Runaway Horses is the second volume of Yukio Mishima’s Sea of Fertility teratology. I was inspired to read it after seeing Paul Schrader’s film Mishima again recently. The film incorporates aspects of the novel in to the narrative to explain some of Mishima’s perplexing behavior. The novel reflects Mishima’s death wish fantasy by seppuku, the main character is obsessed by this idea and finally commits the act at he end of the book. It also helps explain Mishima’s attraction to the right wing ideology which informs his suicide when he fails his cou d’teau. There are some direct connects with the first volume Spring Snow in the apparent reincarnation of the protagonist in the hero of this volume and some of the principal characters of the previous book as adults. It was interesting to see which parts of the novel Schrader chose to use in the film and they were in large the main turning points of the novel.