Dr. Ando who has yet to recover from his son's death at sea, conducts an autopsy on an old friend who has died under unusual circumstances. The corpse, that of cynical philosophy professor Ryuji Takayama, has something to tell him. And Ryuji isn't the only one who chooses to make a reappearance in this story. You don't know what the RING is yet. The terms of the curse of the videotape undergo a jaw-dropping reconfiguration in this novel, the horror master's stunning reinvention of his own bestselling tale. Spiral is written as a stand-alone work; for Rinbg fans, its' a sequel that redefines the word.
Koji Suzuki is a household name in horror in Japan, much like Stephen King or Clive Barker, but his debut was in Sci-Fi. In 1990, his first full-length work, Paradise, won the Japan Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career. When Suzuki's Ringu (Ring) originally appeared in Japanese in 1991, it went more or less unnoticed by the larger public. The horror genre was still marginal in Japan. It was actually the publication of Ringu's sequel, Rasen (Spiral), which earned Suzuki the Yoshikawa Eiji Young Writer Award, and greater fame. Both books were adapted to screen, and in a marketing coup, released as separate features on the same day. Koji Suzuki claims that Promenade of the Gods took 8 years for him to finish, because a cult crime occurred in Tokyo just before he was set to publish the book in 1995. The crime was too similar in nature to events in the original story, so he had to amend the book.