Anyway, I just about crapped in my pants when I saw the brilliant idea Suzuki and his publisher have just come up with for his latest novel, The Drop. The book is printed on a roll of toilet paper to expedite bathroom reading, to come in handy at particularly gruesome moments, and to complement the story, which is set in a public restroom.
I searched in vain for a copy of The Drop (which retails in Japan for around $2.20) because, man, I was ready to buy. But it appears American retailers have yet to embrace this brilliant concept.
But I won't give up. I have long held that people who read while on the toilet are crass and disrespectful, but The Drop just might change my mind.
From Yahoo News:
"TOKYO – In a country where ghosts are traditionally believed to hide in the loo, a Japanese company is advertising a new literary experience — a horror story printed on toilet paper.
Each roll carries several copies of a new nine-chapter novella written by Koji Suzuki, the Japanese author of the horror story “Ring,” which has been made into movies in both Japan and Hollywood.
“Drop,” set in a public restroom, takes up about three feet (90 centimeters) of a roll and can be read in just a few minutes, according to the manufacturer, Hayashi Paper.
The company promotes the toilet paper, which will sell for 210 yen ($2.20) a roll, as “a horror experience in the toilet.”
Toilets in Japan were traditionally tucked away in a dark corner of the house due to religious beliefs. Parents would tease children that a hairy hand might pull them down into the dark pool below."