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Onirikk – Volume 1: the last of the Saïwa

The Story Of Onirikk

Norval Séguin, 15, would like to find a solution to get his father out of the catatonic state in which he is plunged for many years. During a visit to the hospital, Norval meets an eccentric woman, Magdalena, who tells him that his father is a prisoner in the World of Dreams, Onirikk, and that he alone can deliver him from there and save him from his lethargy, But … will he come alive from the territories of Nightmares?

As the last Saïwa, he is the only one who can undertake this epic and perilous adventure!

About The Author

Born on July 30, 1970 in Montreal and graduated from the National School of Humor in 1997, Patrick now teaches there Creativity and Humorous Writing since 10 years. He collaborated with the texts for the shows of the humorist-storyteller Boucar Diouf “L’Africassé-e” and “Pour une raison X ou Y”.

He has been a writer for the program “On Connaît la chanson” at TVA and “Mort de rire” at Vrak TV. He has participated, as a humorist, in galas as much to “Juste Pour Rire” (“Just For Laughs”) as for the “CommediHA!” And the “Comédie Club”. Most recently, he coached people aged 65 to 90 years for the humor show “Les retraités en spectacle”.

He is the inventor of Speed ​​Creating. A creative group technique to optimize ideas and projects. Inspired directly from speed dating, this technique of creativity is adapted to the contemporary way of life: pleasure and speed. The method of speed creating is therefore based on the first ideas that arise, without intellectualizing the whole, and moved by a concern for speed and maximum efficiency.

Patrick Tremblay regularly teaches companies on corporate creativity and his lecture, “L’humour comme associé” (wich means “Humor as a Partner”). He is the inventor of Cré-O-Nirik: a non-competitive, interactive and collaborative teaching card game that stimulates imagination and creativity.

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The Interview of Morgyane Kiinzah

Today we make a Zoom on Morgyane Kiinzah, author of Engrenages (Gears), published by Lysons since February 15, 2017.

She lent herself to the game of 7 questions we asked her so that you can know her more!

1 / How did you get the idea to write Gears and why?

Gears is the fruit of a promise made, it is the respect of a given word. I have traveled a lot and I have also had several meetings but there are some meetings that are jostling your whole existence and Gears was born in this way.

God does not do anything at random as it is said: he has therefore put on my way beautiful people at the right time, and since: Engrenages is slowly but surely following his destiny.

2 / What is true and what is romanticized in Gears?

Gears is a chain of events, a link that links the heroine to all the other girls in the novel and they can not be dissociated.
Everything is true, every event related is real to one difference: I deliberately chose to write the end as I wrote it in order to draw the alarm bell on these anonymous dramas. Domestic violence is becoming more frequent; they continue to grow with their share of tragedies. Clandestine immigration: we talk about it all the time, but we never speak, if not very rarely, of its undercurrents, its tragedies that live foreign people in an irregular situation.

3 / To write to you, it is …

to exist, to hope is to heal evils, to live.

4 / What do you have in common with the heroine of your novel, Kafue?

(Laughs …)

We may think that we are naive, but we have just a heart and soul of a child. We know how to see the good side in every being that destiny puts on our way.
We are persistent and determined and can rise when we fall. We do not make failure a weakness but a weapon that forges us and rebuilds us.

5 / If you could stop one or more gears other than those described in your novel, what would they be?

I would like to answer this question but it would announce immediately and in a rather hasty way the colors of my next novel.
Will we discuss it again? Promised!
(Laughs …)

6 / You have made a career in music, if you were to attribute a musical genre to Gears, what would it be and why?

I wrote a song that bears the name of the heroine of Gears: “Kafue.”
Everything started from there, in reality. Before writing Engrenages, I thought of denouncing these plagues in song. And it is rather soft and calm, transposed in a contemporary way, as I like. Gears would thus be in the image of ” Timbuktu Fasso ” of Fatoumata Diawara.

7 / In life, what are the three things that matter most to you?

