In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire. With the occasional assistance of the reprobate exorcist Kenji, whatever the difficulty—ogres, demons, fox-spirits—for a price Yamada will do what needs to be done, even and especially if the solution to the problem isn’t as simple as the edge of a sword. Yet, no matter how many monsters he has to face, or how powerful and terrible they may be, the demons Yamada fears the most are his own.
Richard Parks published his first story in Amazing in 1981. He has published over fifty more in the years since. His three previous collections to date are The Ogre’s Wife: Fairy Tales for Grownups, Worshipping Small Gods, and On the Banks of the River of Heaven. (On the Banks of the River of Heaven is also published by Prime). Other books by Parks include the novella Hereafter and After, The Heavenly Fox, and a novel, The Long Look. A second novel, To Break the Demon Gate, will be published soon. He’s been a finalist for both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature. Parks lives in Mississippi with his wife and a varying number of cats.