Jean Ray
Jean Ray (Jean Ray; real name is Raymond Jean Marie de Kremer (Raymundus Joannes Maria de Kremer); also known by the pseudonym John Flanders) is a Belgian writer born in…

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The tenth planet and other science fiction by Sergei Belyaev at the dawn of the formation of the USSR
Sergei Mikhailovich Belyaev was born in 1883. He became one of the first Soviet science fiction writers, starting to write as early as the 1920s. However, he is far from…

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Ken Macleod Fiction Recipe
Please tell us what the zoological education gave you. What role do you think it played in shaping your worldview? Reading Darwin and studying the theory of evolution have changed…

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Jean Ray

Jean Ray (Jean Ray; real name is Raymond Jean Marie de Kremer (Raymundus Joannes Maria de Kremer); also known by the pseudonym John Flanders) is a Belgian writer born in Ghent.

His official biography is very vague, the writer has put a lot of effort into his life, portraying her facts in romantic tones, and often adding a lot. As a result, a legend arose about a writer who was born in a family of hereditary sailors and went on a sea voyage when he was barely 15 years old; Jean Ray wrote in his autobiography that during his travels lasting more than 20 years (with a 2-year break to study at the university), he sailed hundreds of thousands of kilometers from the Caribbean islands to Carpentaria Bay off the coast of Australia, smuggled whiskey and became almost the last pirate of the twentieth century … In fact, he comes from a family of land officials, and all his personal marine experience is limited to conversations with tipsy sailors in port taverns. More recently, it was found that in 1927, Jean Ray was sentenced to 6 years for some kind of dark financial fraud, but spent only two years in prison.

The first publications of Jean Ray were published already in 1908 – these are short stories, poems, an operetta libretto Continue reading

Gustav Meyrink

Gustav Meyrink, the illegitimate son of Maria Wilhelmina Adelheid Mayer and Minister of State Karl Freiherr von Farnvuhler, was born on January 19, 1868 in Vienna. His mother was an actress and therefore traveled a lot with the theater. Childhood and youth Meyrinka were in constant trips. He studied in gymnasiums – alternately in Munich, Hamburg and Prague. Literary scholars and biographers Meyrinka believe that the writer’s mother treated her son rather coldly, and the boy was deprived of maternal warmth in childhood. Some believe that this is why the writer later succeeded in vampiric and demonic female characters and positive figures came out rather flat. In 1888, Meyrink graduated from the Academy of Commerce in Prague. After that, he founded, with the nephew of the poet Christian Morgenstern, the trading bank Mayer and Morgenstern, which for some time functioned quite successfully.

Engaged in banking activities not very diligently, Meyrink led a high life in Prague. Once he even fought a duel with some officer because of an inappropriate and offensive hint of illegitimate birth.

In 1892, Meyrink married Edwig Maria Zertl – but rather quickly became disillusioned with this marriage and did not Continue reading

Gerald Berthot(Thomas Owen)

A Belgian writer, art historian and journalist whose real name is Gerald Berthot.

Born in Flanders, in Louvain, in the family of lawyer Arthur Bertot, who taught at the city college, and Elizabeth Jeanne Schuermans (d’Elisabeth Jeanne Schuermans). He was the oldest child in a family of three children. He receives secondary education in Brussels at the Saint-Michel school, where he publishes small articles in the school journal “Youth” (La jeunesse). At seventeen, he met with Jean Ray (Jean Ray, 1887-1964), and this meeting (according to Owen) determined his whole future life. In 1928 he enrolled in the first year of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Institute of Saint-Louis (Universitaires Saint-Louis), then until 1932 he studied law at the University of Louvain, where in 1930 he founded the literary journal “University Word” (La Parole universitaire; this publication, under his leadership, and then his brother, lasted another ten years). In 1933, at the University of l’Université Catholique de Louvain, he received a doctorate in law and married Juliette Ardies and left the bar (in 1936 and 1939 they had two children). Then, thanks to his friendship with the director of the daily newspaper “XX Century” William Hughes, he, under the pseudonym Stefan Rey (Stéphane Rey), begins to publish art articles on surrealism. And under his own name, he publishes political Continue reading

Stanislav Lem
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Kir Bulychev
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