My name is Megan Negrych, and the pursuit of writing under the identity of Mlle. Macabre is as aspiration of my personal goals. I am a graduate student of history, with a focus on Japanese history, and the history of horror and the macabre. My major area of focus is centred on Japanese Detective Fiction in the Post-war period, specifically the works of Akimitsu Takagi and Seicho Matsumoto between 1945 and 1961. My larger aspiration is to spread out from the narrow field of detective fiction in order to look at the historical role of horror, the grotesque, and the macabre in Japanese history. As such, I fall into the category of cultural historian.
I have obtained my B.A. in Japanese Language with a minor in History, as well as my B.A. in Theatre Arts. As of June 2014, I have successfully completed and defended my Masters thesis, and have been granted by Master of Arts degree. My next goal is to challenge the JLPT, with the aspiration of N2 certification. I am bilingual and certified in French and English.
My interests include Japanese history, detective fiction, fantasy literature, mystery, horror, and Roman/Greek/ Classical histories. I am also keenly interested in poetry, prose, and creative writing.
I started this blog not only as a way to get my writing and perspective out into the wider public, but also as an exercise in experience. By writing more frequently, and on different levels with different goals, I hope to improve my ability to verbally communicate with a wider audience. As such, what I post will range from academic papers, to personal perspectives, and pleasure writing in fiction.
Please feel free to contact me through the comments, or to follow me on twitter @Mlle_Macabre, and direct message me there. Or email me at negrych at gmail dot com.
It has recently come to my attention that some of the blog content has be added to recommended reading lists by a sone education programs and/or institutions. If you are coming here from those sites and have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly through my email. I always love talking with students and educators.
Writing and Publication:
Contributions to “The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films ( Available from Amazon, Google Books)