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Yes! YES! Volume 3 is out!

Did we make that joke before?

Well, we were due for it.

Anyway, hello, everyone! Exciting news. Volume 3 of our whimsical horror lit. magazine, Kyoto Cryptids, is now available! Digital copies can be found here for as little as $1 USD.

But perhaps you’d like a quick peek at the things we’ve got in store for you this issue. Never fear! Here are a few snippets of what you can look forward to in this edition:


(Text: Blue light emanated from the vending machines in the alley as Kenji passed by. He lingered for a moment that felt like hours, but with a force of will he didn’t know he had, he walked away and headed for the train station. – Kemuri.)

The Department of Spiders

(Text: Ryohei paused partway up the stairwell. The fog was blinding, swallowing even the trees he could feel snagging at his clothes. They weren’t just dolls, Takamura had said. Even in his drunken state, he could tell there was something off about them, something more… -The Department of Spiders)

Melon Soda

(Text: All the same, she didn’t grab it just yet. Instead, she balled it into a fist and shoved it into her pocket so she wouldn’t touch something by accident. The rules of this place were unclear… – Melon Soda.)

Everybody put a lot of blood, sweat, blood, and tears into this edition, so we truly hope that you check it out. If you do, don’t hesitate to give us feedback! We would love to hear from you at

Submissions will be open very soon for volume 4, so do keep an eyeball or two (or more, we’re not your boss) on this blog!

Published by Kyoto Cryptids

We are a whimsical horror lit magazine based in and focused on Kyoto, with stories, photos, art, and other media that share our experiences, thoughts, and love for this place we do or have lived in.

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