The stories are "The Boy Who Drew Cats" and "The Mountain Witch
," both based on Japanese folktales, and "The Haunted Beach House," an American folktale.
Of the three essays in part 3, "Defining the Female Voice," one by Meera Viswanathan focuses on the figure of the "yamamba" or mountain witch
; one by John Whittier Treat looks at Hayashi Kyoko as a woman writer of the atomic-bomb experience, and one by Michiko Niikuni Wilson considers Oba Minako and woman's resistance to social integration.
Especially when she discovers that the real David is dead, brutally murdered by Satan-worshipping mountain witches
. But how can he know things only David could?