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Chapter 5 of New Voices in the Dark: Splatter Film.

PlotEdit

Koko Shinozaki's husband Goro owns a mansion filled with books. The collection is a family heirloom and was handed down to him by his father. Goro maintains and files the collection diligently. He knows every book and its place in the library; and gets angry when Koko takes a book without asking. He also keeps a diary in which he records the events of every day in meticulous detail.

Goro is paranoid that something will happen to the library. He has nightmares about the books, and obsessively checks the library day and night to make sure nothing is out of place. His mother's favorite book disappears from the shelves, and so does his father's. Goro collapses with the stress.

Koko reads Goro's diaries and discovers that he was very close to his mother, who would read him her favorite book, a love story called Wintertime for Rene. One day, she left the family to be with another man. Goro's father took it out on him and began tormenting him by reading horror stories to him. Goro's father became obsessed with the idea of something happening to the library, and committed the books to memory, eventually going insane.

Goro tells Koko that Wintertime for Rene has returned to them. He claims to have been visited by a beautiful woman who was able to recite the story to him, and he believes that she is the personification of the book. However, he is subsequently visited by a monstrous apparition that is the personification of his father's book: Hellskin, the most terrifying horror story ever written. Koko doesn't believe it's real until she sees the ghost appear for herself. The story is so awful it causes her to faint, but when she wakes, the ghost is gone. Goro had defeated it by memorizing the story, reciting it back to the ghost and causing it to fade away.

Goro never sees the ghosts of Wintertime for Rene or Hellskin again. He believes this is because, when he had memorized the stories, there was no more reason for them to exist and so they are lost to him forever. He decides every book in the library must become a part of him, and devotes himself to learning the entire collection of over 150,000 books by heart - even encyclopedias. He loses his sanity completely.

Koko burns down the house in an attempt to destroy the library. Goro is killed in the blaze when she can't get him out in time. She tells the authorities there is no point calling Goro's surviving family - his father, who still lives in a psychiatric hospital, and is still reciting every book he had committed to memory.

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