Kaidankai: Ghost and Supernatural Stories

Kaidankai: Ghost and Supernatural Stories

This weekly podcast of fiction read out loud explores the entire world of ghosts and the supernatural. The stories are touching, scary, gruesome, funny, and heartwarming. New episodes every Wednesday. Have a story you'd like us to read? Send it to kaidankai100ghoststories@gmail.com Please help us pay contributors. Donate via Ko-Fi or PayPal Read the stories at our website (kaidankaistories.com) Follow Kaidankai on Twitter: @GhostJapanese Instagram: @kaidankaisupernaturalstories YouTube: Kaidankai: Ghost & Supernatural Stories Facebook: Kaidankai: Ghost & Supernatural Stories Podcast


September 27, 2023 24 mins
A lonely high school girl faces bullying, unattentive teachers, and competitive students. Having a friend she can trust helps her get through her day, and through unexpected danger.

Sarah Hozumi is a translator and rewriter who has lived near Tokyo for about 14 years. To read short stories she’s had published, and to read her blog mostly about all things Japan, please visit sarahhozumi.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at sar...
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A lonely high school girl faces bullying, unattentive teachers, and competitive students. Having a friend she can trust helps her get through her day, and through unexpected danger.

Tim lives with his family in Southern Australia in a little town called Murray Bridge. He is pretty sure that the Library where he works is haunted, although it is quite new so he is still trying to figure out why. Tim is starting to discover the joy of ...
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September 13, 2023 22 mins
Are the terrible fears and experiences of a young woman real or imagined? And can only a psychologist help?

Paul Stansbury is a lifelong native of Kentucky. He is the author of Inversion - Not Your Ordinary Stories; Inversion II - Creatures, Fairies, and Haints, Oh My!; Inversion III – The Lighter Shades of Greys; Inversion IV – Another Infusion of Speculative Fiction; and Down By the Creek – Ripples and Reflections. His speculative...
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Terrorists on a flight have more to deal with than they planned.

Eric Dawson lives in Denver, CO, and when he’s not wandering in the wilderness, he likes to read all things speculative. He has attended writing workshops at Aspen Summer Words and Kenyon College, and he has he has recently been published in Carmina Magazine, The Chamber Magazine, Fiction on the Web, and Black Sheep.

You can read "Flight Through the Storm" at https://w...
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September 6, 2023 41 mins
In Japan, Yasukuni Shrine is home to many WWII soldiers considered war criminals by many people in the world. You could say they have found peace in death. But what about the living soldiers who fought alongside those interred at Yasukuni? How do they forget the horrors of war? Are they allowed to forget?

C.S. Fuqua’s books include Fatherhood ~ Poems of Parenthood, Walking After Midnight ~ Collected Stories, Big Daddy’s Fast-Past Ga...
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August 31, 2023 18 mins
Two children on a family vacation to the beach develop a deep friendship with one of the local children. It is a summer that will change their lives forever.

E.E. King is an award-winning painter, performer, writer, and naturalist. She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals. Ray Bradbury called her stories, “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought-provoking.” She’s been published i...
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A few years ago, on the last blue moon, on a square in Santiago, a man fell madly in love. But, what does the blue moon have to do with his amour? And will it affect his future?

Rosemary Thorne is a Spanish bilingual writer living in Madrid, Spain, who has spent her entire life producing fiction in her mother tongue, with not much local professional encouragement. That’s why in 2019 she became a HWA member and began to think Horror ...
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What would you do if you discovered a new path in a forest you know well? Would you ignore the warning signs or embark on a new adventure?

Jacqueline Gabbitas lives on a canal boat in the UK. She has published three short collections of poetry, Mid Lands (Hearing Eye), Earthworks and Small Grass (Stonewood Press) and her work has been featured in various magazines, including Poetry Review, anthologies such as the Forward Prize Anth...
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If there was a guaranteed way to get to paradise, would anyone and everyone have access? Even those who spent their time on earth unconcerned with the welfare of others? Whose exploits harmed other people so they could amass more fortunes? Is it possible that the afterworld is just as unfair as this world?

Jason Sabbagh lives in New England with his wife and two children. He loves writing fiction, and is currently seeking representa...
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A child is tormented by the dying screams of his friends and sister after they entered a haunted house that he was too afraid to enter. Yet he returns to the scene as a young man. For what purpose?

