Frankenstein! The Monster

We have just started a new novel in my APEL (AP English Literature) class, and its Frankenstein! I am so excited for this novel, due to this book being one of the first mix between science fiction and horror. Now, since the creation of Frankenstein the novel readers and critics always reference it as an amazing book. Due to its popularity, people have even made scary urban legends about Frankenstein’s Creature. They even made facts just in case you meet Frankenstein’s creature, since it won’t die of old age and last time it was seen was when it left. Here is what most say:
Frankenstein’s Monster
Unbelievably Tall
Impervious to gunshot damage
As long as you don’t try to hurt it, it will leave you alone
Wound with fire
Last scene leaving Frankenstein’s Castle

The total amount of influence one book from the 1800s gave birth to an urban legend. It shows how much the influence of books and our minds can lead to new thrills and monsters. I can’t wait to actually read the novel and see how the actual monster stacks up to its legend.

Kuchisake Onna “The Slit-Mouth Woman”

Hello everybody ūüėÄ It’s that time of year again, where everyone begins preparing for Halloween! People of all ages going out to buy costumes, adults buying candy to give away, teenagers scaring and looting, etc. Well I decided to be a little festive this year. As the first of many myths to come to my blog, lets me tell about the Japanese myth of the Kuchisake Onna.

The Kuchisake Onna or translated as, “The Slit-Mouth Woman” is¬†Japanese myth and folklore that spread¬†in the 1970s. This woman was supposedly a very beautiful woman with an abusive husband. One day, the husband got drunk off sake and accused the woman of having an affair. In his anger he grabbed a pair of scissors, and cut her mouth from¬†ear to ear.¬†The lady later¬†became a vengeful spirit that¬†went city to city, town to town, attacking children and teenagers on the street.

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The myth goes as someone (in this case you) on the way home from school alone, there will be a noise from the shadows. A beautiful woman will be standing there, with long black hair and is wearing a beige trench coat. The lower half of her face is covered with a surgical mask (common during flu season in Japan). She will approach you and block your path. She will then ask you if she is beautiful, ripping off the surgical mask showing her deformed face. She will have a huge mouth going ear from ear, rows of sharp teeth, and a large, long, red tongue swirling about inside.

At this moment you can answer in three ways. One way is you stutter out in fear¬†, answering¬†“yes”. If you do so, the Slit-Mouth Woman will begin to smile as she¬†takes her large pair of scissors and cut your mouth ear to ear, saying “now you are too” and then¬†vanish. Another way is to answer “no”, in this case she will kill you by cutting you in half with her scissors. The only way to survive this encounter, is to give a non-committal answer, like “you are average”. This will confuse her and give you enough time to run away and escape.

The terrifying part of about this story is its correlation to real life. In 2007,¬†a coroner found some old records from the late 1970s about a woman who was chasing little children but was hit by a car, and died shortly afterwards. Her mouth…was reportedly ripped ear to ear.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed todays myth and hope to see you guys have a happy month…bwa…bwahahahahah!