Saturday, 30 April 2016

Z - Zhong Kui - Fictional Phantoms #AtoZChallenge 2016

We've finally made it, the last day of the AtoZChallenge and the letter Z, which is always a little troublesome. For Fictional Phantoms today I have a chap who is more demonic than ghostly in the incarnation I have chosen, but he had to die to get that way, so I think he counts.

Zhong Kui (Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal)

Chen Kun as Zhong Kui
Zhong Kui is a traditional folklore hero in Chinese mythology. He was made king of ghosts by the Hell King after he committed suicide.

However, in the version I have chosen Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, he's a little more demonic for other reasons.

With the once in a thousand year full moon on July 15th approaching, when beings may cross through the realms and reincarnate to a higher plane, tension is brewing in the town of Hu.

Demonic Zhong Kui
Zhang Daoxian, tasked by Heaven to prepare the town to stop it being taken by demons, has resurrected Zhong Kui. Meant to be a scholar he was framed and stripped of his qualifications and committed suicide, but Zhang Daoxian brought him back to be a demon slayer.

Zhong Kui then slipped into hell to steal the Dark Crystal, the most powerful object in the three realms thanks to demons stealing the spirits from humans to charge it.

Using heavenly objects Zhong Kui attains a demons form so that he is able to beat any demons who come his way, secure in the knowledge that he is doing what if ordained by Heaven.

Problems arise when he meets a demon he knew once before, a beautiful snow demon, whom he fell in love with three years earlier. He also starts to find out that his mission may not be as heavenly ordained as he thought.

So you've made it to the end of the AtoZChallenge, do you have any recommendations for sites that are a must see?

My Other Blogs
I am sharing blogging duties with my sister, Sophie, on two other blogs for the AtoZ as well :

And Sophie also has her own blog in the AtoZ too:

Other People's Blogs
Don't forget to check out the other participant in this years AtoZChallenge. Click on the image to visit the main site and see the full list.


  1. Congrats on making it to the end. Last ghost isn't one I'm familiar with. ^^

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  2. I had never heard of this, but it all sounds really cool! I hope you have enjoyed the challenge! I wasn't able to get around as much as I wanted to, but I truly enjoyed every visit I made.
    Revisit the Tender Years with me at
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  3. He is an interesting character!

    Congrats, you did it and with all the blogs you participated with!

    I enjoyed this site I found through the challenge

    A simple but cute picture daily :)

    Now on to next year!


  4. Now my first thought on seeing this was ooh what a sexy ghost!! So thank you for that morning delight!

    Lol I'd point you to your sister's but I think you might have already read that one ;)

    If you've not visiting I've enjoyed

    Lots of stories about work related scenarios that have often made me giggle.

    Been a pleasure visiting as always!

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
    Curling Stones for Lego People

  5. Hi Tasha - congratulations on finishing off you fictional phantoms - this chap - Zhong-Kui .. sounds rather unpleasant .. cheers Hilary

  6. Hey, this sounds like a good story :-)

    Congratulation of finishing the challenge. And thanks for sharing so many good stories and characters.

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

  7. I watch a lot of Asian films, but I haven't seen that one.
    Hopefully no one confuses that movie with the Dark Crystal one with Muppets...

  8. There was another Dark Crystal movie about the Mystics and the Skeksis - animated. I have a copy of it. Zhong Kui sounds like an interesting story.

  9. I really love that face. And I'v enjoyed getting to know so many knew characters! Thanks for playing. I enjoyed it so much.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends

  10. Love the images of ZHong Kui - especially the demonic one! Great theme and congratulation on scaring me half to death for a month. I can go and lie down now :)
    Writing Women’s Fiction

  11. Congrats on making it to Z and delighting us with tales of all sorts of interesting fictional phantoms!

    There are far too many blogs to pick just a few to list here for you to check out. Discovering new blogs (like yours) has been one of the best part of the challenge!

    Cheers - Ellen |

  12. Great name, scary ghost. I usually try to avoid getting scared as I am very scary!

    Finding Eliza

  13. Kung Fu and other areas of asian cinema really have some crazy and fascinating ghosts. Enjoyed your alphabet this year, even though I didn't quite make it to all of them. Congrats on finishing A to Z!

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  14. Enjoyed reading about fictional phantoms - gave you a shout out on my Z post.

  15. That sounds like a great tale. I've loved your theme. Ghosts haunt for all kinds of reasons. Some are evil and cruel and others have been protective. Very interesting stuff.

    Susan Says

  16. That's one spine-chilling story: suicide, king of hell and the all-powerful crystal. Can't beat that combo. Yay for Z! And thanks for all the great and spooky phantoms this month.

  17. It has been very interesting following along with your fictional phantoms - there were so many that I hadn't heard of before :)

    Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

  18. I've really enjoyed your Fictional Phantoms theme Tasha! You've introduced me to so many cool and scary ghosts and have made me interested in reading more about them or seeing the movies.
    Congrats on making it to Z! Great job.
    See you 'round the bend...

    Michele at Angels Bark

  19. Excellent finale. I love, love, love Chinese mythology and folklore. :) Happy end of the challenge!

    The Immarcescible Word

  20. That sounds like a really interesting story. And I'm glad he's not one of the unstoppable evil ones.

  21. Woo! I can so watch this! Yay!

    Congrats on a month of awesome ghosties!

  22. That sounds like a really interesting twist to this ghost's quest. I would like to watch this movie. As a fellow ghost fiction enthusiast, I have enjoyed adding some new ghosts to my collection. Thanks!

  23. Sounds like a new martial arts. That's a bad ass name!

  24. This one sounds like a "good guy" demon. I've enjoyed reading about all the different phantoms and nasties this month. Congratulations on another successful challenge! Thank you so much for following my theme as well.

  25. This sounds like a great story. I've seen so many good blogs, it's hard to pick, but if you love cats, Sandra Cox ( did cats all month, and Stephanie Faris ( did unsolved mysteries which were intriguing.

  26. Cheers to crossing the AtoZ finish line with fabulous phantoms, fun fiction and a full bottle of wine!

    The AtoZ of EOS

  27. Our tastes are quite different when it comes to movies, but I enjoyed reading your posts. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to seeing emails from your blog in my inbox.

  28. Congratulations on making Z and finding a great ghost-demon to end a great theme. As for blogs I found, some of the best were via the comments here.

    In addition, I'd add:

    Lots to read there...and via here.

    My posts:

  29. I thought your theme was so cool, in part because it was all new to me!

  30. This guy is new to me! I like his name though!
    Congratulations on finishing the A to Z - I thought I had too and then I started visiting blogs and realized I'd missed quite a few of them. I've been playing catch up for the last several weeks, think I'll make it?
    Happy May!


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