The moment you start reading one of the short stories written by Greentea, the pioneering author of Korean weird fiction, you will have a whole new taste for fiction.
- Book Intro
- A Collection of Short Stories by Greentea
Greentea Bingsoo’s stories are newer than new. They are horror, fantasy, thriller, and black comedy all rolled into one. The closest description, though, would be “weird fiction,” a genre beloved by countless fans of H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Clive Barker, and more modern-day authors such as China Miéville and Jeff Vandermeer. External World, written by Greentea, the quintessential author of Korean weird fiction, is a collection of ten carefully selected short stories out of the dozens she has published through online platforms and the author’s first book in print.
In these stories, ordinary people, or those shunned by society, come to encounter mysterious beings who are impossible to understand from a common-sense standpoint. These people get swept up in different situations, barely manage to survive, or step into unknown territory. There is added reality to the stories, as they contain offbeat satire of present-day Korean society. The stories—“The Jar,” a horror story that satirizes YouTube and Korea’s shamanistic culture in an exquisite manner; “Job Experience Report of Pil Hayun,” the most scientific yet irrational review of a student’s experience in a lab; “The Magic Atomizer,” a horror fantasy with a brilliantly realistic portrayal of the Korean publishing world; “A Church in Chungcheong Province,” a tragicomic satire of religions whose followers see only what they want to see and believe only what they want to believe—are full of the dark, unfiltered aspects of Korean society, whether the author intended them or not. “Science Shaman and a Lot of Coffee,” a story that is so unique in character and material that it would seem a crime to pigeonhole it into a category, and the title piece, “External World,” is especially well-crafted, so much so that the author may be considered Korea’s own Lovecraft. The depiction of mysterious beings that seem to have been born of the Cthulhu myth, as well as humans in a defenseless state, is enough to make readers suffer nightmares for days.
- About the Author
(English) Greentea Bingsoo is a writer, mainly of short horror fiction. She participated in An Action Guide for Newly Recruited Employees of Edenbridge Hotel, a collection of horror stories about manual rules, with her “Greentea Series.” Since then, she has published short horror fiction through Free Ghost Stories for Night Hours, an anthology of school ghost stories, Something from Outer Space, an original for Millie’s Library series, and My YouTube Algorithm is a Little Weird, an unclassifiable collection of ghost-themed stories, among others.