#atozchallenge – H is for Harionago, with wicked, barbed hair

The beautiful terror of Ehime.

A hari-onago is a Japanese ghoul, an apparition of beauty on the island of Shikoku. She stalks about at night, seeking young men to feed upon. When she finds a suitable victim, she laughs, her power enticing him to join in. If he succumbs and laughs with her, she lashes out with her long, barbed hair. Her victims quickly find themselves brutally mutilated in the tangles of her black locks.

Few stories tell of men escaping her laughter, but quick and nimble feet and a nearby door to shut on her might just save you from doom.

Sources:

http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Harionago

http://inthewritemind.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/hags-and-beauties-hari-onagohari-onna/

http://yokai.com/harionago/

Also check out this cool flash fiction from a previous A-to-Z: H is for Harionago, by Kaye Draper

 

5 comments on “#atozchallenge – H is for Harionago, with wicked, barbed hair

  1. Shelley Munro says:

    It obviously don’t pay to laugh with a strange woman!
    Shelley Munro

  2. Liz Blocker says:

    Ok, seriously, I really love your A to Z theme. It’s so freaking fun to come read about all of these evil spirits from different cultures. I hope you’re writing a book about them, because that would be AWESOME.

  3. I love Japanese lore. They’re excellent and very comfortable with the darker natures of things. Probably why they do such excellent and atmospheric horror!

    I reiterate – I’m totally enjoying this theme! 😀

  4. birgit says:

    She is a nasty girl-very interesting-every country seems to have a beautiful but fatal vixen

  5. […] A hari-onago is a Japanese ghoul, an apparition of beauty on the island of Shikoku. She stalks about at night, seeking young men to feed upon. When she finds a suitable victim, she laughs, her power enticing him to join in. If he succumbs and laughs with her, she lashes out with her long, barbed hair. Her victims quickly find themselves brutally mutilated in the tangles of her black locks. Few stories tell of men escaping her laughter, but quick and nimble feet and a nearby door to shut on her might just save you from doom. – Write or Else […]

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