I give a great respect and a place of choice to the Divine Creator.
It is quite personal, but often incomprehensible to some of my relationship with this Supreme Goodness. But for me and my family members: she does great things.
If I must therefore cite three “things” which are dear to my heart, I will say:
  • God,
  • The family,
  • The friends.
Thank you all.
Thank you for your support.

Interview carried out on August 14, 2017 by Leandro De Carvalho for Lysons éditions. Thanks to Morgyane Kiinzah for answering our questions!

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[Zoom] on the novel

Zoom on the novel

Even the most reluctant to read one day had a novel in his hands. Whether it is because of a reading imposed by the school or any other occasion. Indeed, the novel is the most widely read genre in France. But, what exactly is a novel?

It is a literary genre, characterized by a fictional narrative, and which has multiple subgenres (fantasy, detective, science fiction …).

Origins of the novel

The term “novel” (Latin vulgar) means a Romanic translation of a text written in Latin. French literature born of the Strasbourg Oath, first text written in “novel”. This pact (of legal value) between the grandsons of Charlemagne was written in 842. Before that date, all the texts were written in Latin.

In the Middle Ages, in the twelfth century, the novel was written in verse. He thus evokes, through stories fabulous and close to the epic, the questions that concern most people at the time. In the 13th century, the worms became proses in the adventures of Lancelot du Lac. From this point on, the novel genre really develops.

The novel knows its hours of glory since the nineteenth century, whether historical, adventure, science fiction …

“Reading a novel throws light on life.” (Louis Aragon)

See you soon for a new “Zoom on …”

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Nayra – Volume 1: Dark Magic, by Maud Wlek

The Story of Nayra

Lana Wolski, a seventeen-year-old French girl, lives a rather solitary life in the beautiful town of Montauban since her mother’s death six months ago. Yet his life will be upset in many ways when his father is offered a job opportunity that he can not refuse, leaving his children Tom, Lana and Joy the opportunity to come with him or not. Lana will choose to follow her father and brother to Williamstown, a small village in Massachusetts, United States.

From then on, her life will change completely. Indeed, she will soon be able to integrate and have friends, putting with ease in the skin of a typical American high school student. However, strange and supernatural events are going to confront it with a reality that it did not expect at all.

And who is this mysterious girl with the blazing hair that haunts her nights? Are ties of blood the basis of everything?

About the Author

MAUD WLEK

Maud Wlek, born on 28 November 1988 in Valence, is an unconditional of reading and militates for the animal cause. Very influenced by the artistic milieu and particularly by the Harry Potter saga, which she particularly enjoys since her childhood, writing has become a real passion for her since she gave birth to Nayra in June 2013, her first fantastic saga. In January 2015, Maud Wlek signed a first contract in a publishing house where the four volumes of his saga were published. The author then began writing new projects, her short story entitled “Le Yūrei” will be selected in December 2016 to be included in the official anthology of the Japan Impact 2017. Hoisted by the support of its faithful readers and strong curriculum Maud Wlek aspires to transmit a beautiful message of hope and encouragement to the future writers of his generation and future generations through his works:

“When you have a dream, a passion: nothing is impossible! “

The young author, full of talent and human qualities, shows us with Nayra that she not only has a beautiful universe filled with imagination, but also a sensitivity to skin that knows how to touch the hearts of its readers! It also undertakes to return part of its revenues generated by the sales of its saga Nayra to the Endo France association that fights endometriosis as well as the SPA. Maud Wlek is the image of her heroine: courageous, generous, benevolent and captivating!

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Gears, by Morgyane Kiinzah [Beninese Literature]

The story of Kafue

Gears tells the story of Kafue. Do we really have to take our destiny into our hands, when this one seems to have escaped us? Are there only happy chances? How can we keep the reason when love knocks at the door of our hearts? How do we manage to lower our guard, to forget so quickly our convictions, our feline instinct and the strength that characterize us, when we fall in love?

Is Africa only that rickety child, described by many, that only the nourishing hand of Europe can cure?

All the answers to these many questions in Gears: a black novel inspired by real facts that retraces the journey of an African youth, very fascinated by the lights of Europe. In her quest for romance, Kafue, a beautiful young Beninese full of dreams and elves sees her life rocking after a meeting she believed idyllic.

