rachel hertzler

[Kirino writes] a side of Japan that isn’t often shown—the lives of women who aren’t cute or child-like, the ones who can’t afford to depend on anyone and aren’t really liked enough anyway, who work on the fringes of society and look forward to the bleakest of futures.
—  Rachel Hertzler, from ‘Modern Japanese crime thrillers give a seamy voice to societal discontent’, (via thenewinquiry)
In the U.S., we like stories of horror or violence that speak to concerns about sexuality and emasculation, but we do not have as much interest in female antiheroes. There exists a fine yet definite line between the serial killer protagonist who gets to head a premium cable show and the twisted fantasies of a woman steeped in a lifetime of frustrated ambitions.
—  Rachel Hertzler, from ‘Modern Japanese crime thrillers give a seamy voice to societal discontent’, (via thenewinquiry)