Kaj Bernhard Genell has recently released Darkness. This exciting, nail-biting psychological thriller cleverly weaves together several stories. With deep characters, a thrilling plot, and a fascinating premise, it’s sure to please fans of psychological fiction and high-stakes narratives.
Darkness focuses on a young student named Ruben. He lives in Tampa, sharing his life with a girlfriend and a beloved friend. However, one day, Ruben’s girlfriend, Eunice, is killed. She drowns in the water. Raoul, Ruben’s friend, is the one getting blamed: he is accused of letting his dog Bandit drown her. While Ruben is suspicious and deeply concerned with the fact his friend might be a killer, he is also afraid of losing the friend he has left after the devastating death of Eunice. But beyond a thrilling narrative, the novel also brings in a lot of philosophical ideas and explores them through fiction.
Kaj Bernhardt Genell is a Swedish author who specializes in creating complex narratives and essays focused on various topics. Genell was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1944. Since his early years, he cultivated interests in Literature, music, philosophy, and figurative art. In 1983, the author published Ironi och Existens, a book exploring the topic of irony. He would go on to specialize in the works of an emblematic author of the 20th century, Franz Kafka. The papers he wrote at the University of Gothenburg would result, eventually in the publication of an essay in 2018 focusing on the subject. In 2021, the essay was published in English under the title “Kafka – a Freudo-Structuralist Analysis” and would explore the topic of Kafkaesque.
Genell has several books published in Swedish, including titles like The Gun, Theft of a Piece of Art, The Beauty, Autumn Drama, and Shooting Free. In 2021, he published his first English-language novel under the pen name Bill Clactoe, offering Fell’s Point, which was set in Baltimore. His next book was The Lion’s Disease, a philosophical and psychological book focusing on the topic of pandemics and exploring a dangerous journey to Indonesia on a bulk cargo carrier.
In 2022, Genell received a scholarship from the Swedish Authors’ Fund, which enabled the author to publish two more books in Swedish, including a short story collection. He also released Writing the Fiction of Tomorrow, a philosophical examination of a variety of themes that any author can find relevant.
Darkness is his latest offering and also carries a deep philosophical background. The strange murder unweaves a variety of themes and ideas that keep the reader engaged and fascinated. Genell highlights his specialty in irony and cultural philosophy, opposing mythology, and more. In Darkness, he creates, not always willingly, an image of the man of tomorrow.
You can learn more about the author and check out his academic work on his website. Find the book, the engaging thriller titled Darkness, over on Amazon. Here, you can also check out The Lion’s Disease and Writing the Fiction of Tomorrow in English.
We had the pleasure of interviewing the author. Here are excerpts from the interview:
Hi, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about what it is that you do.
I am a Swedish Author of fiction and facts, writing both in Swedish and English. I was born in 1944 and got interested in Literature very early.
Please tell us about your journey.
Since 1983, I have written sixteen books of various kinds. Since Franz Kafka soon became my favorite author, and I was puzzled by his skills, I set out to find out the truth behind the mysterious “kafkasesque” qualities. On this, I have published “Kafka – a Freudo-Structuralist Analysis.” My heart lies in fiction writing, though; most of my books are fiction.
Please share with our readers about your latest novel, Darkness.
My latest novel, “Darkness” (2023), is mostly a psychological thriller but has perhaps more than one story to tell. It is about a young student – Ruben – in Tampa, whose girlfriend, Eunice, is getting killed when taking a swim. A friend of the story’s protagonist gets the blame and is accused of letting his dog, Bandit, rush into the water and drown Eunice. Ruben hates the thought that his friend Raoul might be guilty of a major crime. He does not want it to be true. Even if he has lost Eunice, he would rather not want to lose his philosophical friend Raoul too.
Please tell us about some of the other books you have written.
This month, I also published a book on writing: “Writing the Fiction of Tomorrow,” which is also available on Amazon ( only paperback ), just like “Darkness” ( both paperback and E-book).
Other novels in English by me are: “The Lion’s Disease,” about a threat of a new pandemic from a freight ship on the Atlantic, and “Fell’s Point,” published by me using the pseudonym “Bill Clactoe”. This is also a crime story.
Thank you so much, Kaj Bernhard Genell, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!