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Beneath the Howling Stars

Articol publicat in:EnglishRecenzii | Aparut in:Nr. 27 ( august, 2012 )
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Oliviu Craznic – … And Then the Nightmare Came at Last
Vremea Publisher House, Bucharest, 2010
Cranzic’s gothic novel is a necessary one, especially in a literature that didn’t seem to produce recognizable horror stories in all its history. However, the Transylvanian Dracula belongs to British literature. Imagine that Craznic’s novel would have been written in the late 19th century, by a contemporary of Eminescu and Macedonski. Our literature would have taken a different route, one that would have probably taken us earlier to modernity. Because horror is not facile – its …

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Jim Madison Davis: „Sometimes crime writing can be so local that it doesn’t speak to the larger audience.”

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 26 ( iulie, 2012 )
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George ARION talks to J. Madison DAVIS
This interview was occasioned by J. Madison Davis’ (American writer, essayist, creative writing professor at Oklahoma University, and president of the International Association of Crime Writers) participation to Rasnov Thriller&Mystery Festival in Romania. George Arion, acclaimed Romanian crime writer and journalist, is the president of the Romanian Crime Writers Club.
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George ARION: What is the importance of studies, of erudition in the process of becoming a crime writer?
Jim Madison DAVIS: That’s a difficult question, because I think there are some people who seem to have …

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Granite City

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 23 ( aprilie, 2012 )
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Lily lived in a city of gray granite and populated by gray people with frowning looks and too few kind words hidden inside their thoughts. The teachers poured daily on the children an endless wave of additions and subtractions, multiplications and subdivisions, names of rivers, countries and microscopic creatures with complicated names, and stories about battles that had taken place a long time ago, the heroes of which had long become dust in the wind. People were sad and sulky. When they laughed it was full of meanness, just as …

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Something That Must Happen

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 21 ( februarie, 2012 )
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That is what the elders believed and the others were certain that they were right. They climbed on the ramparts of the walled city and looked at the horizon toward the red desert; they listened to the shrill shriek of the birds and each one whispered as if just for himself: something must happen—.
People were born and passed away, attended schools and gathered skills, sung at weddings and wailed at burials. Sometimes they held their breath, listened to the unclear rumble of the desert and seemed to remember about something. …

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Dan Simmons: „I never fear the modern day readers’ response to anything I try”

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 19 ( decembrie, 2011 )
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Mircea PRICĂJAN talks to Dan SIMMONS
The future generations of readers will undoubtedly read Dan Simmons’ books with the same gusto the present generations read books by Dostoyevsky, Mann, or Dickens. His prose has the right caliber to penetrate years and years of time.
The following interview was occasioned by the imminent publication of the Romanian translation of his novel DROOD.
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Mircea PRICĂJAN: First and foremost, thank you, Mr. Simmons, for taking the time to do this interview. I know you’re in the middle of writing a new novel.
In a couple of …

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Greetings from the Balkans

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 17 ( octombrie, 2011 )
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What follows is the Introduction toRomania Noir. An Anthology of Mystery & Thriller Short Stories, a volume which was presented by Crime Scene Publishing at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, and which means to show the world some of the most representative Romanian mystery&thriller writers.
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In 1862 a book in two volumes “Misteries from Bucharest” by I.M.Bujoreanu appeared, a novel considered to be the first Romanian narration of detective persuasion. In its pages a society that was still living under the Turkish influence was presented (the complete release from under …

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Peter James: „I think any book you put down and never want to pick up again was probably not worth reading in the first place”

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 10 ( martie, 2011 )
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George ARION talks to Peter JAMES
Peter James (born 22 August 1948 in Brighton) was educated at Charterhouse School and went on to Ravensbourne Film School. He spent a couple of years in America, working as a screen writer and film producer. Today he divides his life between his home near Ditchling and his apartment in Notting Hill, London. His interests include criminology, science and the paranormal. He also enjoys motoring, having owned many cars over the years, most notably Jaguars and Aston Martins. Once a year he races, holding a racing driver’s licence.
Peter James has written 25 …

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J.D.’s Departure

Articol publicat in:EnglishProza | Aparut in:Nr. 7 ( decembrie, 2010 )
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On 10th of March, J.D. thought to himself: “I should do something with my life.” It was ten o’clock in the evening and he was alone in the house.
He was watching TV when this idea came to him. The news was on. One husband had strangled his wife because she didn’t agree with his sexual desires. An airplane had crashed over a residential area of Amsterdam. Some animals were found dead in a zoo and no one knew why. There were other news—the shocking kind, of course—but this last one …

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Jack Ketchum: „What we’re sometimes willing to do to one another scares me a whole lot more than vampires and werewolves ever will”

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 7 ( decembrie, 2010 )
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Mircea PRICĂJAN talks to Jack KETCHUM
Jack KETCHUM is the pseudonym of American author Dallas Mayr. Born in 1946, he grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. He is the author of eleven novels, four collections of short stories, and several novellas. He is a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Four of his books have been made into films (Offspring, Red, The Girl Nex Door and The Lost).
In his acceptance speech, when receiving the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, Stephen King said: “Jack Ketchum’s …

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Sarah Langan: „It’s all an act of faith”

Articol publicat in:English | Aparut in:Nr. 6 ( noiembrie, 2010 )
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Mircea PRICĂJAN talks to Sarah LANGAN

Sarah LANGAN received her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, where she studied with Michael Cunningham, Nicholas Christopher, Helen Schulman, Susan Kennedy, and Maureen Howard, among others. Her fist novel The Keeper (2006) was an immediate success and has been acclaimed by such high-esteemed authors as Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, and Jack Ketchum. Shortly after that followed The Missing (titled Virus in UK), which brought her the first Bram Stoker Award. The same award she was given this year, for Audrey’s Door, her third …

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