Per questo numero #23 di Autopsie Mauro Marcialis, dopo aver affondato in profondità le lame tra le pagine di American Psyco di Bret Easton Ellis, torna a indossare l'oscuro camice del coroner del Posto Nero per sezionare un'altro libro di culto: Arancia Meccanica (A Clockwork Orange, 1962) di Antonhy Burgess:
giovedì 29 settembre 2011
lunedì 26 settembre 2011
Settembre, tempo di presentazioni e anteprime, di nuovi progetti. Dopo aver presentato pochi giorni fa il primo titolo ebook del Posto Nero, Arkana - Racconti da Incubo, che sarà pubblicato ad Halloween, è arrivato il momento di Maman Brigitte, il nuovo web magazine del Posto Nero
venerdì 23 settembre 2011
Un talento innato, senza basi artistiche di disegno o di pittura. Zdzisław Beksiński (1929-2005) è uno dei maggiori artisti polacchi della seconda metà del ’900. Dopo un primo periodo di opere minori, in cui si avvicina all’arte con la fotografia e la scultura, nel 1971 dopo un terribile incidente stradale la sua produzione muta drasticamente. Prendono vita il suo periodo gotico e i dipinti ad olio surreali, macabri, visioni di scenari post apocalittici in sospeso tra la vita e la morte, tra la realtà e il sogno.
giovedì 22 settembre 2011
E' arrivato il momento di presentare ufficialmente il primo titolo ebook realizzato dal Posto Nero: Arkana - Racconti da Incubo, curato da me insieme a Daniele Bonfanti. Si tratta di una raccolta di racconti horror di grandi autori di livello internazionale, alcuni mai pubblicati in italia, un ambizioso progetto di divulgazione della letteratura horror dedicato a tutti gli appassionati del genere. Chi segue Il Posto Nero ha già letto l'anteprima di Arkana qualche tempo fa, si tratta di un ebook che sarà pubblicato il prossimo Halloween, scaricabile gratuitamente in rete.
martedì 20 settembre 2011
Ten Knives Interview with Tim Lebbon:
Knife 1: Please name at least three contemporary authors who write generally better than you do and why.
[Tim Lebbon] Adam Nevill, a good friend of mine and a fantastic writer. His horror novels are beautiful and shattering, and The Ritual is one of the scariest books I've ever read. Adam is a true wordsmith -every sentence is lovingly formed, every words carefully chosen. John Connolly writes dark crimes novels tinged (and sometimes soaked) with the supernatural. One of my favourite of his is Bad Man, in which a bunch of criminals bent on revenge stir up a horde of protective, nasty ghosts. His writing is effortless and compelling, and I always know I'm going to have a good time with one of his books. Joe Lansdale is also a big favourite. His novels always contain humour and a degree of violence, but there's always an underlying moral that he never has to hammer home. A profoundly moral writer, whose work is touching, and important.
Knife 2: Has ever something happened in your life that made you think give up writing?
[Tim Lebbon] Nope. I love writing. I've always loved it, from an early age when I first picked up a pen and decided I was going to write a book (I guess I was maybe seven or 8), and I still love it as much now that I'm making a living from it. It's the best job in the world ... I make stuff up and write it down and sell it. In the process, I get to learn a lot about myself and the world around me, and I've also been lucky enough to meet some amazing people, many of whom have become dear friends. I can't think of anything that would make me want to give up writing ... and if there is something, tell it to stay the hell away!
Knife 3: Which compromises did you have to accept for commercial reasons?
[Tim Lebbon] I'm lucky enough to be able to write pretty much what I want to, although of course being published commercially means that there are usually some sort of expectations from a publisher. If I'm writing a fantasy novel for Orbit, for instance, I know they wouldn't be very happy if I delivered a 17th century naval romance novel. I don't see this as a compromise, rather than a part of the business. I love the areas I write in, and it's a pleasure being able to do so, not a strain.
Knife 4: Is it very important to win literary prizes? Does it help to sell?
[Tim Lebbon] I like winning awards. There are people who say they don't care about awards, and that's fine. But I'm always very touched when I win something, especially when it's for a book that is very close to my heart, such as (a novella very much influenced by the death of my mother). I've seen no real evidence that they increase sales, but they're always very nice to have.
Knife 5: When you have no ideas for writing, how do you bring down yourself and whom do you phone to?
Knife 6: What do you think when you read your country's best seller rankings?
[Tim Lebbon] I don't pay that much attention. I don't write cookery books, or reality TV tie-ins, so it's doubtful I'll ever be on those lists. I'm not sure I'll ever see one of my own novels as a national bestseller ...but never say never.
Knife 7: What do you reproach to American publishing? What are its limits?