About the Author

Morgyane Kiinzah

(Diane Morgyane Fadonougbo)

Morgyane Kiinzah, born on May 26, 1985 in Porto-Novo, Benin, was born in Porto-Novo in the Republic of Benin. He graduated from the University of Abomey-Calavi with a BA in literature before pursuing a postgraduate degree in Linguistics and Communication. She quickly began an artistic career in music; she released her first title in 2008, entitled “Pearl of Ebony”, a hymn to the African woman. The following year, she continued with her first album called Noudehouenou, comprising eleven musical tracks. Morgyane Kiinzah met a real success; his album is rewarded by no less than twelve national and international trophies. In 2012, his second album was born under the title of Zaakin.

She is very concerned about the future of her loved ones and her colleagues living in Africa, partly because of the tragedies linked to immigration. The author aspires to raise awareness of the risks and dangers faced by those who are enrolled in unscrupulous systems. She acknowledges her commitment by writing her first book: Gears.

An emotional shock book written like a cry of alarm, as a deep desire to protect humanity from the dreams that it is better sometimes to abort if these imply to leave there its freedom, even its life.

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[Zoom] Focus on the hero in literature

Today, we meet for a new series of articles: “Zoom on…”. Regularly, “Zoom on…” will make a quick point on a topic related to literature. And I decided to start with the one who carries the novel throughout the chapters: the hero.

The hero or the “super” hero

The hero – as we understand him today – is a human or supernatural person, showing courage and self-denial. He is distinguished from the ancient hero, whose etymological definition describes him as a demigod.

It is mainly from the nineteenth century that the hero became more realistic.

Indeed, he no longer possesses the nobility or the glorious side of ancient and medieval heroes. On the contrary, his journey, full of feelings, could be that of the reader. It is in this that it is appreciated. It is realistic, even ordinary.

Through its history, it is easy to identify with him, according to its progress, its reflections, its doubts.

Depending on the genre of the novel, the hero will embody our desire for exploration, social ascension or will be subjected to the throes of passion.

Finally,

The hero in literature unconsciously awakens the one who is dormant in us.

It’s never too late to let him express himself, and who knows, you could one day be the one who gave inspiration to an author who, in turn, breathed life into a hero through Literature !

See you soon for a new “Zoom“!

Article written by Maud Wlek, author of Nayra.

Jack Kerouac, on his breton road…

An Icon Of American Literature

Jack Kerouac. The first time I saw the name of this writer I knew nothing about him, it was a few years ago in the memoirs of a famous Montana author. He was referring to Jack Kerouac as an icon of American literature, and I was surprised that a family name with such Breton resonance could associate with America.

A few days later I was in my hands. On the road, the Beat Generation’s leading book, realizing with enthusiasm that I had just found the kind of literature I had been waiting for. Long descriptions of landscapes, a style of spontaneous writing mixed with great lyricism where travel also rhymes with melancholy. The fact that this icon of literature is as Breton, as I am, being the icing on the cake.

He is considered one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. His style of writing has inspired American singers Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

On the road, his most famous novel is an ode to the great outdoors, to the epic adventure towards the west, and to the discovery of new worlds.

The Truth About Its Origins

Breton origins that the writer has long sought to understand and document throughout his life in particular in 1965 where, a few years before his death, he visited the city of BREST after having found in the National Archives of thin information about his ancestor Maurice -Louis Le Bris de Kervoac. Information that unfortunately will not suffice to shed light on its history.

The surname of his ancestor is actually Urbain-François Le Bihan de Kervoac.

Son of notaries from Huelgoat, who, targeted by justice for charges of thefts, decides to go into exile in Quebec. An ancestor who, to protect himself from justice, will constantly hide his true identity, thus preventing the writer from pinpointing his genealogy.

His demons and successes

In 1946, his father died and took refuge in books. His writings became increasingly autobiographical and he worked frantically on the tapestry of On the Road, from his numerous notebooks of preparatory notes. This “introspective writing leads him to wonder about the foundations of his evil of life” and Kerouac realizes that he has “a subconscious desire to fail, a kind of wish of death. “

Having problems with alcohol and drugs, during 10 years his writings will be refused by the publishing houses. His income became very low and his addiction to alcohol and amphetamines reached a climax. He plans to stop writing several times, in vain.

