Juan Bautista Rodríguez Aguilar (Madrid, 1973) has developed his career as writer, librarian and translator. Fond of reading and arts since he was a child, he studied Painting at the Fine Arts School of Madrid, as well as Music at the Arturo Soria Conservatory. He works as a librarian in the Public Libraries of Madrid City Network.
He has published several short stories in literary magazines, anthologies and blogs. His first novel, “Umbrío, entre los muertos” (Shady, among the Dead), was published in 2008 by the American publisher Trafford, together with the original soundtrack composed by musician Eduardo de la Iglesia. The Spanish edition was launched in 2011 by Éride and presented at the Feria del Libro de Madrid in the same year. In 2008 he won the XIV Short Stories Price from the Ateneo of La Laguna with the collection of fantastic stories “Cuentos de indagación y neurosis” (Tales of Investigation and Neurosis), published by Caja Canarias in 2010. He has published two other novels with Éride: the nouvelle “La rueda del extravío” (The Wheel of Mislaying, 2013), and “El berbiquí” (The Drill, 2014).
Together with Brazilian translator Bethania Guerra de Lemos, he has also translated from Portuguese into Spanish: “Cuentos de madurez” (Pre-Textos 2011), a complete anthology of tales by Brazilian writer J. M. Machado de Assis (1839-1908); and the book of poems “Días insólitos” (Manuscritos, 2013), by poet and diplomat Márcio Catunda (Fortaleza, Brazil, 1957).
His novels approach various subjects, like the death, the loss of experiences, the familiar connections or the mystic and spiritual world; always with a slight fantastic tinge that moves them away from reality. In his short stories, he is attracted to mystery or fantastic subjects, as well as to his personal obsessions. He is also interested in technological issues as attractive elements to create the stories.