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Griezelverhalen uit Japan by Edogawa Rampo

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jun 30th, 2021. Artwork published in .
Griezelverhalen uit Japan by Edogawa Rampo 1
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Griezelverhalen uit Japan is a Dutch edition of Japanese horror stories written by Tarō Hirai (平井 太郎, 1894–1965), better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩) which is often romanized as Edogawa Rampo. Edited by Havank, it was published in 1961 as number 437 in the Zwarte Beertjes paperback series by A.W. Bruna & Zoon.

For the cover art, Dick Bruna used his signature illustration style – here with a character that is scarier than his famous Miffy, but only slightly so. Bruna combined it with Reiner Script. This unconnected script typeface with angular letterforms of condensed proportions was designed by Imre Reiner and first cast by Lettergieterij Amsterdam in 1951. Its E looks a little like a screaming face in profile, and the dog sequence seems to echo the angled eyes of the monster. Tobias Frere-Jones made a digital interpretation of Reiner Script in 1993, adding a second bold weight.

The design of the current edition from 2008 doesn’t quite have the same allure.

Griezelverhalen uit Japan by Edogawa Rampo 2
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