[Tim Lebbon] I've made whatever name I have in American publishing, so I've got little to say against it. I'm only now experiencing a very satisfying publishing career in my own country - I have deals with Orbit and Arrow/Hammer - but until several years ago all my books were published in the USA. Limits are set by circumstance, and I think at the moment there are self-imposed limits in publishing - to do with traditional behaviour - that are set to be broken when it comes to electronic media. We're living in very interesting times.
Knife 8: How many times have you refused to participate to a no-profit project?
[Tim Lebbon] I'm usually happy writing for a charity project if it's something that interests me, or if there's something I think I can bring to it. I'm less keen working for non-profit publications now that simply 'pay' in contributor copies, mainly because I'm a professional writer and I do this for a living. But I judge each project on its merit, and some projects can benefit a writer's career in the exposure they'll enjoy more than in the small fee they'll receive.
Knife 9: What did you do right after signing major book deal?
[Tim Lebbon] My first mass market deal was with Leisure Books in the USA, for my novel The Nature of Balance. I took my wife away for the night to a very posh, very expensive hotel that had just been opened close to us. We had a lovely afternoon in the health suite, and a spectacular meal, and I spent about 10% of my advance on one evening. Fun, though. Nowadays, I always celebrate a new book deal somehow, either with a meal out with my family, or a bottle of wine at home. Though I've been writing for a while, I'm still delighted each time I sign a new book deal. I still get that sense of excitement. I hope it never goes away.
Knife 10: Final question: Whom to (or to what) would you throw a knife?
[Tim Lebbon] I once threw a knife at a tree, and it stuck. It was perfect! I don't think I'd like to throw one at anything else.
Tim Lebbon's (London 1969) books include Face, The Nature of Balance, Changing of Faces, Dead Man's Hand, Pieces of Hate, Fears Unnamed, White and Other Tales of Ruin, Desolation, Dusk, Berserk, Fallen, The Everlasting, The Map of Moments: A Novel of the Hidden Cities (with Cristopher Golden) Echo City, The Thief of Broken Toys, plus books from Cemetery Dance, Night Shade Books, and Necessary Evil Press, among others. He has won two British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Tombstone Award, a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild, World Fantasy Awards, Shirley Jackson Award. His novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night became a New York Times bestseller.Tim Lebbon has served as vice president of the Horror Writers Association and he has taught creative writing at Cardiff University. Web Site
Buy "The Island" by T. Lebbon on Amazon
lunedì 19 settembre 2011
Siamo arrivati al numero #22 della rubrica Autopsie. Questa volta a guidare gli affilati strumenti dentro gli organi interni di un libro è Benjamin Kane Ethridge, vincitore dell'ultima edizione del Bram Stoker Award per il miglior romanzo d'esordio, Black & Orange. Un coroner d'eccezione che ha scelto di sezionare per noi un grande classico della letteratura vampirica, Io Sono Leggenda di Richard Matheson:
giovedì 15 settembre 2011
lunedì 12 settembre 2011
venerdì 9 settembre 2011
di Alessandro Manzetti
Continua il Viaggio III della Queen Anne's Resurrection, a tema Sirene e Vampiri a Bordo. Dopo la prima parte che ha visto protagoniste le opere inedite di Jeff Strand, Claudio Vergnani, Bruce Boston e Daniele Serra, che potete leggere qui, adesso è il momento della attesa 2° parte, che promette altrettanto sangue, mistero, terribili creature che infesteranno questa vecchia nave.
martedì 6 settembre 2011
di Alessandro Manzetti
Siamo arrivati al Viaggio III della Queen Anne's Resurrection, il progetto tematico del Posto Nero dedicato a scoprire i tesori dell'Horror: racconti, poesie, illustrazioni, lettere, allucinazioni, tutto materiale raro inedito e dedicato dei protagonisti della cultura e letteratura horror nazionale e internazionale. Prima di presentare il carico di oggi, del Viaggio III, per chi non lo avesse già fatto è consigliabile salire a bordo della Queen Anne's Resurrection per conoscere questa oscura nave, la sua storia, informarsi sul codice dei pirati e consultare la galleria di video di mostri, creature e leggende del mare.
sabato 3 settembre 2011
Ten Knives interview with Alexandra Sokoloff
Knife 1) Please name at least three contemporary authors who write generally better than you do and why.
[Alexandra Sokoloff] Mo Hayder: she never flinches away from portraying the most heinous of human evil and she is never, ever exploitive about it. The best at this since Thomas Harris. Heartbreaking and sometimes almost unreadably intense. Lee Child: with book after book he expands on the legend of a very human but also archetypal hero/antihero with Sherlockian investigative skills, a doomed but noble mission, an amazing ability to rally a motley crew of unlikely allies, and the most interesting inner monologue, within gripping, intricate suspense plots. Karin Slaughter: stellar crime fiction that explores the worst of women's nightmares, with wildly eccentric and prickly characters you fall reluctantly in love with. Denise Mina. I can't even analyze her crime fiction, I get so caught up in the characters and the world she depicts. Stephen King - it goes without saying but I had to say it anyway. Dan Simmons, too.
