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I have 38 stories published in 6 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 29439 times and 4 of my stories have been cherry picked.

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Charles R. Pringle

I was born in the northeast of England, but I have lived most of my life outside the UK. I basically grew up in Germany, and have lived in East Asia for the past 31 years—29 years in Japan and two years in China—where I have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor for a number of major Japanese companies. I’ve written hundreds of articles on Japan as well as two travel guides (one for Thomas Cook and one for Compass Maps) and a Japanese phrase guide (for Thomas Cook). I am also credited as the author of a book called Neo Shunga (Shunga is the term for Japanese erotic art of the Edo Period), but, in fact, I only wrote the introduction and the captions. The book consists mainly of woodblock prints. I recently published my first novel in English, Blinded by the Night (I have published one in Japanese), as an ebook. It is the first in a series featuring Akira Toyoda. I expect to finish the second novel in this series, provisionally titled Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by the end of the year.

My stories


A poem about despair and grief.

A Day of Darkest Despair

How bad can a bad day be? Yesterday was bad, and I deserve to pay the price for it.

A Woman by Choice - Part 1

A young musician living in West Berlin learns that there is more to life than just the straight forward birds and the bees.

Politicians, puffs and pubic wigs—Chapter 5

Yasuda, the Merkin designer, shocks and assaults the company president on his first day at the world's largest fashion company.

Dark Side of the Moon

A comparison between Tokyo in the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and East Berlin of the 1970s