Kaleidoscope of Death


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It started off peculiarly; first, his domestic cat refused to let him cuddle it.

Lin Qiushi soon found that a sense of disharmony and incongruity began to pervade everything around him.

Then, one odd day, he pushed open a door, and he discovered that the hallway he was familiar with turned into a boundless corridor.

At both ends of this corridor were twelve, identical iron gates.

Thus, the story began.

Ruan Nanzhu said to Lin Qiushi, “When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes back at you.”

Upon hearing this, Lin Qiushi sank into deep contemplation. He then pulled down the zipper of his trousers and aimed at the abyss…

Ruan Nanzhu: “…Put your pants on properly!”

Super shameless, ill, pampered gong X Shameless, calm shou; a combination of double [or extreme] shamelessness.

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Recommendation Lists
  1. BL Horror
  2. BL Horror/Survival
  3. Highly recommend
  4. Game Element(NO Video Game/Virtual Reality)
  5. BL <3 “II”

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08/01/19 Taida Translations c30
07/22/19 Taida Translations c29
07/12/19 Taida Translations c28
07/09/19 Taida Translations c27
07/06/19 Taida Translations c26
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12/06/18 Taida Translations c21
11/07/18 Taida Translations c20
09/22/18 Taida Translations c18-19
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08/05/18 Taida Translations c16
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New Juonsadako rated it
August 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Reading this was one hell of a journey where my feelings were put in the fudging blender then just to be patched up nicely again and being told everything was gonna be fine but endup im being thrown into hell fire and suffer for a bit more but all these hardships were fudging worth it to achieve the HE that the author promised.

Well it was not all about angst really there are other happy/funny/diabetes inducing-stuff... more>> too of course BUT WHEN THE AUTHOR HAS DECIDED TO WRITE THE ANGST PART SHE REALLY DIDNT HOLD BACK.


Thankyou :) <<less
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dontbotherlovingme rated it
July 7, 2018
Status: Completed
Oh My God!! This is freaking awesome!!

I read this without any pause because this novel is too good!

The author is the same as I am Incomplete Without You, which is also a horror-yaoi genre. Tired of transmigrating MC's, systems, cultivation world, ABO world, typical I return to time and I'll get my revenge MC's, possessive ML that doesn't makes sense why he is possessive in the first place, then I advice you to read this!!! This is a hundred times better.

... more>> I advice you to read this if you want:

A.) good plot

B.) intelligent MC & ML

C.) suspense and horror

D.) mystery

E.) good romance

F.) mind-blowing story lines

G.) good comedy

Basically the MC and ML are dying in the real world. Because of this, for them not to die, they need to solve mysteries and find the bronze key to unlock the gate and return to the real world. There are a total of 12 doors they need to pass. And the higher the door, the higher the difficulty. Also, this is very important:

If they die inside the door, they would die in the real world.

In the MC's case, if he died inside the door, he would die due to liver cancer in the real world. That's why inside the door, you can trust no one unless he is your teammates whom you can really trust because everyone is desperate to live.

If you read the first translated chapters, you would notice something special regarding the MC, through which ML also noticed and reason he recruited the MC to his organization in the real world.


Regardless of the situation, the MC is very calm and can adapt well. For a first timer in entering the door, he is regarded as special. Because those who would enter the door for the first time, would have a major breakdown and would cry. They won't accept the reality of entering the door. The MC, however did not even cry but was very calm. Also, in a group of desperate people, he was the most selfless. So ML, who already entered several doors became interested in him. Also, the MC has good hearing ability which is very useful and he is also intelligent.


ML is someone who is also very intelligent and leader of an organization through which they help people pass the door and earn a living. He is very beautiful and often cross-dresses when he enters the door so that it will not give out his identity.

Regarding the romance: what can I say? It's just right. The MC and ML's love is so unconditional. In a life and death situations, they won't leave each other and tried to overcome them together. Once, the MC sacrificed himself to bring out the key and locked himself in a burning room, but the ML still entered the room and brought him out.