In 1955, in San Francisco, Kerouac made an important encounter: Gary Snyder, an enthusiast of hiking and Japanese philosophy. The two men, accompanied by a bookseller, John Montgomery, make an expedition at an altitude of 3600 meters to the peak of Matterhorn. Kerouac is introduced to meditation and haiku, short Japanese poems that evoke a feeling, a situation, an atmosphere. The encounter with himself and with the simplicity, the absence of excesses and drugs or alcohol makes Kerouac decide to begin a “new life”.

2 years later, his novel On the Road is published and the success is immediate. According to the poet Kenneth Rexroth, he is even “the most famous author in America.

At the end of his life, covered with debts, Urbain-Francois Le Bihan of Kervoac died leaving a wife and three children who fathered the descendants of Jack Kerouac among them Jean Baptiste Kerouac, French-Canadian grandfather of Jack Kerouac who emigrates In the USA, thus making his grandson the most Breton American writers.

In 2012, the Brazilian film-event Walter Salles, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, is presented in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the first exhibition in France of the original text of the mythical On The Road. Reclus of the world and without a penny, but with an archive that will be valued at more than 10 million euros …

In spite of his demons and though he died prematurely due to his excesses, Jack Kerouac brilliantly succeeded in impressing minds by his genius and inspiring positively many people on his way, beyond the origins and the borders…

Article written by Jude Castel, author of destination and wandering.

The Voynich manuscript: a very mysterious book

Voynich’s manuscript: I have always been fascinated by this enigma. Being an unconditional fan of the fantastic and the mysterious, it could not be otherwise. This manuscript is a secret all by itself, pages after pages, jealously guarding the smallest piece of truth. Lara Croft and Sydney Fox would gladly pull it off, trying to uncover its true story – Indiana Jones, seeming to have already done it…

How can a simple block of leaves, connected together, arouse so much wonder and mystery at the same time?

After all, it’s just a book! Yes, but precisely:

What is this book? Its goal ? When was it written? Who is the author ?

Even today, all these questions remain in suspense, lost between mysticism and more down-to-earth theories. However, despite these many assumptions, all doubts remain allowed. That is what fascinates so much.

The discovery of the manuscript

The manuscript bears the name of the man who discovered it in 1912, near Rome, in a Roman religious congregation: Wilfrid M. Voynich. Composed of 234 pages, this book is made of vellum (dead-calf skin, worked in parchment). It would seem, according to pagination, that the work is missing 13 folios. Presumably, the latter were already missing when Voynich acquired the manuscript. Written in a totally unknown language, the book contains many illustrations, mainly plants, unidentifiable.

A carbon-14 analysis showed that it was manufactured between 1404 and 1438. Apart from what we know from our technologies, the manuscript only appeared in history in 1665. In fact, a letter dated from this time, Jan Marek Marci (scientist and philosopher) indicates that the book was bought by Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire (Prince of the House of Austria – great royal family). According to a correspondence study, the oldest owner of this book was Georg Baresch, an alchemist living in Prague in the 17th century. According to the hypothesis advanced, the manuscript will be held by the Roman College between 1648 and 1912.

The only signs reflecting the antiquity of the Voynich manuscript – the text remains incomprehensible – can be found in the illustrations, more specifically in the dresses and headdresses of the characters, as well as in the two castles that appear. These elements are characteristic of the European style, between 1450 and 1520. Although these illustrations remain mysterious, they were classified by researchers into six sections:

  • Herbarium;
  • Astronomy;
  • Biology;
  • Cosmology;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Recipes.

Even the American cryptologist William Friedman, known for having successfully deciphered the code used by the Japanese army during the Second World War, failed in his attempt to understand Voynich’s manuscript.

The main theories

The Voynich manuscript would be an encyclopedic work listing therapeutic plants, as well as substances of animal and mineral origin.

Some hypotheses suggest that it would be a medieval recipe to create the philosopher’s stone.

