The Evil Twenty

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WHAT WOULD THE STORIES WE LOVE BE WITHOUT THE VILLAINS?

Twenty original stories in one book that promises to recreate the exact moment when twenty great villains from literature like Dracula, the Bogeyman, Mr Hyde, Captain Hook, Cthulhu, the Wicked Witch of the West, Snow White’s stepmother, and the demon Lilith, felt the flower of evil bloom inside, transforming them into the most disturbing dark figures of all time.

  • The greatest villains of all time describe how the evil began

  • A complete overview of imaginary evil to save us from the evil in the real world

  • Multifaceted characters to help us better understand both them and, perhaps, ourselves.

  • Beautiful illustrations by Paolo Barbieri, considered one of the greatest Italian fantasy illustrators.
GENRE Mystery
CATEGORY 12+
FIRST PUBLISHER Mondadori (Italy), 2020 

MANLIO CASTAGNA

Manlio was born in Salerno in 1974. In 1997 he wrote and directed the multi-award-winning short film Indice di frequenza starring Alessandro Haber in the lead role. For over twenty years he has been involved in organising the Giffoni Film Festival, and was deputy artistic director from 2007-2018. Screenwriter and director of hundreds of videoclips, documentaries and short films. He is involved in neuro-linguistic programming and audiovisual semiology. From 2014-2018 he was artistic consultant and member of the Creative Committee at the DOHA FILM INSTITUTE (Qatar). He made his narrative debut with the bestseller trilogy Petrademone (Mondadori 2018-2019),  translated into various languages. He co-authored Le belve (PIEMME 2020) with Guido Sgardoli.