PDB: Can you pitch Fino alla fine del mondo (Until the End Of The World) in 25 words or less?
The second part of a noir trilogy about Italian police officers, corrupt secret agents and politicians, cold blooded mobsters and Italy’s mysterious past.
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
Noir: Thrillers, books or films, it’s all the same to me.
The Millenium Trilogy with Noomi Rapace is a must but I also like the Fincher version with Rooney Mara.
I like retro TV series like The Prisoner, Doctor Who and Hill Street Blues as well as modern serials such as Torchwood, The Killing, Top Of The Lake, Law&Order SVU, Fast Forward, Braquo (French police procedural created by director Olivier Marchal), Lip Service, The Good Wife, The Wire and The Newsroom.
I listen to Sixties English progressive rock such as Pink Floyd and Genesis, and also some others like The Who, Cream, Jethro Tull, Dylan, The Clash, Procol Harum.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
Sometimes yes, sometimes not…
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
Absolutely. I would also like to write comic books, mainstream or not.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
Months, maybe years. I go deeply into every part of my interest and I spend hours with books, essays, Internet, public library. It’s a full immersion.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
To create a network of the same interests or maybe to talk about publishing problems, I search for professional writers or amateurs like me. Facebook and Twitter are fundamental instrument.
PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?
Co-plotting and writing a 4 issue super-hero miniseries for an Italian indie publisher, and the development of some other projects in comicdom with the Italian comic books artist Pino Rinaldi. And to complete the third tome of my noir trilogy…
Bio: Mario Uccella (Naples, 1964), worked with Pino Di Genua and Domenico Cammarota as founding editors of the magazines for comic book fans, “Flex” and ” Elektra Magazine,” edited by Tornado Press Marano di Napoli.Wrote two books dedicated to the phenomenon of the X-Men.
His love for comic books has led to the rebirth of the Italian superhero Radar, already tested by Daniele Brolli with his “Cyborg ” magazine in the nineties.
He is a founding member of the School of Political Education “Antonino Caponnetto” (www.scuolacaponnetto.it) led by Nando dalla Chiesa (www.nandodallachiesa.it), sociologist and writer and honorary president of the “Libera” organization created by Don Luigi Ciotti.
He has written and published two thriller books: “Il tempo è dileguato” (Cerebro Publishing) and “Fino alla fine del mondo” (forthcoming always by Cerebro Publishing), the first two chapters of an ideal trilogy dedicated to the exploits of Emanuele Mannino, captain and then major of the Italian police corp Carabinieri. His third work is the thriller collection “Policeman Blues (racconti 1984)”.
He convinced his old friend Pino Rinaldi to create his characters and to create the covers of the first two books. At the same time , he began to develop other publishing projects, including the perfect ending of the thriller trilogy, tentatively titled “Il livello nero”, which will cross the destinies of the two protagonists of his series with those of police officer Giorgio Garlini, star of “Dove tutto brucia” by Mauro Marcialis, another well know Italian novelist, published by Italian publisher Piemme, creating one big crossover in noir novels.
His first job in the comics medium is the screenplay of the story dedicated to John Cage, one of the stars of “Agenzia X” series created and designed by Pino Rinaldi, entitled “Incassare i sospesi”, published in the anthology “Pino Rinaldi ‘s Agency X and Omega Compendium “published by Cagliostro E-Press. Antological comic book miniseries, called “Oltre il buio”, also published by Cagliostro E-Press, dedicated to horror, sci- fi and fantasy stories, will see his contribution with other short stories. He’s married, lives and works in Reggio Emilia.
Sotto le lenzuola del profondo nord europeo: dalla Stoccolma noir di Andrea Mariani con il suo “Sex Tape” alla Varsavia popolata di gangster e prostitute dipinta da Paul D.Brazill in “Rosso Esperanto”. Fernando Coratelli ci invita a Mainz (“Lì dove niente può succedere”) fra letti disfatti, una donna fatale e alcuni misteri da svelare, tocca a “L’appartamento” di Batsceba Hardy introdurci in una Berlino misteriosa e teneramente orgiastica. Tenerezza e mistero che ne “L’escapista” di Eva Clesis ambientato a Praga si tingono di paranormale mentre a Cheb, Fausto Rampazzo con Ermione celebra la confessione collettiva in chiave erotica di “Solo peccati veniali”. Sarà invece il britannico Richard Godwin, con “L’ora segreta” a scegliere Londra per le avventure di uno spericolato seduttore nel mirino della malavita. Quanto alla Manchester di Cristiana Danila Formetta si consiglia di leggere il suo “Strangeways here we come”, un cocktail forte di sesso, amore e musica, ascoltando l’omonimo album degli Smiths.
PDB: What is Hersilia Press ?
It’s a small company trying to bring Italian crime fiction to a wider, English-speaking audience. Unlike some big companies, we focus on quality and don’t necessarily go for the big names, but for the books we like. Having said that, some of our authors like Giorgio Scerbanenco have been bestsellers for a while, while others, like Maurizio de Giovanni, have now become so!
PDB: Who are the criminal masterminds behind Hersilia Press?
It’s mainly me, Ilaria Meliconi. After degrees in astronomy and history of science, my work background is in publishing so I look after the editorial side while Alberto does the technical side of things – website, epub and so on.
PDB: Which authors are involved in Hersilia Press?
A number of very different authors: from Giorgio Scerbanenco, considered one of the founding fathers of Italian crime fiction and writing in the 1960s, to Maurizio de Giovanni, now a bestseller author sold all over of Europe and the US.
PDB: Which books have been published so far?
There’s Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer, set in the Emilia Romagna region (where I’m from) in a small holiday village on the Apennines, Blood Sisters set in a foggy and wintry Bergamo in the north of Italy, I Will Have Vengeance set in an atmospheric 1930s Naples, In a Heartbeat, more on the hardboiled style and set in Milan in the eighties, A Private Venus and Betrayal both set in 1960s Milan.
PDB: Where can we find out more about Hersilia Press?
On the website.
PDB: Is there anything else you think we should know about Hersilia Press?
Have a look at the catalogue on www.hersilia-press.co.uk/catalogue and whatever your taste you’ll find something that you like. Regardless of what language a book was originally written in, if the translation is good (and ours are good!) a good book is a good book – they’ll take you to a different place and time, in different styles of writing and plotting, and that’s what books are for!