John Schou


John Schou was born 1951. He grew up in Denmark and graduated as a physician in Copenhagen in 1977. From 1982 did he work as a consultant anaesthetist in the county hospital in Lörrach, Germany (by Basel), where he still lives. 1994-97 he was Chairman of the prehospital committee, ITACCS. A severe disease forced him to retire from the medical career early in September 2001. He has published several medical articles and three books about emergency medicine and anaesthesiology. In later years, he has concentrated his authorship on other stories, some with but mostly without medical relevance.

Smashwords Interview

When did you start writing?
I was born in Charlottenlund, a suburb to the Danish capital Copenhagen, in 1951, and I have been writing with or without reason at least since I was 12. Later, as a physician, I wrote several scientific articles, book-chapters and three books, but certainly not fictional. In 1992, I started with various short-stories. With the diagnosis ‘multiple sclerosis’ (MS) in 1996, I intensified this activity.
How do you explain the dominating interest in 9/11?
After 5 years, my disease had progressed so much that a continued occupation as anaesthetist was no longer possible. I had for almost 20 years been a consultant at a German hospital, but on 9/10/01 I gave up. Therefore, I was at home on 9/11 and had plenty of time to inform me about it the following time. Sometime in the coming spring I elaborated and later revised a script (“Who were Responsible for 9/11?”) which I sent to friends. It was probably too big to be read and later versions, while bigger and richer, even more so. Because it is essential to understand this crime, which altered so much in the world afterwards, I decided to smuggle it in by another way: in fictional literature.
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Where to find John Schou online


Fra Dybet
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 68,860. Language: Danish. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
’Fra Dybet’ er en samling af 21 noveller, der overvejende reflekterer en depressiv stemning, som titlen antyder. En større historie, ’Prøvelsens Døgn,’ beskriver en sikkerhedstjenestes selv-orkestrerede terrorangreb med henblik på egen bekræftelse, som det nu regelmæssigt rapporteres fra flere lande.
A Philosophical Approach to Anasthesia
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 25,820. Language: British English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Anaesthetist, you know what anaesthesia is? “YES” - You know too much. Read this book and see how little you knew. “NO, and I don't care”- A general problem, further analyzed here in order to explain how anaesthetists lost touch with their basic concepts. “NO, but I am interested” - A book for those who are not seeking simple answers to complex questions. This book is opening for neglected topics
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 49,940. Language: German. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Short-stories in German: „… weil die Auswahl der Texte einen Einblick in die ‚Werkstatt’ von John Schou bietet – ein Autor, der seine Leser gerne mit Ironie und Humor bedient, hinter denen sich aber die Wahrheit verbirgt. Wer keine Angst vor dem eigenen schlechten Gewissen und Lust auf eine geraffte und gereifte Sicht der Dinge hat, kann das alles nachlesen“ (aus dem Vorwort von Christa Efkemann)
Tunnellen og Hulen
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 101,480. Language: Danish. Published: May 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
Disse udvalgte korte noveller, skrevet igennem 17 år, har til dels ikke andet til fælles med hinanden end at de er skrevet af mig. Men måske kan læseren finde andre lighedspunkter? Der er enkelte noveller, der ikke er oversat til ’The Tunnel and the Cave,’ ligesom også denne indeholder enkelte noveller der ikke forefindes på dansk.
The Tunnel and the Cave
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 112,430. Language: British English. Published: May 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
A number of mostly humorous short -stories but also some reflecting events of the beginning of the Third Millennium
Operation Felix
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 44,260. Language: Danish. Published: May 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
Denne bog blev konciperet i 1971, hvor det meste af handlingen foregår, men skrevet blev den først 27 år senere. Titlen hentyder dels til hovedpersonens navn, dels til en væbnet aktion i 1944 under den tyske besættelse af Danmark, som han er opkaldt efter. En epidemi, forårsaget af et omfattende antibiotika-misbrug, komplicerer historien.
Duodecameron (Dansk)
By John Schou
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: Danish. Published: May 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
Duodecameron er den dansk-sprogede originaludgave om et dusin flygtninge for den nye verdensorden, der samles i et højtliggende asyl i de svejtsiske alper, hvor de udveksler erfaringsberetninger om grunden til deres ophold her, inden de skilles til en usikker fremtid efter en uge.
Skæbnens Lod
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 68,470. Language: Danish. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
I det Herrens År MLVIII (1058) drager Alberik på Pilgrimsrejse gennem Europa til Rom.
When Civil Servants Fail
By John Schou
Price: Free! Words: 100,660. Language: British English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
In a society, where every citizen is a suspected terrorist, where the secret services instrument terror scenarios to emphasize their importance, and where some leading politicians use any means to enrich themselves, we find Mr. Smith and his assistant Eric Gusto. Their efforts are described in 5 stories, in which they for non-idealistic purposes incidentally oppose this trend among civil servants
By John Schou
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,970. Language: British English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
In a refugee asylum in the Swiss Alps, 12 people meet, all fugitives from the New World Order and the altered morale of the Third Millennium. All of them have obtained a dangerous knowledge that further on makes a normal life-style impossible. While awaiting the decision on their application to Switzerland, they exchange their different experiences until they are transferred to a leap in the dark.

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