Andrea Scarscelli – Blessed Beetles

Malum vincit omnia (Evil wins Everything)

These ten short stories are surreal, grotesque, frightening, and dreadful. Some of them are humoristic too, yet full of that kind of humour that makes your teeth gnash like a chalk screeching across a blackboard. Because most of the human beings portrayed by Andrea Scarscelli are frightful, pure evil or, at least, possessed by a deep feeling of discomfort. In these stories we meet psychologists, people affected by double identity disorders, unpredictable butchers, institutional murderers, variants of the Pact with the Devil myth, bombs and living eggs, headaches, fatal distractions, and much more.
The author’s fantasy is wide and his style, although immature, is effective, with piercing dialogues and accurate descriptions. Despite a disagreeable lack of editing and proofreading, the collection unfolds smoothly, prompting the readers to reflect, and finds its climax in “The Hangman’s Innocence” (“L’innocenza del carnefice”), the best story, where the description of evil is ambiguous enough to let everyone identify themselves with it. A flawless, unforgettable story. A little masterpiece.
Scarscelli is fully aware of the time we are living, and succeeds in representing it with the deepest knowledge.

Translation by Michele Curatolo (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).