The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits

A project in Haddonfield, NJ by Matthew Meyer

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The second volume of the popular illustrated manual of Japanese monsters, ghosts, and demons. Fully illustrated, over 100 paintings!
Backers: 418
Average Pledge Per Backer: $65

Funded: $27,210 of $3,000
Dates: Sep 30th -> Nov 1st (32 days)
Project By: Matthew Meyer
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Latest News

Great Success!!!

October 31st - via:
We did it!! Over 900%!!!! I cant hardly believe it! Of course this means another 5 yokai will be added to the book for a grant total of 125 yokai!! O_O What a successful Kickstarter! I can't thank you guys enough for being so supportive. This book... (Read More)


October 31st - via:
Happy Halloween everyone! As you know, today marks the final day in this year’s A-Yokai-A-Day, as well as the final day in the Kickstarter. Starting tomorrow all of the Kickstarter updates will be private to backers only. About an hour ago we... (Read More)

800% and still going!

October 31st - via:
Greetings yokai fans! We passed the 800% mark today! So that brings the grand total of yokai in the book up to 115! There are only a few hours left in the project, so be sure to check your pledge levels and make sure you are set for all of your... (Read More)


October 30th - via:
Wow, the end of the month really just snuck up on me. I can’t believe it is October 30th today and I just have these last two yokai to do until A-Yokai-A-Day ends! Today we had a big jump in backers and we soared past the 700% mark. That means that... (Read More)


October 30th - via:
We are now counting down the hours instead of the days… just 48 hours left in this project! Make sure you get all of your add-ons put in before the project ends, as that will make things much easier later on! Now, on to today's very awesome yokai.... (Read More)

600% Reached! About the stretch goals...

October 28th - via:
We made our final stretch goal, and now the yokai-themed slipcases will be available for purchase as an add-on! If we manage to get a huge bunch of backers in the next 3 days, any additional reaches will mean more yokai added to the book! So there's... (Read More)


October 28th - via:
Only 3 short days left and we just passed the 600% mark, which means our final stretch goal is unlocked: the hardcover slipcase for your collector’s editions! I'll make a separate post about that shortly, so as not to get it mixed up with today's... (Read More)


October 27th - via:
We only have 4 days left on this Kickstarter! I can't believe how this month has flown by, and how high we've gotten. We're not far from our final stretch goal! Don't forget to help spread the word these final few days, and share the project on... (Read More)


October 26th - via:
Today’s presentation at Camden County Library went well and was really fun! I’ll have video up soon so the rest of you can see. Thanks so much to everyone who could make it. I really enjoyed meeting you all! Today’s yokai is another funny and... (Read More)


October 25th - via:
For anyone in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region this weekend: I will be giving a presentation on yokai and Japanese ghosts at the Camden County library in Voorhees on Saturday at 4 pm. Admission is free. You can preregister here to save a seat,... (Read More)


October 24th - via:
We are now officially one week away from Halloween and the end of the project! It looks like we're going to reach all of our stretch goals, and Facebook shares are climbing steadily towards the additional bonus yokai goals! Remember, you can share... (Read More)


October 23rd - via:
Today’s yokai contains an interesting little etymology tidbit, so make sure you read all the way to the end! I’m sure you’ll find it quite “scary!” Kowai狐者異こわいToday’s yokai first appeared in the Ehon Hyakumonogatari, a... (Read More)

Who Wants More Bonus Yokai?

October 23rd - via:
Hey all, Now that we've got the 500% stretch goal unlocked, and just over one week left until Halloween, I've updated the stretch goal poster below: We've got our 5 extra yokai, and once we unlock our final slipcase stretch goal, and additional... (Read More)


October 23rd - via:
Today the Kickstarter pledge level broke 500%, which means that a new stretch goal has been unlocked and five extra yokai will be added to the book! Everybody wins! Our next stretch goal is the custom slipcase for the hardcover collector's edition,... (Read More)


October 21st - via:
Tonight my Kickstarter was featured in the Kickstarter-themed podcast at DJ Grandpa’s Crib! You can listen to my interview and hear some extra details about The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits and other yokai at this link. Check it out!... (Read More)

Dj Grandpa's Crib: The Show about Something

October 21st - via:
DJG gets organized with Strollo Smart jars, meets evils spirits with Matthew Meyer, enters the Worlds of Magic, finds Strength in Numbers, gets to know Drunktown's Finest, learns The Way of the Tiger, and talks The Rub with Kenny & Jonathan. (Read More)


October 20th - via:
If you have trouble sleeping at night, I recommend you don’t read any further, for this yokai strikes you when you are most vulnerable: asleep in your bed! Makura-gaeshi枕返しまくらがえしTRANSLATION: pillow flipperALTERNATE NAMES:... (Read More)


October 19th - via:
We’re about 2/3 through the month now, and about 2/3 through our Kickstarter! Any day now it looks like we’ll be reaching the 500% funding mark, which means… five extra yokai! I know a lot of you have been looking forward to that stretch goal,... (Read More)


