Literary thrill seeker? Tired of the same old story? Looking for a truly unique reading experience? Look no further. Reading a novel by Edwin Stark can fulfill your need for satire, novelty and more than a dash of impish humor.
Born in Venezuela to European parents, in his youth Stark dabbled in writing – short stories and screenplays –in his native tongue of Spanish. But a perpetual fascination with the English language and Americans eventually led him to try writing in his second language. Coming from the perspective that a non-native speaker can see better the possibilities a language might have to offer, Stark uses it to his advantage and makes the writing dance.
As the political situation in his home country deteriorated, Stark turned more and more to writing to help him purge and catalyze his frustration and thwarted ambitions into forward movement. The results are intended to tickle the reader’s funny bone before delivering a powerful slap of thought-provoking social commentary.
After suffering the devastating loss of the family business to communism, an event which left Stark marooned on the edge of the rainforest with only a patchy internet, writing became one of Stark’s primary means of connecting with the outside world.
Within the online writing community, he was able to make the acquaintance of several fellow authors from around the world, who supported his writing endeavors. Some became true friends. One in particular, a romance writer named Simone Beaudelaire, passed quickly through the ranks from acquaintance to friend to literary partner. After their collaboration – a shape shifter romance thriller called Xaman – it became clear that Stark and Beaudelaire were soul mates.
A grueling year of brief, bittersweet meetings ensued, punctuated with the endless wrangle for legal documents (almost impossible to obtain in Venezuela without the aid of a monkey who speaks fluent legalese, an rear end that never gets tired no matter how long the bus ride, and the blood of a virgin), long, long request forms to be prepared, and nail-biting anxiety. At last, just after the 2016 New Year, Stark made his way to Texas to marry his sweetheart and embark on a new life.
The writing of Edwin Stark is a roller coaster ride through human emotion. So strap on your seatbelt and enjoy.
Books by Edwin Stark include
Cuentos: a collection of short horror and science fiction stories
Eco Station One: A humorous and satirical tale about Eduardo Sinombre’s life in the jungle on the crew of a mad scientist and his lunatic assistants (Fabulous Paco, Harry the Gorilla, etc.). Add in a bit of old-fashioned jungle adventure and a role-reversing romance, and the stage is set for a story that will make you think, while you laugh yourself silly.
The Karaoke Duo Vs. The Karaoke Zombies: if you like superheroes and satire, hold on tight for a wild ride with Edward ‘Man with the Mike’ and Sheila ‘Fermata Girl’. Can they rid the city of the wackiest bad guys? Will Edward get the girl?
Fermata Girl Vs. the Medallion of Doom: The saga of Edward and Sheila continues – as do most paths to hell – with the best of all possible intentions. How could a birthday present go so horribly wrong?
Xaman (with Simone Beaudelaire): Rather a departure from Stark’s usual tone, his first collaboration with his now-wife. Read the story of a love that spans centuries. A story that inspired a true-life romance.
Darkness Waits: A collection of short, scary tales by Stark and Beaudelaire. Monsters, ghouls, and every bloodsucker in between.
Clayton Chronicles: A pair of classic vampire horror tales with just the right amount of gore and a mystery twist.
Hector’s Tale: The town of Nosfort, Massachusetts has more than its share of things that go bump in the night. Is it really a surprise when the local smart alec gets way more than he bargained for?