In 1970, a cryptographer of the US Navy said that the book had been written by several authors. This conclusion has recently been challenged by a writing expert.

Many authors have been attributed to this book, some of which have been discarded recently thanks to carbon-14 dating, others by the results of research – and for some, the mystery remains: Roger Bacon (author dismissed but long evoked John Dee, Edward Kelley, Anthony Ascham, Jacobus Sinapius, Jan Marci, Raphael Mnishovsky, Wilfrid Voynich (also dismissed by correspondence dated 1639).

An undecodable manuscript

The manuscript would be written in a European language, intentionally hidden by letter-coding.

Words would be encoded so that they can be found using a dictionary or an encryption table.

Much of the text would make no sense, hiding information in unnoticed details.

The language used would be invented from scratch.

The linguist Jacques Guy suggested that the manuscript used an exotic natural language, written with an invented alphabet. This theory would be the most coherent, and historically plausible.

The manuscript would come from Mexico and not from Europe, some plants appearing to resemble Mesoamerican species.

Many people think that this manuscript is purely an imposture. However, this hypothesis has been ruled out by all the studies carried out on the book.

The very fragile Voynich manuscript aroused so much curiosity in the world that the Beinecke Library where it was preserved (Yale University, United States) decided to cede – to a secret amount – the reproduction rights to a house Of Spanish edition, specializing in the publication of ancient manuscript facsimiles. Thus, 898 replicas will be produced, for a price of 7000 to 8000 euros each. For the manufacture of the first facsimile, the process will take no less than eighteen months.
Skeptics and more convinced must all admit a fact: the Voynich manuscript contains many mysteries. For to the questions “who?”, “when?”, “where?”, “why?”, no one can answer with absolute certainty.

And you, are you subjugated by the secrets that hide this old work? What are your theories?

Article written by Maud Wlek (Author of Nayra).

Did the vampires really exist?

Vampires are emblematic figures that form an integral part of our culture. These are mythological creatures entered into legend since the dawn of time… Discover their origins and where to find them through this exciting article! Did the vampires really exist?

It’s S-P DECROIX that tells you better about it…

Hello girls, boys and marmosets!

What? There are no boys among you? Ah! Ah! I know, I know, not even funny! Alexia told me I was funny. It’s really nice of you Alexia, but my sense of humor is to see again. So, from today, I will call you “marmosets“.

So, after my article on the dragons I asked myself: “But what am I going to tell them to marmosets next time? “Ah! If you knew all that crosses my mind, you would take your legs to your necks! In short, let’s go back to our monsters and various creatures.

“What’s she going to talk the lady?”

(OK the sentence is super null, but hey, you will have to do with!)

After jargoning about the “dragon”, I decided to talk to you about “creatures of the night”, but which one? No! Not John Travolta! So? You found ? Yes? No?

The Vampires!

Origins

Yes, with their pointed teeth and their pronounced taste for blood, vampires are the creatures of the night par excellence! The origins of this legendary creature are found in ancient myths and diverse throughout the world, but become popular mainly on the European continent.

“Vampire” comes from the German “Vampir”, which comes from the Hungarian “vámpir”, which in most Slavic languages is a word designating a bat.

The vampire is part of the great “ghost” family. According to the different folklore and the most common superstition, this undead man feeds on the blood of the living to derive his life force. Its victims die of having been emptied of their blood or they undergo certain conditions (blood exchange, placing underground with its “genitor” are some of the best-known examples), in vampires, but only after their death: “they die and live again!”

It is Arnold Paole, a Serb, who was the first to be called “vampire” in the eighteenth century.

You may think that it is the one that everyone calls “Dracula” who was the first vampire, but not… Vlad III Basarab, of his real name, knows indeed an important celebrity during his lifetime: the merchants Saxons of Transylvania and the king of Hungary, Matthias Corvin, make him a cruel ruler who impales his enemies, which earned him nicknames such as “The Impaler” or “Drăculea” (“son of the devil” or “son of the dragon”). Inspired by the nickname of Vlad III Basarab, the figure of the Count of Dracula was invented by Bram Stocker for his novel in 1897, which is why Vlad III Basarab is now assimilated to a vampire but he wasn’t one!

