Koji Suzuki (鈴木 光司, Suzuki Kōji, born 13 May 1957) is a Japanese writer, who was born in Hamamatsu and lives in Tokyo. Suzuki is the author of the Ring novels, which have been adapted into other formats, including films, manga,[1] TV series and video games. He has written several books on the subject of fatherhood. His hobbies include traveling and motorcycling.[2]

Koji Suzuki
BornSuzuki Kōji
(1957-05-13) May 13, 1957 (age 65)
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
GenreHorror, thriller, fantasy, science fiction
Notable works
Notable awardsShirley Jackson Award (2012)
Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement (2022)


Some of the books listed here are published in the US by Vertical Inc., owned by Kodansha and Dai Nippon Printing.

Ring seriesEdit

  • Ring trilogy and extended series
    • Ring (Ringu) (1991)
    • Spiral (Rasen) (1995)
    • Loop (Rupu) (1998)
    • Birthday (1999) (Short story collection) [tightly intertwined with the trilogy: almost crucially relevant]
      • "Coffin in the Sky" [details what happened to Mai Takano in Spiral]
      • "Lemon Heart" [prequel to Ring]
      • "Happy Birthday" [a direct epilogue to Loop]
    • S (2012)
    • Tide (2013)
  • Manga series
    • Sadako-san and Sadako-chan (2019)
    • Sadako at the End of the World (2020)

Standalone novelsEdit

  • Paradise (Rakuen) (1990)
  • The Shining Sea (Hikari sasu umi) (1993)[3]
    • republished – The Shining Sea (2022 Vertical Publishing) – ISBN 978-1647291181
  • Promenade of the Gods (Kamigami no Promenade) (2003)
  • Edge (2008)

Short story collectionsEdit

  • Death and the Flower (1995)
    • "Disposable Diapers and a Race Replica"
    • "Irregular Breathing"
    • "Key West"
    • "Beyond the Darkness"
    • "Embrace"
    • "Avidya"
  • Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) (1996) (includes an original framing story)
    • "Floating Water"
    • "Solitary Isle"
    • "The Hold"
    • "Dream Cruise"
    • "Adrift"
    • "Watercolors"
    • "Forest Under the Sea"

Short storyEdit

  • "Drop" (2009) – Printed on three rolls of toilet paper in Japan in Japanese and in English in 2012.[4]

Films adapted from his worksEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Japanese awardsEdit

U.S. awardEdit

International awardEdit


  1. ^ Ring Volume 1 TPB
  2. ^ Hobbies found on the back of The Ring, 2002, Koji Suzuki
  3. ^ "The Shining Sea".
  4. ^ "Are You Ready to Confront the Most Terrifying Toilet Paper in the World?". June 18, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

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