Flavius Ardelean (b. 1985, Brasov) is a Romanian writer, translator and publishing professional, an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. He is the author of seven dark and weird fiction books, all written in Romanian. His first novel was nominated for the Best European Debut at the Festival du Premier Roman in Chambery, France, and his first collection won the Vladimir Colin Award 2014 for Best Fantastic Short Story Collection. Flavius was twice nominated for the award of Best Young Writer at the Young Writers Gala in Bucharest for his books of the Miasma cycle. He is also a literary translator of fiction from German and English into Romanian, having translated books by Michael Iwoleit, Caitlin Kiernan, Victoria Schwab, Haylen Beck and Alfred Kubin. Flavius is a graduate of the Oxford International Center for Publishing Studies (Great Britain) with an MA with Distinction awarded for his dissertation on the field of horror publishing in the UK and the USA and holds an MA in Arts Management from the Institute of Arts Management in Ludwigsburg (Germany). He is currently living in Tuscany, Italy, and working in publishing.
The Tamer of Waters is a short novel about the last weeks of a family trapped in a floating house taken by a global flood – an existentialist story about beginning and ends, love and death and the limits of human nature. The novel, now in it’s second edition, won a tiuk! magazine award for first novel and was nominated for the award of Best European Debut at the Festival du Premier Roman in Chambery, France. [Romanian, 2012, 2014, 168 pp.] The Tamer of Waters is an excellent and poetic micronovel about the simulacra of guild and loneliness. An apocalyptic poem. (Romania literara) | A new apocalypse, an old tragedy and another – and thus unique – love story. (Observator cultural)
Acluophobia. Ten Stories of the Macabre is the first collection of short stories published by Flavius Ardelean. Now in its third edition, the volume contains ten stories of literary horror and dark fantasy and was awarded the Vladimir Colin Award for Best Fantastic Short Story Collection in 2014 and a tiuk! magazine award for best collection. [Romanian, 2013, 2014, 2016, 282 pp.] A master of the apocalypse. (Dan C MIhailescu, Omul care aduce cartea) | Flavius Ardelean is an artist of depressive states. (Romania literara)
Bizarofictions is the second short story collection published by Flavius Ardelean, gathering 9 stories of the strange and the horrific. [Romanian, 2014, 176 pp.] An aesthetic object designed in its smallest details to take down borders: between the author and the narrator, between prose and poetry, between literary genres and the one at the crossroad of fiction, journalism and psychoanalysis. (Observator Cultural)
The Nausea of the Saint with Red Rope tells the story of Taush, who looks like an ordinary boy from Gaisterstadt, until one day he starts weaving a red rope from his bellybutton. He is taken as an apprentice to Old Man Silence, where Taush takes part in the mysteries of the World and the unWorld, learns the meaning of true friendship alongside Danko Ferus and Bartholomeus and has a taste of true love in the arms of Katherina. But when a deadly circus from beyond the World destroys everything that he holds dear, Taush and his companions decide to hunt the evil and banish him from the World. In this strange adventure, the first part of the Miasma cycle, Flavius Ardelean introduces bizarre characters of the World and the unWorld and takes us on a journey through places never seen before, in a strange fairy tale about the human nature and what lies beyond it. [Romanian, 2015, 272 pp.] Flavius Ardelean writes about alternative worlds reaching beyond the multiverse; a fable of the grotesque camouflaged in the sublime. (Suplimentul de cultura)
Miasma. A Discourse on the Strength of Materials. The World is not what it seems. Even the unWorlds fears it. Centuries after the disappearance of Saint Tausch, in a world where beginnings are already myths, a priest encounters a mysterious burned figure on the steps of his church. A few months later, the teenage girls of the citadel fall into a deep and dangerous slumber. The medicus Algor Kunrath and the apothecary Alambiq, the priest Sarban and the storyteller Alecu Deleanu, the innocent Lili Bunte and the apprentice Bruno Krabal, The Man with the Head of a Horse and his army of Rat-Men, Half’a’Man with his loyal beggars from the Belly of the Cow – humans and unHumans caught in battle during the last days of the Alrauna citadel. [Romanian, 2016, 432 pp.] A sum of imagination, ideas, narrative virtuosity, intuition of the human nature and, maybe, of a dimension that transcends it – the books of this author escape the domain of the lazy prose, of mainstream conformity. These are the books of an expert in fantasy, or, even better, dark fantasy, but really an expert in fiction, plain and simple. (Observator Cultural) | Miasma is a delight of the visceral of labyrinths on top of labyrinths, one of the most important books for purgatorial characters. More than anything, in Miasma, Flavius Ardelean writes about worlds populated by people addicted to story. (Romania Literara)
Noumenoir. It’s 2085. Romania is divided between those who write literature and those who judge it. In A_nus Dei, a former monastery for nuns transformed into a hotel for exiled writers that have stopped writing, the ex-author Radu Lenea spends his time in the cafes of the building, plagued by insomnia and addicted to drugs distilled from figures to speech. His peace is troubled one night by Lizaveta Markov, one the hotel’s femme fatale, who hands him over a secret manuscript that could radically change the course of history. A captive in the whirlwind of tragedies, caught in the crossfire and haunted by the dreadful Kritikos, gangsters of the Department of Literary Criticism, Radu Lenea decides to take the manuscript out of the hotel, even with the price of his identity. Secret manuscripts, clandestine organizations, chases and murders, sex and the shadow of long lost love are all ingredients of this literary delirium in which nothing is as it seems. [Romanian, 2016, 208 pp.] A manifest. (Observator cultural)
The Blister of the World and of the unWorld. The novel continues the story of the adventures of the three travelers from The Nausea of the Saint with Red Rope, now on different paths but all three with the same destination: Mandragora, the citadel plagued by the Hanged Brothers. Danko Ferus learns the truth about the First Word from the unHumans of the Gate, the Shadowlady breathes life over the buried bones of Bartholomeus and the real Tausch receives a new body from the Searchers of the Key living in the Gnawed Valley. Meanwhile, in the unWorld, the Great Larva stirs and the unHumans prepare for war. [Romanian, 2017, 552 pp.] For Flavius Ardelean, the uncertainty of being between life and death, between World and unWorld – in what are maybe the most beautiful pages on decomposition written in Romania after 1989 – receives its own ideology. (Observator Cultural)
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