Jesús Cañadas

JESÚS CAÑADAS was born in 1980 in Cádiz, Spain. His short stories have become famous in genre magazines as Asimov, Miasma and Aurora and formed part of the anthologies Visiones 2008, The Best of Spanish Steampunk (hence the connection to Félix Palma), Charco Negro and Presencia Humana. In 2011, he published his first novel that was shortlisted for the Scifiworld Award in 2011. The Penguin Random House Group spotted him in 2013, publishing his second novel Los nombres muertos, later shortlisted for the Celsius Award of Genre Fiction. Since then, he has been labelled as one of the most outstanding genre writers in Spain. In 2015, Valdemar published his horror novel Pronto será de noche, a tribute to his masters Julio Cortázar and Stephen King. He currently lives in Berlin where he combines his literary work with his work for Spanish TV and Movie Producers.

Las tres muertes de Fermín Salvochea (The three Deaths of Fermín Salvochea)

Fiction, 528 pp


1907: Four suburban children are chasing the monsters of an atmospheric turn of the century Cádiz, together with some of the world’s most famous vampire hunters of their time. It all started back in 1873 when the new mayor of the city, Fermín Salvochea, a famously beloved figure in the Spanish Anarchist movement, started hunting down some of the sources of evil in his city. In the novel, his assistant will be the father of one of our small protagonists, a barber with good looks but also very prone to drinking and whoring around. But Juaíco conserves a pure heart and this is what Salvochea needs for his fight. However, when Salvochea dies in 1907, his dead body disappears and his former assistant completely loses control, so now the children have to take over: But some of their demons are also terribly real, like the head of the orphanage where the two girls are mistreated and harshly punished, for crimes they never committed. Now, even their secret hiding place, the rabbithole, might not be able to protect them...

—  Sold to: Spain (Roca Editorial)

Athenea and the Elements: El corazón de Atlantis (The Heart of Atlantis)

Fiction, Middle Grade Series (Five Books, Vol. 2), novels, 10+, 253 pp

In this second volume of the series, Athenea and Mehdi will learn how to manage the superpowers they have so thrillingly discovered in volume one, The Eye of Nefertiti. In order to save the Heart of Atlantis, they will have to include another member into their team, a girl from Lisbon, Agata, who has avernal powers granted to her by water. Together, they will discover a conspiracy against the ancient culture of Atlantis, from within and from outside. Their parents will play much less of a role than before, leaving them with much more room for their own decisions. Decisions that turn out to be the right ones, of course, so the Heart of Atlantis can be saved in the end... or can’t it? (to be continued)

—  Sold to: Spain (Edebé), Catalunya (Edebé)

Athenea and the Elements: El ojo de Nefertiti (The Eye of Nefertiti)

Fiction, Middle Grade Series (Five Books, Vol. 1), novels, 10+, 255 pp

The Eye of Nefertiti is an adventure for young readers, a crazy story full of egyptian mummies,ghosts and curses, told in a caricaturesque and witty style, packed with images and action. The heroes are Thea, i.e. „Athenea“ von Hammerstein and Mehdi Firat, two children at the age of twelve who have to return the ghost of Nefertiti to her sarcophagus from where, unable to rest, she has escaped and hijacked the body of Thea’s mother. Thea is the youngest offspring of a line of famous archeologists, Mehdi is the son of Thea’s nurse, a Turkish sorcerer. Both children receive a message in Berlin where they are living, in the early twenties of the past century. The prologue and the first chapter remind the reader of the adventures of Tintin and Indiana Jones, and deliberately so, as the story develops very much in the style of a cartoon, with evil demons who attack the children and gruesome mummies who are willing to take lives by the dozen, with Thea and Mehdi joining Thea’s father and grandfather in their fight against evil. A fight they will surely win!

—  Sold to: Spain (Edebé), Catalunya (Edebé)

Pronto será de noche (As the Night Falls)

Fiction, 256 pp

An unknown cataclysm has been unleashed upon the world. Thousands of people try to escape, hide or meet their loved ones for one last time, only to find themselves trapped in an endless traffic jam in the middle of a deserted Spanish national road. As the end comes nearer, a traveler is brutally murdered, and now it will take one embittered and hopeless policeman to find the killer before time runs out and all hell breaks loose. In this thriller, Cañadas takes us on a nightmarish road trip. A tribute to his masters: Julio Cortázar, Stephen King and Juan Rulfo.

—  Sold to: Spain (Valdemar)