The contemporary myth of the vampire would be a sort of “superposition” of several other supernatural creatures from various European folklore, especially Slavic. Some authors have enumerated precursors: spirits, demons, or ghosts in turn, possessed or not (incomplete list): the “visitor”, the “hungry”, the “nightmare”, the “strangler”, the “chewer” (well yes, they chew us gently the neck with their small pointed canines… ok… really must I stop!) And finally the returning to animal form (Bat? Hum … no comment).

Characteristics of Vampires

This undead creature is universally known to feed on the blood of the living as soon as night falls, for, as I said before, to take their vital force and remain immortal! In fact, this is not entirely accurate, as it is for the Vampire to no longer be subject to old age. Other elements of folklore are well entrenched in our minds: the coffin in which he takes refuge during the day to rest and the cemetery: “let’s go home!” (Honestly each his “trip”, me personally, the cemeteries at night, it’s not my trip…).

In many legends, the vampire also feeds on human excrements and flesh, including his own: it is the automation that includes not only his flesh but also his clothes (if you had just eaten, excuse). This detail seems to be verified by old records of stories of shrouds found chewed. (I warned you: Vampires love to chew on).

Of course, what also characterizes the Vampire is his legendary pair of … what? From sharp canines! (Stop having ideas misplaced!) The clothing appearance, it would have been built in the cinematographic and theatrical folklore, in particular his famous cloak.

Some mystical powers are also given to him:

He hypnotizes his victims, seduces them, reads in thoughts, changes into mist, bat, sometimes in wolf or, according to legends, he controls them.

It is also this particular link with the wolf that makes that generally when one thinks of the Vampire, we often associate the Werewolf.

It seems that killing a “master vampire” or a “vampire-genitor” frees those he has transformed or sometimes his children die with him.

The Vampire if he becomes more powerful, fast, and resistant with age, would be “indisposed” by the smell of garlic, wild rose or hawthorn. Some objects would be able to repel it: the mythical crucifix, the rosary, the holy water and the mirror (since it cannot be reflected in it). He cannot walk on consecrated soils (Church, etc.). The legend also says that a Vampire cannot enter a house without being invited.

Bram Stoker’s work, Dracula, was first published in 1897 and is still popular today.

As the Vampire is an undead, he is already dead! So to kill him, it was necessary to rack one’s brains! (Ah, Ah!) Of course, decapitation is the most effective way to eliminate it, followed by a stake in the heart, a nail in the head (definitely) or a cremation in good form!

References to the Vampire

(Incomplete lists, you understand that they are too long…)


Literature:

  • Dracula by Bram Stocker.
  • The Vampyre by John Stagg
  • The Vampire by John William Polidori
  • The Vourdalak Family (published in Tolstoy’s Stories of the Living Dead)
  • History of the Pale Lady, novel by Alexandre Dumas (1849).
  • The Knight of Darkness by Paul Féval (1860)
  • Lokis of Prosper Mérimée.
  • The Horla (in its first version) by Guy de Maupassant
  • The Parasite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Vampire Chronicles, Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice

Movies:

  • Nosferatu the vampire by Friedrich Murnau, in 1922
  • Vampyr, or the strange adventure of David Gray in 1932
  • The Dracula Nightmare, by Terence Fisher in 1958.
  • Polanski’s Ball of the Vampires in 1967 (parody)
  • Tony Scott’s Predators in 1983
  • Vampire, did you say vampire ? Tom Holland in 1985 and Tommy
  • Lee Wallace in 1988 Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992
  • Interview with a vampire by Neil Jordan in 1994
  • Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night in 2011.

Cinematographic and television series:

  • The Blade Saga
  • The Underworld Saga
  • The Twilight Saga
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Angel
  • Vampires Diaries
  • Supernatural (Ahhhhhh the best series in my senses, which has many other creatures!)
  • True Blood
  • Being Human
  • The Clan of the Damned
  • The Originals (I love it!)