"I just thought that if it was I who was in that situation, he would also do the same." said the ML.

Also, DO NOT FORGET TO READ THE EXTRAS! This is very important. There is a very big revelation that would make your mind blown up to the milky way galaxy!! This novel is considered as number one in my favorites. If you read this, you can't help but value your life more. I just don't get why this novel has a very low rating. It's a masterpiece!!!

Just read this people!!! I assure you, it's worth it! <<less
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Hals rated it
July 12, 2018
Status: c7




I dont even know where to start omg Its immediately engaging and gets right into it. If youre a fan of horror and thrills, DO NOT PASS THIS UP. The decriptions are unlike anything ive read before, but granted I dont really read this genre much lmao I picked this up cause I trust the translator and boyyyy was I not disappointed. I dont know if I regret not reading this earlier so I would know how fantastic it is or if I regret not reading it later so I would have more chapters to binge lmao Updates are pretty regular and quick though and thats a blessing :")

But fr lol Im living in my aunts huge house for the summer rn and I wake up at 4 and that time before the sun rises and everyone else wakes up freaks me out a little I half expect the monster lady to come out through one of the windows or sliding doors FML lmao

But okay for real like, on to the actual story

The MC (who ill just call LQ) is pretty calm just as the summary says, hes an all around likeable guy lmao Hes a great main character

The ML is hilariousssssssss The interactions between these two are comedy gold but still somewhat sweet/meaningful. As you learn in the summary, the ML (who i'll call RB) is a crossdresser and its pretty funny beung He is also of course, both shameless and pampered.

LQ and everyone else doesnt know RB is a man and spoils him but like, RB really enjoys it haha

. Somehow, the crossdressing works amazingly. I was thinking about how if this wasnt Danmei and hetero instead then it wouldnt be as fun. But likewise if LQ knew straight away or quickly found out RB was a guy then that would really reduce the fun too lolol

RB also mentions once that he can read fortunes (not a spoiler cause im p sure it happens in the first chapter lol) and although its not mentioned afterwards you can really see it come into play, and if youre quickwitted (or even if youre not haha) you can tell when RB is figuring something out. He doesnt seem like a reliable guy but unexpectedly he's pretty dependable haha

And super shameless LMAO Take my word for it and dont read this 'review' but read the actual work. Its incredibly funny. Im honestly gobsmacked how little people have this on their reading lists but I feel like it may be because of the cover haha I cant read chinese or even mtl (nor have I tried) but when I think about LQs reaction to finding out the model-like sweet RB is actually male, I honestly feel like the cover is quite apt looool

Its really fun though, watching LQ dig a pit for himself while we as readers know RB is a crossdresser 😏

Im probably missing out on stuff that ill remember later, but its only 7 chapters and I am so soooo hooked. The storyline is super interesting, the comedy is amazing, dialogue makes you cry and both MC and ML are awesome and incredibly likeable.

Of course, translations are amazing also, but that doesnt need to be said. Anything from Taida comes with a quality assurance mark lol I just really want to thank her for picking this up its definitely one of my new favourites!

From me, Kaleidoscope of Death is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ And I would hiiiiighly encourage everyone to add it to their Reading Lists and open chapter 1 straight away ♡ <<less
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yasiixiao rated it
July 10, 2018
Status: Completed
Well, the first review says it all :D totally worth it. It is mind blowing and scary (for me) the author writes vividly to the tiny details in the plot just like imagining yourself at the scene it will really affect your mood. Sometimes I don't want to click the next chapter hehe= that is for Horror.

Comedy= Well the both the MC and the ML are shameless to some extent which adds to the comedy and their chemistry. Also, the ML likes to crossdress and bullies the MC to crossdress... more>> when entering the door.

Chestnut (cat) and Toast (dog) lightens the mood in the story as well - chestnut is with the MC and toast with the twin bro.

