Spiral by Koji Suzuki, translated by Glynne Walley [in AsianWeek]
Get ready to turn on all the lights, crawl into bed, and not get any sleep because the sequel to Ring (you know, mysterious videotape that kills in a week if you watch it) is going to keep you up all night, even after you read the last page. This one starts with corpses – and a medical examiner who stumbles on a trail of victims who all have similar signs of a dormant virus in their dead bodies. But nothing is as it seems – and, no duh, you can’t trust anyone. Just watch the hair on your arms stand up as you get deeper and deeper into the mysterious layers and see if you can get through to morning without jumping out of your skin.
Published: 2004 (United States)