:
🌀A handmade postcard (paint, water color, brush and ink, or engraving, nothing is off the table). See photo for examples and note
🌀Thank you and arigatou gozaimasu!

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About

My name is Thersa Matsuura and I am the author of two short story collections. The second one (The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales) was a finalist for The Bram Stoker Award (2017). I'm a Clarion West ('15) graduate, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship recipient, and a podcaster at Uncanny Japan. What I want to do is introduce you to parts of Japan your probably don't know about. I want to show you all the cool, weird, creepy stuff, the uncanny.

This is me:

I'm an American expat writer who has spent half my life in a small Japanese fishing town. And by 'small fishing town' I mean a place where every day it feels like I'm stepping back in time.

This is old Japan where the line that divides myth from reality isn't just blurred it's nonexistent. Superstitions and legends have been passed down for generations, and they continue to affect daily life. This is a culture where I had to change the floor plans to my house because the kitchen door was sitting in a northeast direction – also known as the Kimon or Devil's Gate – and would surely invite rancid luck into my home. It's a society where one day, apropos of nothing, my mother-in-law declared me "sticky" and insisted I have an exorcism because I attract ghosts.

This coexistence of ancient and modern has fascinated me for the past twenty six years, and I’ve used my fluency in the language to study the parts of Japan which have yet to be revealed to Western audiences.

I’m a professional writer* who adores this mythic world – one that has informed my stories for years – and am sitting on a treasure trove of untranslated information. Using this Patreon, I want to bring these gems to you in three ways:

1 – Podcast

My biweekly podcast – Uncanny Japan – is where I share these odd bits of research. What makes my podcast different is that I record them while wearing binaural mics. This means that as I sit by the shore, hike through the mountains, or even watch a local festival, you'll be with me, learning about Japan, and experiencing the soundscapes exactly as I do.


2 – Art

I adore making postcard-sized pictures depicting all the strange creatures and beautiful characters of Japan. These days I do hanga carvings, brush and inks, or Japanese etegami-watercolors. These will be available in the Rewards section. Below are a few of my creations.      
 

3 – Writing

Dearest to my heart is the writing: my short stories and novels. Here is where I combine all of my research with my 26-years of living in Japan and weave you a tale. (See below for my already published and soon-to-be-published works). 

Your pledges through Patreon and engagement as readers and listeners will provide me the support to pursue my passion for creating art: recording my podcasts, painting freaky postcards, and writing dark, uncanny stories and novels. 

You help me, and I promise to use these three mediums to introduce you to all the weird secrets lurking in the nooks and crannies of Japan.

Thank you,

Thersa

*    2017 Finalist for The Bram Stoker Award short story collection: The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales
*    Graduate of Clarion West (2015)
*    Recipient of HWA's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship.
*    Author of A Robe of Feathers and Other Stories (Counterpoint LLC, 2009). 
*    My second collection –The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales– (Independent Legions Press,   February 2017).
*    I've also had stories published in various magazines and anthologies (Black Static, The Fortean Times, The Madhouse Anthology and The Beauty of Death Anthology to name a few.)
*     My retelling of the Japanese horror tale, "The Wife Who Didn't Eat" appears in the A World of Horror Anthology
*     My serialized story "Sara and the In-Between", ran in Asahi Weekly from July through September. The audio version is available as a 3-part Bedtime Story on Patreon for $5.00 and up Patrons. 
※I'm using the charge up front method, where new Patrons will be charged when they join and then at the beginning of each month. I'm guessing this means if you want to become a Patron later in the month, it might be a good idea to wait until the first of the next month so you won't get charged in quick succession. Thank you! 
Goals
$1,333 of $3,000 per month
Shhh...and the Big Dream: One day I'd love to be able to spend a year and travel down the length of Japan, researching, photographing, and writing about as much Japanese folklore, yokai, and myth as I can get my hands on.
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