October 18th - via:
Today it is not too uncommon to see impious Buddhist priests hanging around seedy areas of town. They go bar-hopping, drive expensive luxury cars, pick up women, smoke and curse, and do other very un-priestly things. Of course, since they live off of... (Read More)


October 17th - via:
Have you ever seen photos of those charming Japanese monkeys bathing together in steamy mountain hot springs? They’re so cute, but at the same time any tourist will tell you they can be a real menace too, stealing bags, food, and even attacking... (Read More)


October 17th - via:
The full moon is this week, and it made me think of the old Japanese myth of the rabbit in the moon. I think a lot of people probably know that while in the West we see a man in the moon, in East Asian countries the usual story is that there is a... (Read More)


October 16th - via:
What says "Halloween" more than an evil cat, right? Well, if you thought witches' black cats were scary, you haven't seen anything! Japanese cats are far scarier than anything the West has cooked up, and today's is a perfect example. I also think... (Read More)


October 14th - via:
Today we breached 400%! That means we hit a new stretch goal: BOOKMARKS! The $10 bookmark add-on is going to be awesome. It will be large-format, 2.5x8 inches, heavy-duty laminated and topped off with a tassel. The front and back of the book will be... (Read More)


October 13th - via:
A few people have asked, so I wanted to clarify for everybody: anybody can add extra books (paperback and hardcover), art prints, and postcards to their order simply by increasing their pledge level. The add-on costs are as follows: extra postcards:... (Read More)


October 12th - via:
Today’s yokai is so wonderfully silly that it speaks for itself. There is no wonder it is counted among the most beloved yokai in Japan… Shirime尻目しりめLiterally, “butt eye,” this yokai is practically self explanatory. It first... (Read More)


October 11th - via:
When we associate Halloween with broomsticks, we are usually talking about witches riding them in front of the moon at night. Japan, on the other hand, ditches the witches and leaves the broom all to itself. Today’s yokai is another tsukumogami —... (Read More)


October 11th - via:
One popular request I’ve been getting since Night Parade came out is “more tsukumogami!” For those who do not know, a tsukumogami is a kind of yokai born from common household things. The name means “99-year god,” and the idea is that an... (Read More)

Stretch Goals

October 9th - via:
Here's a little more information on the status of stretch goals so far:  We reached 100% on day one, 200% on day 3, and 300% yesterday! So I have marked the first two stretch goals as already achieved. I've only made 5 stretch goals for now, but if... (Read More)


October 9th - via:
There are lots of different animal-type yokai, and a great deal more bestial yokai that resemble animals in some way or another. Out of these, though, there don’t seem to be all that many bird yokai. As a bird lover, I thought I’d even the scales... (Read More)


October 9th - via:
Today’s yokai is something you may recognize from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth. I love this yokai so much, not just because it’s creepy enough to give me the shivers, but also because it is such a perfect example of yokai master Toriyama... (Read More)


October 7th - via:
Today we breached the 300% mark. Thanks so much, everyone! You guys rock! Adn thank you so much for the comments and messages. It's been wonderful to hear from everyone. Your suggestions on stretch goals have been really helpful. The general... (Read More)


October 6th - via:
It's Sunday night and there is no Breaking Bad! But have no fear, you've got a yokai instead! I hope you enjoy tonight's yokai, who made an appearance in my Kickstarter video! Tesso鉄鼠てっそTesso wasn’t born a yokai. In fact, he was a real... (Read More)


October 5th - via:
Yamajijii山爺やまじじいTRANSLATION: mountain geezerALTERNATE NAMES: yamanji, yama-chichi (“mountain father”)HABITAT: deep in the mountains of ShikokuDIET: omnivorous APPEARANCE: Yama-jijii look like eldery men about 3-4 feet tall, with... (Read More)

About the Rewards

October 5th - via:
Just a little update here clarifying some of the rewards (this information has been added to the project page as well). The Ebook The ebook will be as faithful a representation of the paperback as possible, with a linked table of contents for easy... (Read More)


October 5th - via:
Phew! Today's yokai took a bit longer than I expected... about 16 hours in total. Not only is it a very detailed painting, but there was a lot of translating to do for this one... I had to get my facts straight! But I'm pretty happy with how it... (Read More)


October 3rd - via:
We passed 200% in funding today! Wow! Something a lot of other Kickstarters do is stretch goals: little bonuses that are added on to the project when it reaches milestones beyond its funding goal. That's something I'd like to think about,... (Read More)


October 2nd - via:
We've had a great second day so far, and we've already passed 100 backers! You guys are amazing! I just posted today's yokai on and Tōfu-kozō, or the little tofu boy! Today’s yokai was chosen for a reason, albeit a... (Read More)


October 2nd - via:
Hey all! Thanks so much for backing this project! I've been overwhelmed with the great amount of positive feedback from my first Kickstarter and the excitement for this next edition. Thanks so much for making it happen! We reached 100% of the funding... (Read More)

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