Elia Barceló

(Elda, Spain, 1957)

Elia Barceló studied Anglo-Germanic Philology at the University of Valencia and Hispanic Philology at the University of Alicante. She took her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she teaches literature. In 1994 and 1995 she was a contributor to El País de las Tentaciones with opinion articles. She writes novels for adults and for younger readers, and has tried nearly all the genres: science fiction, horror, crime, adventure, historical, etc.

Her early works in the sphere of fictional narrative were the novels Sagrada (1989), Consecuencias naturales (1994) and El mundo de Yarek (1994), which won her the International Prize for Short Science Fiction Novels from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She was also awarded the Ignotus Prize for fantastic stories by the Spanish Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1991) and, in 1997, the Edebé Prize for Young People's Literature for her work El caso del artista cruel (1998).

She later published La mano de Fatma (2001), El vuelo del hipogrifo (2002), El caso del crimen de la ópera (2002), El almacén de las palabras terribles (2003), Si un día vuelves a Brasil (2003), El secreto del orfebre (2003) and La roca de Is (2003). She has published novels, essays and around thirty short stories in Spanish and foreign magazines and anthologies. Part of her work has been translated into some languages. She is a regular participant at the "Semana Negra" annual festival of crime literature in Gijón, where she leads literary workshops.

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