(Original title: De Fantasiejagers, published 2007)
Translation from Dutch by Birsen Uçar
The world is thrown into commotion since the invention of the Portal. The discovery of a new dimension, Emoworld, makes clear that not only in our sleep and in our own heads a dreamworld exists. It’s a real world with real people. And not just people, but also different lifeforms we previously only knew as mythical, folkloristic and not really existing, are populating the newly discovered dimension. When these beings escape, although they are strictly forbidden to enter our world, measures are taken. An entirely new kind of security force is called into existence: the fantasyhunters.
The co-existence of the worlds does not run smoothly. A terrible secret has irreversible and disastrous consequences. It seems that even the fantasy hunters can’t prevent a catastrophe.
(A Manon Maxim novel) (original title: ANDERS, Een Manon Maxim roman, published 2010)
Translator from Dutch: Ester Magis
Manon Maxim is an otherkind. Otherkinds live unnoticed among the human beings for thousands of years already and do anything to keep their talents secret. When an otherkind abuses his or her gifts Manon is deployed to do something about it. Therefore her life is an unpredictable chain of investigation, passion and danger. When a heartless figure from the distant past turns up, making Manon?s life and those of her beloved a misery, she?s completely in the dark. Assisted by her wealthy adoptive father, Jabar, and a few friends Manon is ready to investigate the case. The deeper she digs, the more she gets caught up in a network of intrigues and terror. When Manon finally realizes where she has ended up in, escaping doesn?t seem to be possible anymore.
Early one morning she woke up with the idea for ´Fantasy Hunters’. She jumped right out of bed and wrote for the entire morning. She was dragged into the world she created and felt more like a typist than a writer, since the story seemed to write itself.
Dreams and sleep have fascinated Mel since childhood. Ever since she was very young, she has written down her dreams and nightmares, and analysed them. During her psychology studies, her essays were always about dreams. As an intern she learned everything about sleep and dreams in the centre for sleep- and waking-disorders in Antwerp, Belgium. Immediately after her studies, she stayed working in that sleep centre and discovered the scientific side of sleep as a sleep analyst (diagnosis and treatment) and scientific researcher. Later, she got an offer to work in the sleep centre in The Hague, The Netherlands. Scientific articles in ‘Sleep Medicine’ where published under her name: Melissa Vandeputte. Of course, that scientific part is also present in her books about the Fantasy Hunters, as well as her fascination for psychology, the paranormal, ufology and myths from several cultures.
Mel Hartman was born in 1972 in Ostend, Belgium, where she still lives with her husband, dog Kiwi and chickens Molly, Miss Daisy and Camilla, in a little farmhouse. She prefers to spend her spare time painting, doing yoga, reading, watching films, travelling and walking with Kiwi.
‘From the first page on I was captured by the book. Have you never read fantasy, then the ‘Fantasy Hunters’ is the ideal book to make acquaintance with the genre.’
‘Mel Hartman has a very unique, pleasant style of writing. You are fascinated from the first page until the last page.’ http://euroreviews.eu.funpic.de/
‘From the start of the book you get swept away by the dream world. Not only the story is extremely original, also the style of writing is excellent!’ http://www.fantastiek.com/
‘Enjoyable writing style and two worlds that are very exciting. You must read that book!’
‘There is also a lot of humour in the book. Fantastic!’ http://kunst-en-cultuur.infonu.nl/
‘Nice combination of humour, philosophy and critique on nowadays society.’ http://www.purefantasy.nl/