Andrew Hughes has been writing for the past decade. His short stories have appeared in Sanitarium Magazine, Sinister Smile Press anthologies, and on the No Sleep Podcast. His fantasy novella, Children of the Arc, was published in 2023 by...
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A young widow moves into a new apartment after a mental breakdown. Will the house welcome her?

Iseult Murphy is a chronically ill, multi-genre writer from Ireland. She has published several novels and over two dozen short stories. Her short fiction has appeared in NewMyths, the Drabblecast and The Creepy Podcast. Find out more at Iseultmurphy.com.

You can read "Stay With Me" at https://www.kaidankaistories.com.

Website: kaidankaistor...
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July 26, 2023 9 mins
An unexpected event determines the outcome of a baseball rivalry.

Vic Nogay (she/her) is a Pushcart Prize- and Best Microfiction-nominated poet and writer whose work appears in Fractured Lit, Barren Magazine, and Lost Balloon, among others. Her micro chapbook of poems, "under fire under water" was published in 2022 by tiny wren publishing. She is an Associate Poetry Editor for Identity Theory and lives in Columbus, Ohio. Find her on...
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What will an aging minor league player do to become successful in the major league?

David is a retired reference librarian who started writing fiction three years ago. He has an MA in Political Science and an MLS in librarianship. The Deal in Harlan's Bar is his seventh story to be published. His other recent story - Where Have All the Young Girls Gone? - appears in After Dinner Conversation - Best of 2022. Besides writing, David e...
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In this revision of the classic story from Greek mythology, we have Pandora's viewpoint. Was she set up for failure? Did she have any other choice than to open the box?

Matthew McAyeal is a writer from Portland, Oregon. His short stories have been published by "Bards and Sages Quarterly," "Fantasia Divinity Magazine," "cc&d," "The Fear of Monkeys," "Danse Macabre," "Scarlet Leaf Magazine," "Bewildering Stories," "Tall Tale TV," ...
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Mantegna the Psychic, from a previous podcast episode called "Lake Torment," is back. This time, his job is a bit easier since he'll be visiting a lovely woman in an old house. But, is a psychic's job ever easy?

Geoffrey Marshall is a writer in Aurora, Canada. He knows just enough to be dangerous (mostly to himself) in several different fields. You can find his work in The Ansible, Academy of the Heart and Mind and the September 20...
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June 28, 2023 52 mins
A Japanese couple receives a letter about their impending death. The man who wrote it has an interesting story to tell.

Raiff Taranday is an emerging author and veteran elementary school teacher from Boston, MA. You can check out more of his work on ‘The Rumen’ and ‘A Thin Slice of Anxiety’ literary blogs. His stories will also appear in upcoming editions of ‘Penumbric’ and ‘Savage Planet’ magazines.

You can read "Narakat" at https:/...
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Slow Down Sunday features stories from the archive. "The Lonely Road first appeared on the Kaidankai on November 17, 2021.

A traveler starts his journey full of hope. The forest leads him down a different path.

Linda Gould is an American and long-time resident of Japan. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in media outlets around the world. Gould is the editor of White Enso, an online journal of creative work inspired by J...
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June 21, 2023 34 mins
The character in today’s story is grieving the loss of her father who died in the war and seeks the help of a fortune teller to guide her father’s spirit to her. As is so often the case, however, what you ask for is not what you get.

Taija Morgan is a horror, thriller, and suspense author with short stories and non-fiction articles published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Prairie Gothic anthology (2020) and Pra...
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June 14, 2023 17 mins
This magical happy powder comes with a price that will be paid—no matter what.

Whitney R. Holp is a student of surrealism. He seeks gnosis through dreams, intoxication and objective chance. This story is from his unpublished book Audra’s Pennies.

You can read "Faerie Dust" at https://www.kaidankaistories.com.

Click here to learn about the 2023 Kaidankai contest for writers.

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Another example of inanimate objects wreaking havoc on the lives of humans.

Lynette G. Esposito MA Rutgers, is a poet who writes short stories. She has been published in North of Oxford, Twin Decades, Poetry Quarterly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Deep Overstock, That Literary Review, and others. She was married to Attilio Esposito and lives in Southern New Jersey. She was inspired for this story by her love of beautiful shoes and wh...
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