Toulouse. Cédric Sire: “My thrillers tell stories that go beyond the frame”

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The crime novelist based in Toulouse, Cédric Sire, has just published his tenth book of suspense, whose reading captivates until the last page… Meeting with a smile and without weapons!

Recently the Cinémathèque de Toulouse invited you to give carte blanche, you had proposed the films “Hellraiser” and “Lost Highway”, why did the works of David Lynch and Clive Barker impact you so much?

A David Lynch film is both contemporary art and cinema, and therefore music. It is a complete installation. As for Clive Barker, he is very important to me because he taught me how to write. When he was a teenager, his work and this movie in particular had really become an obsession for me. He made me realize that we had the right to express ourselves, to create, to get out of boxes. And the Extrême Cinéma festival to which the Cinémathèque de Toulouse had invited me somewhere, that’s also it, that’s why it’s extraordinary. Sometimes it allows showing extreme and unusual works to the public with total freedom. This openness to somewhat extreme, exalted, experimental parts of art seems essential to me, especially in today’s world where everything is going wrong, where we are in boxes, where we all try to confront each other on social networks with polls while there is freedom.

It is also the freedom of writing that characterizes your books, what about your latest novel “La Saignée”?

It is a novel that I wrote to address the hidden side of the Internet, on the one hand to evoke torture sites on the dark web (hidden or clandestine web that refers to sites that are not indexed or accessible only by special browsers, editor’s note) and put them in parallel with the hidden face of the human soul, with what we reserve, with our unspeakable desires. And it is a novel about violence, about not finding your place in society. It’s quite a feminist with a lot of quotes because it’s also a novel in which a woman who behaves like a boy – that’s why she doesn’t find her place in a totally misogynistic society – constantly meets big bastards for whom she has to work, she has more and more a problem of conscience and his violent impulses are exacerbated. It’s a novel in which I created a heroine, a main character that I wanted to see evolve, that she wanted to break to see how she was going to react, when she was going to crack. But with that said, it’s still fun.

How would you define your writing, your literature?

In fact, I write popular literature. My only goal is to entertain the reader without any other pretense. And that for me is very important, I repeat it all the time because many times when we talk about literature we get the impression that the authors have highly developed egos. I do entertainment. I am happy when the reader does not realize that he is turning the pages, eating the book and missing his subway or bus stop, that is the best reward! (laughs) And when he has nightmares due to scenes I made up that are strong enough to stay in his brain, that’s it! It is without any other claim beyond that!

Despite everything, reading immerses you in chilling universes…

Most of my books are slashers (works featuring a psychopathic killer, sometimes disguised or masked armed with a knife) popularized by Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho” adapted by Hitchcock in 1960 and now in the collective unconscious , or giallos (name given in Italy to designate the thriller, editor’s note) like the works of Dario Argento or Mario Bava. In “La Saignée” we have a murderer who kills with gloves, knives, and the identity of the murderer is in doubt until the end. And here we are really in giallo, in the rules of art, with all the codes that come directly from the cinema. As an author, I’m classified in the thriller/thriller category but really my sub-inspirations are really scary stories, so genre movies and mostly great movies that transcend genres, media and really allow you to go further. there. the frame.

“La Saignée” (Fayard, 560 p., 21.90 euros).

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