Just read it totally worth.. It is also popular on jjwc and when you're about to reach the end just prepare some tissues. Tearjerking scenes alert!!!!

Also includes extra chapters with a super revelation. HAHAHA

translator-san thanks for picking this up :D *.* <<less
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Anie rated it
July 28, 2018
Status: Completed
I just finished raws. This is not very fluffy novel (I usually prefer fluffy and sweet ones) but it is soo good. I loved every world they went in and the MC is the best and ML is... Best as Well. They are so cute and not annoying at all. There is mystery, plot, cute moments, sad moments, interesting other characters and funny moments as well. So, go for it!
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darlingv rated it
April 28, 2019
Status: Completed
Horror, with a little comedy and romance thrown into the mix really is the perfect combination. I'm a big fan of horror movies and novels, but only when it's done right. Kaleidoscope of Death is such a novel.

MC enters the world inside the door and has to survive by avoiding all sort of creepy things that go bump in the night, while solving the mystery to each key to go back to the real world. The doors are all very exciting (except for the minotaur one, that was just plain... more>> disgusting) and we get to see how much MC grows throughout the story. MC is smart, calm, and has a keen mind and good intuition, which makes him very well-suited to deal with such frightening, tension-ridden situations.

ML is very experienced, intelligent, cunning and extremely shameless, but shows two different sides to his personality when he is in the door and in the real world. ML brings humor to the story when he is being full-blown shameless, which balances out the scary bits. One moment you experience heart-racing, jaw-dropping terror, and the next you're laughing out loud, wiping your tears.

The romance between MC and ML is really the cherry on top. The tacit understanding these two have make them the perfect partners when they're challenging the doors. It feels completely natural when MC and ML finally get together, especially after the harrowing life and death experiences they go through together. MC indulges ML a lot, playing along with his crazy antics (which provides more comedy for us readers).

I didn't care much for the supposedly "mind-blowing" reveal in the extras, mainly because I felt the explanation was not exactly necessary. It didn't add anything to the story for me, and I could've done without it.

All in all, this is the most riveting horror novel (on novelupdates) that I've read so far. It makes me feel a little sad now that I've finished reading it. I was completely invested in the story, its characters and the emotions... the angst in the last part really got me tearing up! It's a must read that deserves the 5 stars! <<less
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March 27, 2019
Status: Completed
f**k f**k fuck!! This is the third bl horror that I fucking love so much. DAMN IT. I FEEL SO EMPTY, I feel so lost, I feel so lifeless... this story, I wish I hadnet finished reading it in one day, I wish I never read its ending, I wish I never read it at all, because I fell for it, I fell for the story's beauty, I stared at the abyss and it stared at me. I couldn't look away now this is what I get.

This story is definitely... more>> takign the first place on my bl horror lost, and even my bl list. Just- fuck, what should I say, my mind is a mess. This story messed me up, I'm crying, I'm crying because from the beginning to end, I felt that the characters were alive, I felt the lofe of the story. Omfg

If you've read the other reviews, the 8 extra chapters fucked up our minds. It literally did, we dont know if we should cry or laugh or be angry.

Question that hasnt been answered

1. What is the 12 doors and how did it came to be?

2. What is its real purpose?


if you choose the illusionary world will you stay there for eternity?



it was proven that our MC found out ml's real identity but tf is really happening?



when you die while inside the doors, why do u have to stay in the illusionary world?


The only thing that made me disappointed is the story of the twin, its so fucked up that

zhen stayed to the illusionary world to be with his brother


Damn it!!! I wish the author could've made a sequel to answer our question while focusing on the

plot where they slowly unveil the mystery behind the 12 doors and ml's identity


DONT MISS OUT ON A GREAT STORY AND READ THIS !! im gonna read a fluffy story to soothe my aching heart that was broken thousand of times



the whole story was actually the 12th door battle, our MC was actually supposedly obsedian true inheriter, and also the one who grew up fighting every doors (the role of ninian our ml) and he's also actually/or assuming the first to encounter sa 12th door in the first chapter.



