Norberto José Olivar
Norberto José Olivar was born in Maracaibo in 1964. He has a degree in History and a PhD in Political Science. He is a Professor of the University of Zulia, and has published several books including Los guerreros (1999), El misterioso caso de Agustín Baralt (2000); El hombre de la Atlántida (2003); La ciudad y los herejes (2004); La conserva negra (2004); Morirse es una fiesta (2005); “Monsieur Ismael” in the collection Las voces secretas. El nuevo cuento venezolano (Alfaguara, 2006); Un Cuento de piratas (2007); Un vampiro en Maracaibo (Alfaguara, Critiques Choice Award 2008); Cadáver exquisito (Alfaguara, 2010, which was a finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos award in 2011).
Also in 2011 he was awarded the VI Premio Internacional de Relato de Radio Exterior de España for his short story "Odio a las iguanas", included in the collection El hombre que se ríe de todo (ediciones Irreverentes, Spain, 2011), and received a Special Mention from El Nacional’s 66th annual short story contest for "Historia natural del fracaso", and published El príncipe negro. Notas de un hombre lobo under the publishing label Lugar Común. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the International Prize Juan Rulfo with his story "El hombre de los seis espíritus", and in 2013 he published El polvo de los muertos with the Alfaguara label. In 2015 he published El fantasma de la Caballero (Alfaguara/Santillana). In 2017 the film "El vampiro del lago" directed by Carl Zitelmann—an adaptation of his novel Un vampiro en Maracaibo—will be released.