Knife 2) Has ever something happened in your life that made you think of giving up writing?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] Are you kidding? I think about giving up writing every day! But since you ask, it's been hard to reconnect to writing after the recent death of my father, but it's definitely getting better.
Knife 3) Which compromises did you have to accept for commercial reasons?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] Good grief, I was a screenwriter - every working day was full of compromises. But I wrote my first novel partly because after the Saw series became popular I was being pushed by executives to write torture scenes, and I had to draw the line - I just won't do that. You have much more power as an author, it's been very liberating.
Knife 4) Is it very important to win literary prizes? Does it help to sell?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I don't know that it's important, but it sure helps to remember that you've won prizes when you get those bad Amazon reviews. I do think it helps in terms of selling, but I don't know how much. It's just another thing that might sway someone to try your book, and that's always a good thing.
Knife 5) When you have no ideas for writing, how do you bring down yourself and whom do you phone to?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I don't remember the last time I had no ideas. My problem right now is not having enough time to write all the ideas I have. This is why I go to a lot of book conventions, though - it's great to hang out with other authors and talk about things like this. And interacting with readers always recharges me and keeps me inspired.
Knife 6) What do you think when you read your country's best seller rankings?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I never read them!
7) What do you reproach to American publishing? What are its limits?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I think right now a big problem is that publishers are not being very realistic about e book prices, and to a certain extent some publishers are holding authors hostage with that rigidity about pricing.
Knife 8) How many times have you refused to participate to a no-profit project?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I don't know how many times exactly, but generally I don't write short stories because it's too much work and time for the money involved. Writing is my living, I need to spend my time on what's going to pay the mortgage.
Knife 9) What did you do right after signing major book deal?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] I was in the middle of moving to a new house when I sold my first book, The Harrowing, so I did nothing spectacular; I had to keep moving. When I sold my first screenplay, though, I booked a trip to London and Paris immediately!
Knife 10) Final question: Whom to (or to what) would you throw a knife?
[Alexandra Sokoloff] Most of the Republican presidential candidates.
Alexandra Sokoloff is a California native who grew up in both Northern and Southern California as the daughter of scientist and educator parents, which drove her into musical theater at an early age. She acted, sang, danced and played classical piano through the turbulent tween years, and started directing plays at age sixteen, a year she also lived in Istanbul as an AFS exchange student and began college.
At U.C. Berkeley, she majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for. While not doing - everything else - she wrote, directed, and acted in productions from Shakespeare to street theater; trained in modern dance; directed and choreographed four full-scale musicals; spent a summer singing backup vocals in a bar at Glacier National Park, audited at least three times as many classes in various subjects as she was actually taking, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, which is a miracle considering -well, never mind that. After college she moved to Los Angeles, where she has made an interesting living writing novel adaptations and original suspense and horror scripts for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.
The Harrowing, her debut ghost story, was nominated for both a Bram Stoker award (horror) and an Anthony award (mystery), for Best First Novel. The book is based on real experiences from her high school and college years. The psychological undercurrents of the story are drawn from her experience teaching emotionally disturbed and incarcerated teenagers in the Los Angeles County prison system. Her second novel of dark suspense, The Price, explores troubling questions of what people will do for love, or personal survival, in the eerie setting of a labyrinthine Boston hospital. Her third supernatural thriller, The Unseen, centers on a team of psychology researchers who decide to replicate a long-buried poltergeist investigation, and is based on the real-life ESP experiments and poltergeist studies conducted in the Rhine parapsychology department at Duke University. In her fourth supernatural thriller, Book of Shadows, a Boston homicide detective teams up with a beautiful, mysterious witch from Salem in a race to solve a Satanic killing. Her first paranormal thriller, The Shifters , part two of The Keepers trilogy with bestselling authors Heather Graham and Deborah LeBlanc, and her new edgy supernatural YA thriller, The Space Between, are out now.
In her free time Alexandra enjoys adventure travel and all kinds of dance, which she has also taught, and performs in the all-author Killer Thriller Band, and with Heather Graham's Slush Pile Players. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west, and of the Board of the Mystery Writers of America, and is the founder of WriterAction.com, a large and unruly online community of over 2000 professional screenwriters.
She can be found blogging at Murderati.com and teaching her popular workshop on Screenwriting Tricks for Authors on her own blog, Screenwriting Tricks For Authors. Screenwriting Tricks for Authors is now available as a workbook on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook. Web Site
Buy "The Arrowing" by A. Sokoloff on Amazon