Mangas / Comics:

  • Vampire Hunter D (manga)
  • Vampire Princess Miyu (manga)
  • Vampire Knight (manga)
  • Hellsing (manga)
  • Requiem, Chevalier Vampire (BD)
  • The Prince of the Night (BD)
  • 30 days of night (comics)

Video Games:

  • Castlevania (since 1986),
  • Legacy of Kain (since 1996)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in 1993.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Dracula: Resurrection, Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary, Dracula 3: The Way of the Dragon
  • The Masquerade (roleplaying)
  • Dracula’s Fury (board game).

We may never really know if the vampires existed as they are described to us, but is there smoke without fire? One thing is certain: those who inspired these creatures did indeed exist, but they undoubtedly renounced their immortality in order to rest in peace! Their legend, in any case, it, continues to persist in time… for eternity!

Article written by S-P DECROIX.

Is a writer what he writes?

I am what I write.

Is the writer really what he writes? It is a phrase I like to affirm and to which many writers could identify… or not!

Indeed, when this sentence was read, at first sight, one could say that there is something to be afraid when one reads certain writers! For, not everyone writes romance novels or heroic and epic adventures! What is the part of truth and invention in a novel, a book? Where is the essence of the author who completed his work? Is a book just an exercise in style? What does he really reveal about his author and about us? Let’s look at these different points together, and it is a writer who speaks to you! This new approach to writing could well change your look at reading …
Are you sure you keep reading what follows?

All right…

A truth disguised or highlighted

What is true and what is false in what a writer can write? The writer is known to know perfectly how to speak Molière’s language, letters and rhetoric, so it is perfectly legitimate to ask himself whether he is authentic and whether everything he writes reflects the truth or Is a pure exercise in style and imagination?

Although the writer has a great deal of knowledge and verb, he is skilled at expressing in writing what he may not be able to say or reveal by word of mouth. Others, on the other hand, excel in both writing and speaking, but what matters is that he has things to say and a message to convey.

If some writers manage to communicate a clear and clear message, for others it is very difficult to understand at first reading what they meant! However, can he write about subjects that he does not know or feel intimately? Can he actually put words on what he has never experienced personally? Of course, you would tell me immediately! And I will say no. And I explain myself!

When a writer undertakes the writing of a fiction, it has a whole work of observation, investigation and understanding before approaching a subject that is particularly close to his heart. This is a crucial step for the credibility of a universe and the atmosphere it must generate. The illusion must be perfect! This is what makes a work appreciated by the reader: its striking realism, as if we were immersed in the heart of the story and we felt exactly the emotions of the characters; We are not only readers but actors of history; We identify with certain characters, we empathize with them, history makes us live emotions and opens us to understanding.

Everything we feel at the moment of our reading is closely related to the emotions that we could live in real situations! The same goes for the writer when he immortalizes his emotions on paper. As incredible as it may be: everything written by an authentic writer is deeply felt, at different scales certainly, but he cannot share a feeling or an event that would not first have reached his mind in some way ! In this he consciously or unconsciously associates a fictitious or semi-fictitious event with a memory or an emotion that he himself would have lived in his own life. As a film actor imbues himself with his own emotions to embody a character on the screen and give the impression of a perfect illusion, the writer must necessarily soak up his personal history to bring into the world a universe that will be authentic, not by its form, but by the depth with which the writer has chosen the right words to immerse us in the reality he has created in all sincerity. He can not give what he does not have intrinsically.

What is true in any writer’s work is the authenticity with which he shares his emotions. He does not need to have literally experienced what his story tells, but by writing it he transposes his feelings and feels them strongly about the present moment, along with the reader. Exactly as in a film, with an infinite richness of details and an unparalleled freedom of imagination! And that’s what makes the magic of writing! The reader fully appropriates history, transposing its own psychic projections onto those already transcribed. Thus, the reader puts familiar faces on characters that are agreeable to him and unpleasant faces on those who displease him, all this is done in an unconscious way, but actively participates in the pluridimensional character of the work!

A book is always born a second time in the mind of the reader. And it will be like this eternally, is not it magnificent?

