John Ajvide Lindqvist is an author who has been called Sweden’s answer to Stephen King by The Daily Mirror, a Nordic horror master who leaves his readers terrified yet craving more. Born in 1968, he grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb too Stockholm. He wanted to become something awful and fantastic and started as a conjurer (and came in second in the Nordic card trick championship!). Then he was a stand-up comedian for twelve years before finding his true calling – writing.
John Ajvide Lindqvist has something that nearly all of us lack – an imagination that seems almost limitless and a fabulous language, something that tempts you to laugh in the middle of the darkness and creates new worlds. Something that makes you allow him to take you by the hand and lead you into the unknown.
John Ajvide Lindqvist has written novels, stage plays and TV-drama. His novels have reached readers in over 25 countries and he has received several awards such as The Selma Lagerlöf Literary Prize, the GP Literary Award and Best Novel in Translation (Norway). He has been shortlisted for the August Prize and the Prize in Literature of the Swedish National Radio.
Stephen King in an interview in The New York Times, June 4, 2015, when asked, ”Do you enjoy fiction in translation?”: ”…And of course the wonderful John Ajvide Lindqvist.”