ML is the 12th door npc wtf, fck my life




since they lived together and the 12door was sealed, does our MC achieved his mission? How was the ML allowed to go outside (assuming that its the real world) and be with mc

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Randomness rated it
July 15, 2018
Status: Completed
Omg, omg, O.M.G

This novel is amazing!

I dropped it several times due to the horrors (and my subsequent nightmares cause by it), but man am I glad I finish this!

And the revelation in extra chapter! Mind. Blown.

Beaware of the tragedy, especially near the end of the novel

... more>>

No worries, the MC and ML are safe, sound and HE. Others though... and those extras.. it's so sadly bittersweet


Many mysteries still remains unanswered


What is the purpose of The Doors, how the ML is.. ML, and who made The Doors?


But the ending is quite satisfying, so no loss. <<less
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rhianirory rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: Completed
good but yes, a little heavy on the gore so if you have a weak stomach or you don't like horror stories this might make you queasy and give you nightmares. The doors are really well done and the MC seems prone to ... more>>

waking up in the hospital afterwards. It happens many times

both the MC and ML are pretty interesting. The MC is the calm and clever during the doors but he has a low EQ when it comes to himself. He also claims his IQ isn't good, but he learns quickly and adapts very fast to things inside the door. Besides he was a designer (though we don't know what type of design work he did), which means he went to university for at least four years if not more so the man can't be too stupid so his beliefs about himself seem unreliable.

there are a few things that bothered me; like them saying that if you are around mentally ill people for too long you can catch mental illness yourself. This isn't true and seeing the author say stuff like that really pisses me off. the ending was complex and there were still a lot of questions left unanswered, especially about the doors. Maybe things will be clearer in the translated version. <<less
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sigma rated it
August 1, 2018
Status: Completed
I'm actually quite conflicted about how I feel about this novel. It was an absolute blast to read, chock-full of absolutely brilliant (and very, very nauseating) imagery, especially ones about people getting skinned alive. I actually think this author has a thing for people getting skinned alive, because that appeared quite a few times. And that's quite a few too many in my feeble and weak-stomached opinion. But don't let that stop you, because this novel is definitely worth getting a few nightmares over! The riddles are well thought-out and... more>> quite creative, having been lifted from real folktales, though some of the stuff traumatised me a bit. The main couple is amazingly cute and the supporting cast doesn't disappoint either, satisfying in both depth and size (more on this later). I'm way too much of a wimp to go back and have another more detailed read (the author's control over the atmosphere was excellent!) but there were no significant plot holes that stood out to me. It is a webnovel after all, and this offers the author all the flexibility they need to patch any errors that spring up.

Now the criticisms. Remember how I said that the supporting cast is satisfying in both depth and size? That depends on what you're after. Don't get me wrong - the portion of the cast that gets enough screen time to be at least semi-important are all nicely explored as people in their own right, and that portion is more than big enough - but one scene in particular stood out to me and that is the first group of people the protagonist meets, at the conclusion of the first arc. All these characters were introduced by name and were all given a few lines of introduction to characterise them a little, but most never progressed beyond that. They were present, though given how well the protagonist seems to know them by the end (i.e. Decently, because he's a bit quiet) my knowledge of them as a reader was painfully lacking. The main characters were also a bit too Mary Sue for my tastes, but that's quite subjective and honestly I enjoyed myself even with this opinion.

My other complaint is a bit spoilery, but I won't be giving anything much away.


The final twist at the end of the novel was, in my opinion, incredibly forced. It was a very interesting idea that probably involved a bit too much planning to have been tacked on at the last minute, but the execution was quite lacking. There was little coherent foreshadowing given for such a big twist, leaving me feeling slightly confused after the somewhat anticlimactic reveal. I actually got spoiled at the start of the novel (thanks jjwxc comments), which theoretically should have made the foreshadowing all the more obvious now that I was actively looking for it but after reading the novel I can safely conclude that I didn't see much.


