THE INVISIBLES (De Agostini, publisher)


  • The Secret of Misty Bay

    Douglas decides to spend his summer holiday with his uncle Ken in Misty Bay, a small town on the California coastline. He makes friends with Peter and with a girl called Crystal whose...

  • The Invisibles and The Witch of Dark Falls

    Maryanne died 300 years ago, but her curse still seems to hang over Dark Falls and a pack of phantom dogs kills whoever inquires about her mysterious demise. Douglas and Peter, Crystal’s...

  • The Invisibless and the Castle of Doom Rock

    Plot: Douglas accepts his father’s proposal to finish his high school education at Doom Rock Preparatory School, a massive edifice so foreboding that the locals call it “the castle...

  • The Invisibles and the Enigma of Gaia

    An unprecedented experiment is taking place at the New Era Studies Center, where a team of  telepathic geniuses join forces to increase the scope of their mental prowess. The trial is...

  • The Invisibles and the Town of No-Return

    The inhabitants of Sleepy Swamp, Louisiana live in fear. None of the tobacco plantation workers dare to come close to the swamps that surround No-Return, the wealthy town owned by the Leloup...

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    Giovanni Del PonteDear Friends,

    Nowadays, being able to communicate in English allows us to exchange our thoughts with others practically all over the world, so I’m dedicating this section of my website to those readers who do not speak Italian or one of the other languages into which my books have been translated. However, I especially want to address my future British and American readers, who (I hope) will soon see “The Invisibles” translated into their mother  tongue as well.

    In fact, I drew my initial inspiration for a series of supernatural stories from English-speaking authors, one British and three American, and they led me to writing “The Invisibles”.

    The first American author to whom I owe a debt of gratitude is Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, one of the two books that made me an avid reader at the age of fourteen (the other book was “Dracula” by Bram Stoker). Up until then, I did not like reading, but when I discovered her novel, my life changed forever. Speaking about a book like that might seem an exaggeration, but that is exactly the way it happened.  Up until that moment, horror stories were my main (if not my exclusive) interest. Then, for the first time, I came to understand that the element I was trying to find in movies and comic books was essentially “mystery”, and mystery (and lots of it) can be found in other places than horror stories. I continued loving horror stories, but from that timet on, I opened my mind and soul to all kinds of literature. Most of all, I felt a compulsion to continue reading.

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” fascinated me because it also satisfied a need in me that was rarely fulfilled by the fright books that I had come across until then. In addition to frightening me and drawing me into the adventures of its young protagonists, I found its ideas (growing up, justice, acceptance of those who look different than we do) to be thought-provoking. From then on, I could no longer be satisfied by stories that did not challenge me to reflect on and fantasize about topics that were close to my heart.

    Several years later, I ran across the second author I mentioned: Ray Bradbury. I had already read some of his short stories, and then one day, at a used book stall, I spotted his novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. I found the plot intriguing, so I purchased it, and when I started to read it, I once again found myself carried off to a different world of ominous and wondrous characters, and once again I was hypnotized by a novel about growth, where the protagonists were two thirteen year old adolescents.

    And that brings me to the third author, who seemed to be a pupil of Bradbury in certain ways: Stephen King, the Grand Master of Horror. As with the other authors, I started with some of his short stories, and worked up to his electrifying “IT”.

    The inspiration for the first “Invisibles” book came to me when I was right in the middle of reading this new masterpiece. I was completely enthralled by the adventure; it seemed to close that circle that “To Kill a Mockingbird” had opened so many years before when I discovered the depths of my interest in that extraordinary stage in our lives called adolescence. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” confirmed my interest, and gave me additional points to ponder.

    By living with and within the characters of “IT”, I experienced the dilemmas and secrets hidden in the passage from adolescence to adulthood. Its protagonists had to confront a monster, first as children and then as adults, discovering that we are much stronger as children than as adults because of our dreams and our ideals.

    .This revelation was so overpowering that I felt an irresistible urge to write a story based on questions; is it even possible to grow up and still maintain the ideals we had as children? Or are we forced to change by our very destinies, as though humanity itself had been cursed so many years ago, at the beginning of time?

    That started off “The Secret of Misty Bay”, the first adventure of the Invisibles.

    Once this novel is published in English, and should it find the same success as in other languages, then other “Invisibles” stories will follow: “The Witch of Dark Falls” (one of the titles preferred by fear-loving Italian readers), “The Castle of Doom Rock” ( a story of ghosts and temporal paradox, where the Invisibles find two friends for coming adventures), “The Enigma of Gaia” (where you will meet Nemo, the world’s greatest hacker in a topsy-turvy world of climate gone mad, flights in hot air balloons, tree houses and trips to the Amazon) and “The City of No-Return” (a story about zombies, which, I hope, will totally surprise you. Together with “The Witch of Dark Falls, its mysterious atmosphere is especially appreciated by its readers). Other adventures will then follow the one currently being written.

    So have fun reading the Invisibles (and watch out for the bogeyman!).

    Giovanni Del Ponte

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