Literary Category: fantasy
Format: Paperback with flaps
Published at: España
Synopsis: The Author of This Book Is a Zombie. Published under the pen name “The Abad Brothers.”
One day the brothers Abad visit an old bazaar in their small seaside town to have its resourceful owner repair a damaged painting for their mother. When they retrieve the canvas a few days later, the man in the painting is obscured by a bizarre scrawl of a furious face. The shop owner says it’s the work of his new assistant but, far from displeased, the brothers are deeply intrigued. They ask to see other works by the mysterious artist, and are enthralled by their unusual subject matter—the cross section of a burial place, an old woman floating upside down in a room, a tall man with a top hat concealed behind a window, and more.
The brothers deem these drawings to be the work of a true artist struggling to tell a story. They urge the owner to take them to the backroom where his assistant works, and meet a large, strange man who stares vacantly at them and at first refuses to talk. With their encouragement he begins to tell, albeit with great difficulty, an almost unbelievable tale. And it starts as it means to go on because his name, he claims, is Robinson Dostoievsky …
The boys record a series of interviews with him to publish them in book form. Soon, they find themselves literally drawn into a terrifying story that confronts childhood’s curiosity with the extraordinary, uncanny events surrounding a treasure hunt ... and rituals of witchcraft.
[Sample chapters in English available upon request.]