Despite its shortcomings, I don't by any means regret reading this at all! It was so much fun to read, keeping me up at nights as I frantically tried to finish the entire novel in three days while Taida (who recommended it) just laughed at my panicked 3am messages. I'd definitely recommend it if you like horror - and maybe even if you don't, because the suffering is totally worth the fun you'll have. I think. <<less
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potxki rated it
January 4, 2019
Status: c22
So far, the story is amazing. It has the right amount of mystery and suspense, and the horror scenes are quite scary (well, I have a vivid imagination, and I'm the type who get goosebumps from reading stephen king books) even if they're short. And the interesting part is how funny the story is as well. Mostly it's because of the MC and ML's interaction even when they're in the middle of getting haunted, lol. I also love how this story breaks the usual shou-is-feminine stereotype. To be clear, I... more>> have no problem with that trope, I actually enjoy it when the story's plot suits that kind of shou. I just find it refreshing that the MC and ML here are both competent and adorable and hilarious. And ohmygod, just read this because it's worth your time and effort. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
October 20, 2018
Status: c19
Thus far, this is a wonderfully gory horror series perfect for the Halloween season. The personalities of the MC and ML lighten up the dark, suspenseful atmosphere with their refreshing personalities and sassy interactions.

The world-building for each door they go through is interesting, albeit a bit lacking. It's nothing particularly inspirational or note-worthy. The side-characters have yet to be fleshed out, which is another glaring weakness. Although the story is nice and the characters are funny, the writing doesn't evoke a sense of terror or loss for me in regards... more>> to the monstrosities faced and people killed. At this point, the writing isn't enough to move me, but I may change this review by the time the series ends. <<less
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meimeika rated it
October 14, 2018
Status: Completed
It is really a great novel.


However, I found that there are too many tragedies in the story eventhough it is still considered a happy ending story. I feel depress for a while, still, the story is too good to stop reading in the middle and I fight to the end. Overall is very good.

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Soleus rated it
August 6, 2018
Status: Completed
What I want to really say is that...
... more>>

Sh%@... this novel is so dang awesome. I totally did not expect the twist at the end. I was like... what? Seriously??😨

This also made me realize how precious our MC is.

I suddenly felt like waking up from a dream after completing the novel. Like wow... I accompanied ML and MC trough the horrors and suspense and then its finished? That's all?

But I love the ending, love their unconditional love and all.

Gosh... just want to say the twist, the twist at the end. I cannot take my mind of it. I was shockingly SHOCKING!

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Misty Foxtail rated it
June 8, 2019
Status: c1
Through reading this I came to realize that this novel is a bit the same as Earth is Online. It is very unique and I'm quite excited for it to be completely translated!
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MillenniumMoon rated it
June 8, 2019
Status: Completed
This is one of the best horror novels I've ever read! I'm a person who adores horror since I was a little child, I've read a lot of horror stories so I'm not a person that is easily spooked but man I sure got goosebumps reading this. (And I read this with MTL!!!)

I'm a person who loves reading alone but this story got me so paranoid and creeped out that I was relieved when my roommate got back from school.

I also like slow burn romances and this one is... more>> especially cute. I'm not fond of bl that always uses the love at first sight or quick to fall in love trope, so this was a breath of fresh air.

If you love horror, then I highly recommend you read this! Welcome to the Nightmare Game is a must too! <<less
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LazytotheCore rated it
September 18, 2018
Status: c16
I haven't read much of this, but I think what I’ve read so far is absolutely amazing! It is hilarious. Yes, it’s interesting and written beautifully, but what reallly stands out is how funny it is! It’s not all comedy either, there’s some horror, action, and serious parts as well, but I haven’t read anything that made me laugh this hard in ages! I’ve only read 16 chapters so far, so I don’t know much about this novel, but no matter what it turns out to be, I think I’ll... more>> like it in the end. It’ll probably get more serious later on, but for now, I’ll enjoy the comedy. <<less
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