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“A Touch Of Mystery…”

Do you like horror books and stories? Here’s something you will definitely be interested about:

I was chilling home, pretty much doing anything at all, when my brother Danny invited me to watch with him some scary stories he had found while surfing on YouTube (Stories told by a man I didn’t know of at that time, by the way.) Since I enjoy spending time with him, I accepted without hesitation… I’ve got nothing to say but Excellent recommendation Danny! I didn’t have to watch more than one story to realize that he was a marvelous storyteller. If you are a spanish-speaking person and you admire stories like those of Edgar Allan Poe, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, E.T.A. Hoffmann, John Collier, Saki among others. I’m sure you will love this. Let me just say for the record that I think you will be amazed before you are halfway through, just like I was! A dark room with a skylight where he’s sitting on an old chair, always having a cigarette sticking out of his mouth, providing a sense of horror and mystery is where each storytelling take place. After a couple of stories I’ve watched so far, I can tell I can’t get enough of the passion he has while doing such thing. At this point, you might be wondering who is the person I’m talking about, aren’t ya? Well, I’m talking about the Argentinean writer Alberto Laiseca.

The oral adaptations of horror stories Alberto Laiseca performs are totally amazing. The atmospheric sounds organization, the complexity of nuances in intonation and body language he assigns to each word are breathtaking. In my opinion, I think he’s one of the best Argentinean writers and storytellers. It’s a shame that there are only a few videos on the web. However, it’s interesting how you can see, feel and even smell from an auditory perception with his videos. Here is a bit of information I got from his personal blog:

Alberto Laiseca

Alberto Laiseca is an Argentinean writer. He was born on February 11, 1941, in Rosario, Argentina. He spent his childhood in Camilo Aldao, a town located around the boundary between the provinces of Cordoba and Santa Fé. He worked in different provinces as harvester, call center employee, and proofreader for the newspaper “La Razón”. He starred in the anthology TV show “Cuentos de Terror” in I-Sat and presented films in the cycle “Cine de Terror” in Retro Channel. He co-starred in the award-winning film “El Artísta” (2009, Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn). In April 2011, the same directors released “Querida, voy a comprar cigarrillos y vuelvo.” based on a story of his own. For years he’s been providing narrative workshops at the “Centro Cultural Rojas”. He is the author of the monumental novel Los Soria and 19 other books (novels, short stories, poetry and essays). The publishing house “Simurg” has just released his Cuentos Completos (in English: “Complete Stories”).

Source of his Bio: Alberto Laiseca’s Blog (Translated by EdBertotti)

Here’s one of his videos:

Miriam Allen deFord’s story “A Death in Family”  (August 21, 1888 – February 22, 1975) adapted by Alberto Laiseca

If you want to watch more of his videos, you can find them on YouTube by simply typing “Alberto Laiseca” into the search bar. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Peace out!

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