Written by

Koji Suzuki






Psychological Horror




Ring 0: Birthday

Birthday (バースデイ Bāsudei) is an anthology by Japanese writer Koji Suzuki first published on February 5, 1999 in Japan. It is the fourth installment of Suzuki's Ring series.


The book consists of three short stories occurring each in a different timeframe, and are all related to the Ring universe:

Floating CoffinEdit

This covers the last moments of character Mai Takano's life, which were omitted in the second novel of the series, Rasen (published in the United States of America and United Kingdom under the title Spiral). The story is told from her perspective.


The second story of the anthology, and the basis for the screenplay of film Ring 0: Birthday (2000). The majority of it takes place during central character Sadako Yamamura's time with the Hishio acting troupe at the age of 19. The focus of this story is Sadako's intimate relationship with fellow acting troupe member, Hiroshi Toyama, and her social alienation from the rest of the members. It also reveals the full story of her death and "rebirth" in the cursed videotape.

Happy BirthdayEdit

The final story of the anthology. It further develops the storyline of the last novel, Loop, while incorporating new information disclosed in the previous two short stories. It depicts the last events taking place in the Ring universe chronologically, and is also the conclusion of the series.



  • The movie Ring 0 is based on a short story Lemonheart from the anthology novel Birthday.


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