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Jinka Katsuo

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Kanji Ōtsuka (1936-2017), author, translator and anthologist who is best known in his native Japan as the country's foremost authority on Jack the Ripper. His translations have included works by Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Philip K Dick, Richard Matheson and C L Moore.

In the 1980s, Jinka flirted briefly with Space Opera in the form of the Space Ranger trilogy, which retold Japanese myth in a Far Future setting. However, this met with remarkably short shrift, even from usually forgiving Japanese sf reviewers, who criticized its small sense of scale and oddly gullible protagonists. His subsequent work has largely revolved around anthologies of Sherlock Holmes and similar "famous detectives", or mysteries written in a liminal space between nonfiction and docudrama, typified by Jigoku no Hono'o Satsujin Jiken ["The Hellfire Club Murder Case"] (1995) (see Horror in SF; Crime and Punishment). [JonC]

Kanji Ōtsuka

born Yokohama, Japan: 23 December 1936

died 22 December 2017

works as by Katsuo Jinka


Space Ranger series

  • Shiroi Megami no Fukushū ["Revenge of the White Goddess"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1980) [Space Ranger: pb/Sadao Miyamoto]
  • Koku no Sankakujo ["Castle of the Black Triangle"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1981) [Space Ranger: pb/Sadao Miyamoto]
  • Akai Hono'o no Ansatsusha ["Assassin of the Red Flames"] (Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1983) [Space Ranger: pb/Sadao Miyamoto]

works as author/editor


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