born in 1967 in Kronberg. He studied German language & literature and history in Freiburg. He has been an editor at the newspaper »Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung« since 2003. He also works as a publisher, columnist and author. After he had published Icelandic legends together with illustrator Kat Menschik in 2011, their most recent collaboration is the Finnish epic poem The Kalevala. Spreckelsen was awarded the Theodor Storm Prize for his crime novel »Unter Wasser« (tr. Under water) in 2014.