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Carlos Ruiz Zafon 'may turn to horror writing'

15th June 2010

Carlos Ruiz Zafon may dabble in the horror genre as he continues to write from an eclectic perspective.

Speaking to the Scotsman, the writer of The Shadow of the Wind and Prince of Mist said he wrote a number of horror stories when he was at school.

He claimed that his publishing enterprise, set up with four friends when he was just ten, ran into 'problems with censorship' after their Jesuit school headmaster read a number of the tales - which revolved around demons, vampires and murder.

However, he told the news provider it was 'fun while it lasted' and that he may return to the horror genre to finally 'get it out of [his] system'.

Zafon claimed that in terms of literature he is 'interested in everything' and doesn't see a problem with authors mixing genres and styles together to create new stories.

The Spanish writer has listed Charles Dickens and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe among his influences.

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