A book does not just read, it lives! Although everything is not “real” (in our physical dimension) and the result of the fruit of the imagination, the materialization of its universe resulting from the psyche by words makes it real in the dimension of our imaginary and palpable even in our regions !

Beyond Words…

The authenticity, the very essence of the author, what is deep within himself, often hides between the lines! We might even assert the following phrases, as I myself maintain:

Tell me what you write, I’ll tell you who you are. Tell me what you like to read, I will tell you what you aspire to!

For me, writing transcends speech.

Why?

The writing style of the writer is very revealing of his personality; He does not need to speak, his writing does it in his place. Through it, an infinite amount of information is communicated to us voluntarily or not. Indeed, the way in which one word is used rather than another, to use one phrase rather than another, and to assemble the sentences to one another, reflects the author’s way of handling the verb; Perhaps with simplicity, subtlety, on a mystic wat, meticulousness, intellectuality or complexity. He can not express himself otherwise than what he can not be himself! It seems so obvious. Even if he decides to use terms that he would not normally use in everyday life or to create a pastiche or a parody, if he does it is because he has everything to Makes the abilities and it is a facet of himself that he prefers to turn into derision!

The writer is not fixed to a single register, just as man keeps evolving over time, he also evolves through his writings and the events he lives. The most important, and the most revealing, about himself is the message he has to convey to us.

Why did he write his work and what did he want to tell us through it?

It is no coincidence that we like to study or comment on texts in literature; to raise the veil or to try to understand what a writer does not express in his writings is the essence of the writer. The essence of the writer is both in what he tells us and what he does not tell us! What he tells us and what he keeps silent about is extremely important and meaningful! The ideas he shares have reached him and found refuge in him, feeling a need or a duty to transpose them black and white, to make us share. And if they have found in him a hand disposed to be at their service, it is because at bottom his heart has been sensitive, touched, aligned with the same vibration as this idea or felt the need to transpose them. This can not be the result of chance and it is in this that a reading is exciting and could be the subject of a thorough psychoanalytic study! We read what is said and both we reflect on what is implied and not explicitly stated. There lies the genius of a work. Every book has an important message and often offers us answers to the questions we posed consciously or unconsciously through the verb of an author who expresses for us what we needed to hear to unlock a personal situation Or orient us towards the right choice, the right attitude to adopt in a decision that we would have to take…

Each book speaks to us and reveals to us, just as every written line is the materialization of the vibratory wave emanated by the writer himself at the moment when he writes it. That’s the magic of writing! And it is doubtless this authenticity, this spontaneity that makes the pleasure of reading perpetuates through the centuries and propels authors to a resounding success, succeeding in vibrating with the same intensity that at the time of their writing of the millions of readers around the world!

What does a book tell us about its author and about ourselves?

Books are rich in meaning. This is what makes every work an immeasurable treasure. A book has several readings and as many possible interpretations as human beings on Earth! An authentic writer is necessarily open-hearted! What does a book about its author reveal? And about ourselves?

Only he holds the key to all the mysteries that reign over him, but he can not hand it over to others, for he is the guardian of his psychic and social stability. Its secret garden allows it to make it bloom more beautiful to the delight of those who will want to venture there by reading his books and what he will tell us…

Each book has a soul. A book is a heart that beats. A book is love materialized by writing.

A book is a part of oneself that one finds. It is an inestimable gift that writers offer us in the writing of their work when they are procured, for they not only give themselves up, but deliver us from our preoccupations to bring us back to ourselves and to one of the shortest paths to love: empathy.

The real question to ask is, how far do we want to go in the author’s intimacy and how far are we ready to plunge deep within ourselves?

Writing is an act of love, issued without expecting anything in return. Reading is the best act we can do to continue to spread love and bring us closer to our essence. There are secrets they will probably never reveal to us, but if we keep our eyes open, we could perfectly read between the lines and find out what the book has to say…

Each reading is a prelude to a revelation.

What if the reader was also what he read? There is also reason to reflect on the question! In the meantime, take care of your readings and keep your mind open to the messages a book wants to communicate to you! A book never falls into our hands by chance…

Article written by Leandro De Carvalho, author of Living In Harmony.