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Short story

About the author

Marck Castelló was born in Barcelona in 1974. He has a law degree and is a specialist in criminal law. For a long time he combined the practice of law with writing and painting.

As an illustrator, he has collaborated on several issues of Catarsi (a science fiction magazine in Catalan), as well as on the short story collection “Montseny amb un somriure” (2020). 

«El Mecanisme» (2021) is his first novel.

His way of writing is direct, without superfluous ornamentation, with a simple fut intentionally chosen vocabulary. The style is eclectic, integrating in his work genres as diverse as crime novels, thrillers and fantasy, peppered with a strong dose of humor.

The author writes by hand, with a fountain pen and usually at night, in the small office he has at home. However, he always carries a notebook, which allows him to work, if he finds a moment, elsewhere.

Manuscript of El Mecanisme

the mechanism


Daniel is a twenty-two-year-old student who suffers from narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that causes him to fall asleep during the day. His life is insubstantial until, one friday night, he is involved in a shootout. As a result of this, Daniel discovers that someone is killing the people who appear on a mysterious list, and both he and Andrea (the other protagonist of the story) appear on it. Both are targets to eliminate.

"They have tried to kill me, they want to rip my teeth out. Be alert. It could happen to you".



Stonberg Editorial (catalan edition: june 2021)

Pages: 218

Format: rustic with flaps

ISBN: 978-84-123413-8-6

Characters as diverse as a psychiatrist addicted to sex, a collector of human teeth and a girl with a disfigured face appear throughout the chapters. An object called Fervet's Mechanism also appears, capable of relating the present with past events that follow the same pattern.

Original illustration that appears in the work

Like all things made with soul, El Mecanisme has been written by hand, on glossy paper and with a fountain pen. The original work occupies a total of thirteen notebooks, without taking into account subsequent revisions and rewritings.

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Original manuscript of the work


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© Marck Castelló, 2024

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