Renowned Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik dies at 55

EGYPT- Influential Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, widely considered the first contemporary Arab writer of horror and science fiction, has died at the age of 55.

Since the novelist death on Monday, their has been an outpouring of condolences from fellow authors and his fans. Many have said his infamous thrillers filled the gap of Egyptian literature during their childhood.

Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem said, “Egyptian and Arab culture has lost a great novelist who enriched culture in Egypt and the Arab world,”

His well known novels were Utopia”, “Fantasia”, and “The Supernatural” series, whose main character Refaat Ismael is a medical doctor like Tawfik.

31-year-old Sameh Afifi, who read Tawfik’s work when he was a teenager said, “He was one of the most prominent writers of thrillers and youth stories… (and) was renowned for his enjoyable and captivating style.”

He referred to Refaat Ismael a character in one of Tawik’s novels, who else is a ordinary man who experiences full paranormal activities, he said,  “He helped shape my personality,”

“was the first character to personify logic… a scientist who is old, weak and ugly, and has severe anxiety. He was very real.”

The US embassy in Egypt extended condolences to the family in a statement on Tuesday,  “the family and friends of one of Egypt’s most well-known and influential writers”.

Tawik was born in June 10, 1962  in the Nile Delta city of Tanta.

He graduated from medical school in 1985 and received his PhD in 1997.

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