Albrecht Behmel

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Albrecht Behmel
Albrecht Behmel in 2011 at Filmforum.
Born (1971-03-24)24 March 1971
Pen name Albrecht, Timothy Patterson
Occupation Novelist, screen writer, essayist
Nationality German
Education Master of Arts
Alma mater University of Heidelberg
Genre comedy, drama, fantasy, non-fiction
Years active 1999–present

Albrecht Behmel (born March 24, 1971, in Black Forest) is a German artist, novelist, historian, best-selling non-fiction writer and award-winning playwright.

Surname and Family History[edit]

Son of geologist Hermann Behmel and grandson of architect Paul Behmel. The uncommon family name is a Germanicized form of the Czech given name Bogomil from where (Bohemia) their family emigrated to Saxony in the early 18th Century. On his mother's side he is a descendant of Christoph Martin Wieland, a Swabian poet and writer of the Enlightenment.


After working as a bouncer and a puppeteer in Paris, France, in the early nineties, Albrecht Behmel moved to Germany to complete his studies in humanities in Heidelberg where he was a fellow student of Silvana Koch-Mehrin and Gerrit Jasper Schenk and at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He has published on ancient history, Greek naval warfare and early German literature like the Nibelungenlied. Most notably, however, are a series of self-help e-books for fellow students, making him one of the pioneers of German electronic publishing. He used the pseudonym Timothy Patterson for two titles. He is noted to suffer from insomnia. He was a business consultant between 1995-2005. His published work includes novels, like Mitte 1, Homo Sapiens Berliner Art; radio plays, computer games, film scripts [1] and stage plays as well as non-fiction. He has worked for a number of German and international TV stations, like ARTE and ARD. Behmel founded a network for film and media professionals, Filmforum, in 2008.[2][3]

In 2013 he founded Samiel Award, an annual literary prize for antagonists of newly published German novels. The first Samiel Award went to Austrian writer Jan Kossdorff for a dark humor novel about human trafficking and advertising agencies. The award is supported by publisher Marc Hiller of Stuttgart.[4] Winning writers receive 666 Euros, the number of the beast.[5]

The Magic of the Swarms[edit]

A series of paintings developed by Albrecht in the years 2013 and 2014. The Magic of the Swarms is about the fusion of shapes into more complex forms and about the interaction of colours. But it is also a geometrical game: Intricate chaotic systems consist of simple overlapping elements. The colours help define the shape, but at the same time emphasise the intricacies of the interaction of each silhouette. The work is influenced by ecclesiastical lead lights and Buddhist mandalas.

Style and Motifs[edit]

Two recurring motifs of most of his books are urban culture and the pitfalls of modern communication but also horsemanship and alcoholism or a mix thereof. Irish folk music, academic ceremonies and ancient mythology appear in some fiction works. Most dialogues feature a variety of German dialects and slangs. Some novels have been compared to the work of Israeli writer Ephraim Kishon.

Albrecht Behmel, 2013

Political Views[edit]

The general standpoint professed in most of his non-fiction works can be described as libertarian, anti-establishment and pro-science with a general distrust in doctrines, political ideologies of whatever color. A recurring thought is that institutions like most governments, schools, churches and universities have not kept up with current social developments for decades, and in some cases, centuries, which contradicts their claim to leading positions within society.[6]



Further information: Albrecht Behmel bibliography



Radio Plays[edit]

Computer Games and Films[edit]

  • Fortress Under Siege (2013)[10][11]
  • Fortress Under Siege 2.0 (2014)
  • Out of the Present[12]


External links[edit]

Quotations related to Albrecht Behmel at Wikiquote