The Hero’s Journey of Paolo Di Orazio

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  

My freedom of expression and giving people big emotions the same time.

La mia libertà di espressione e contemporaneamente dare grandi emozioni ai lettori.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  

To live peacefully in health, and going on with my creative work.

Vivere in pace, in salute e portando avanti i miei progetti.

What is my greatest fear?  

To live in misery.

Vivere in povertà.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  

My modesty.

La mia modestia.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Stephen King, Stan Lee, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell. Italian collegues I admire are too much to nominate.

Stephen King, Stan Lee, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell. I colleghi italiani che ammiro sono troppi per essere nominati.

What is my greatest extravagance?  

As well as most people says, the crimes I write about in my stories seem to be the most brutal ever. I love to be a freak.

Come molti dicono, gli omicidi che costruisco nelle mie storie sono i più brutali di sempre. Adoro essere un freak.

On what occasion would I lie?  

Only when someone doesn’t believe the truth. So I create things that they want me to say.

Solo quando qualcuno non vuol capire la verità. Così, creo cose che vuole sentirmi dire.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  

The only thing I hate in my work is when someone breaks my concentration when I am writing. I feel that just like an aggression and a sort of loss of respect.

La sola cosa che odio del mio lavoro è quando qualcuno mi interrompe mentre sto scrivendo. La vivo come un’aggressione e una mancanza di rispetto.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  

When I received the first letters from my whole country’s readers after the publication of my debut book Primi Delitti, in my old publishing house (Acme, 1989). People fallen in love for it. I was been accepted as a writer. I couldn’t believe it.

Quando ho ricevuto le prime lettere da tutta Italia da chi aveva letto il mio libro di debutto Primi Delitti, ero nella mia vecchia casa editrice (Acme, 1989). La gente si era innamorata del libro. Ero stato accettato come scrittore. Non potevo crederci.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

My laziness. I hate it. 

La mia pigrizia. La detesto.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  

Generally, to leave in people’s hearts a mark with my stories. And being readed and loved in English, too. I am in the https://www.amazon.it/Years-Best-Hardcore-Horror-English-ebook/dp/B06XG1TMXS, and Best Horror of The Year, Vol.7, http://www.ellendatlow.com.

In generale, sapere di lasciare nei cuori delle persone un segno con le mie storie. E di essere letto anche in inglese. Sono nel libro Best Hardcore Horror vol.2 (Comet Press, 2017) e nella lista mondiale Best Horror of the Year, Vol.7, http://www.ellendatlow.com.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?

These words mean to me my ideal of perfect state of living.

Queste parole significano il mio ideale perfetto di vivere.

Where would I most like to live?

Hollywood.

What is my most treasured possession?

My little house and my vintage comic-book collections.

La mia piccola casa e la mia collezione di fumetti vintage.

What is my most marked characteristic?

As many say, being with head in the clouds and feet on the ground.

Come dicono molti, ho la testa fra le nuvole e i piedi piantati a terra.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  

Everywhere, but in my loneliness.

Ovunque, purché in solitudine.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Irish pubs.

What books influenced my life and how?

Serial killers biographies and medical tests, at first. They gave me those basics with which I mould my characters. In fiction, Books of Blood, Christine, Divina Commedia for their powerful imaginary. This books showed me how important is to let the mind go free in storytelling.

Le bio dei serial killer e i testi di medicina, innanzitutto. Mi forniscono gli elementi base con cui costruisco i miei personaggi. Nella fiction, I Libri di Sangue, Christine-la macchina infernale e la Divina Commedia per la loro forza immaginifica. Questi libri mi hanno dimostrato quanto sia importante fare in modo che la mente voli libera nel raccontare una storia.

Who are my favorite writers?

Oliver Sachs, Maxcence Fermine, Luigi Pirandello, Gaio Giulio Cesare.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

1970’s Kiss discography.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Dexter, Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man and Doctor Srange, Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four, Simon Bisley’s Lobo.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Everybody who builds a family.

Chiunque riesca a farsi una famiglia.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Roman Polanski’s The Tenant.

Roman Polanski’s L’inquilino del terzo piano.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is the master of both life and work. Without Art, I am nothing.

L’Arte è la padrona sia della mia vita che del lavoro. Senza di essa, non esisterei.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

They’re: My actual publishers, editors in chief and friends Alessandro Manzetti (www.independentlegionspublishing.com) and Stefano Fantelli (www.cut-up.it) and, above all, my readers.

Sono i miei attuali editori e direttori editoriali, Alessandro Manzetti e Stefano Fantelli, nonché, su tutti, i miei lettori.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I am not actually able to answer. For sure with everybody I could give my best.  

Non sono in grado di fornire una risposta. Di sicuro, con le persone con cui dare il mio meglio.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Readers of mine, Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell.

I miei lettori, poi King e Campbell.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?  

On my debut book Primi Delitti, published 30 years ago, for a celebration edition.

Non vedo l’ora di iniziare a lavorare sull’edizione del mio libro d’esordio, Primi Delitti, 30 anni nel 2019.

Where can you see me or my work?

Facebook, Instagram show my artworks. My bibliography’s at 

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Di_Orazio

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

These words recall to my commandment number One. With God’s permission.

Queste parole corrispondono al mio Primo comandamento. A Dio piacendo.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

Adriano Viterbini, guitar hero from Bud Spencer Blues Explosion.

How can you contact me?

You can mail to paolodiorazio@gmail.com

books links

https://www.amazon.it/dp/8895246454/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_soHSBb5P89MXZ

https://www.amazon.it/dp/8899497125/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_akHSBbNBNNM3M

http://www.horrormagazine.it/11625/independent-legions-presenta-putridarium

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