Graveyard Shift

Creepy Tales About The Japanese Urban Legend Of The Slit-Mouthed Woman

When Kuchisake-onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman, asks you a question, you better give her the right answer - or else. Among scary Japanese urban legends, she's one of the most frightening, said to brandish large scissors and prey on unsuspecting passersby. Kuchisake-onna stories detail her horrific appearance, with a jagged, bloody scar resembling a smile. Disfigured and murdered by a jealous husband, she is a malicious spirit returned from the dead who can appear anywhere at any time. She always wants to know one thing: Am I pretty?

Is Kuchisake-onna real? She's certainly captured the public imagination. Her ghastly figure appears in many Japanese ghost stories that date back as far as the Edo period of the 17th century. But whether you believe in the Slit-Mouthed Woman or not, there's no denying that stories about her send a shiver down the spine.