• Charlaine LeRoux

This Is Not How I Thought Scissoring Worked


Hey Bookworms! I know I usually joke around a lot in my blogs but this lady is one of my personal boogeymen. For realsies, I woke up in the middle of the night last night and became convinced she was standing right outside my window. Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep.

Kuchisake-Onna has traumatized the majority of Japan. She stars in several nightmare inducing horror movies that I’m too chicken to even consider watching. In fact, in 1979 people all over Japan, especially school kids, were in quite a panic. The children were to afraid to walk home alone from school at night.

They would scurry through the streets in small groups, watching the shadows breathlessly until they got home. The panic spread further and further until teachers started walking their students home. Not that the teachers could have done anything to help. Nothing could help if Kuchisake-Onna chose you.

Let’s say you’re out for a walk when suddenly she steps out of the shadows. It’s as if she was conjured out of thin air. You jump back. You’re startled, obviously, but it’s just a woman. She has long dark hair, wears a long belted coat, and a surgical mask over the lower half of her face. It’s cold and flu season after all and everyone has to protect themselves from germs.

“I’m sorry,” you say sheepishly “I didn’t see you there.” You’re just about to move around her when she tilts her head and speaks.

“Do you think I’m pretty?” Her voice is soft and melodic.

“Yes. You’re very beautiful," you answer. “I am living for your bangs, girl.”

She tilts her head and slips off the surgical mask. “What about now?” She asks sweetly.

You recoil. It takes a minute for your brain to realize what’s going on and once it does your heart starts pounding. Adrenaline courses through your veins as you try to think of a way out of this. This isn’t any ordinary woman. This is Kuchisake-Onna aka “The Slit Mouth Woman” and you are likely not long for this world.

She smiles then and it’s terrible. Both corners of her mouth have been slit all the way to her ear. It’s a mess of severed tendons and scar tissue against startlingly white teeth.

Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. You know how this works. If you say yes, she’ll pull a set of razor sharp shears from her pocket quick as lightning and slash your face to match hers before you can blink.

If you say no, she will use those same shears to hack you to death where you stand.

It’s useless to run. She will appear right in front of you no matter which direction you turn. You couldn’t make it more than a couple of steps. You could certainly never get away. No wonder the children are so afraid.

Back when she was human, a long time ago, her husband slashed her when he found out she was having an affair. She died soon after and then she started haunting darkened streets and alleyways all over Japan. There is no way to escape unharmed. She’ll either disfigure you or murder you. All you can hope is that you never meet her. Although, it might not be so bad as long as you tell her yes. After all, you’re never fully dressed without a smile.

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