Yen Press announced they will publish Honobu Yonezawa’s Black Dungeon Castle in the west in June 2023. This is Yonezawa-san’s latest novel, and this is the first time his books have been released in English. Some readers might know his adult mystery novel series, the Classic Literature Club, which has been adapted into an anime titled Hyouka, named after the first volume.
Black Dungeon Castle:
The winter of 1578, four years prior to the Honnnoji Incident. Araki Murashige has betrayed his ally Oda Nobunaga and holed up in Arioka Castle—but a string of strange incidents within the castle walls has him at his wits’ end. The desperate warlord’s only hope in solving these mysteries is imprisoned in the castle’s dungeon: a man named Kuroda Kanbei, one of Oda’s most gifted strategists. When all the conflict and intrigue reach their end, what will Murashige and Kuroda have up their sleeves?
Throughout his two decades in publication, Honobu Yonezawa has received numerous awards, such as the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for his short story collection Mangan and the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel for his book Oreta Ryukotsu. Black Dungeon Castle has earned Honbu Yonezawa two more prestigious awards to add to his list of accolades—the Yamada Futaro Prize and the Naoki Prize.
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