STADEN – THE LOST VILLAGE
By Camilla Sten
IN THE 1950’s, the small mining town of Silvertjärn made Swedish national news when the entire population of the city disappeared without a trace. Unable to solve the mystery behind the lost village, people soon forgot about the story and Silvertjärn was left to decay completely.
THE MYSTERY OF the lost village has always fascinated Alice, growing up with the story told by her grandmother who lost her entire family in the unexplainable event.
NOW, ALICE HAS gathered a group of friends with varied experience to film a documentary and try to find out what really happened. They are the first in fifty years to step foot in Silvertjärn, though once they arrive they slowly realize that might not be the case.
PARALLEL TO THE unsettling events happening to Alice and her friends, the perspective of her great-grandmother Elsa unveils another hair-raising story: the true story of what happened in Silvertjärn back in the fifties.
ABOUT THE BOOK
To be published by Norstedts, Sweden 2019 est. 320 pages
RIGHTS SOLD TO
Australia, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s
Canada, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s
Czech Republic, Metafora
Estonia, Eesti Raamat
France, Editions du Seuil
Germany, HarperCollins Germany
Latvia, Jumava Publishing
The Netherlands, Karakter Uitgevers
New Zealand, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s
UK, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s
USA, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s
Sweden, Nordisk Film
“In flashbacks we get to follow a woman’s observations concerning the mine that’s closing, the crazy woman and the mysterious new minister. The past and the present is intertwined to perfection in this brilliant thriller.”
– Staffan Wilsson in Femina.
“The Lost Village is the most thrilling thing I’ve read in a long time. Wow! It’s impossible to stop reading. This book was so scary that it made want to put it down but the excitement and the mystery kept me going. Sten captures the calm and isolation of the countryside but at the same she fills every shadowy nook and cranny with unease. The storytelling is straightforward and yet very subtle and through this Sten manages to lull me into a sort of calm which results in me being unprepared every time something unexpected happens. My pulse was high and my senses sharp from start to finish.” // Veckans Boktips (Instagram)
“The book has a whisper of Steven King, Neil Spring and CJ Tudor. I was captivated throughout as the writing is sharp and compelling. Brilliantly paced and execute, I really enjoyed this”
– The Book Trail
“It’s not every day that you get to witness a new international breakthrough but it’s amazing when you do. Camilla Sten has written a lot of great things previously but with her latest book, The Lost Village, she is guaranteed to reach international stardom. It’s too lazy to just describe her as a new Stephen King because she is so much more than that. The Lost Village establishes a kind of nordic horror that holds the reader in it’s grip but at the same time has something very important to say about threats that are all too real in today’s society. Camilla Sten has the ability to build up and highlight the possible threat in an everyday milieu, her five main characters develops into three dimensional individuals, formed by their own individual stories that result in complicated relationships in the tiny group that form around the main protagonist Alice. It’s been a while since I’ve been as hooked on a new book as I am right now. Read The Lost Village and witness a new international star being born.” // Anders Kapp (Kapprakt)
“I read this book in one go – it’s a wonderfully suggestiv Swedish horror novel! Sten describes the abandoned and forgotten society of Silvertjärn in a way that makes you feel as if you were actually there. The horror slowly builds up throughout the book, which is nice because it’s never to much on the nose. The interplay between the characters is also very intriguing and adds nicely to the tension and the atmosphere of the book. This is really good!! I hope that Sten continues to write more horror in the future.” // Läsa & Lyssna