Welcome to Stephen King’s uncanny world where anything could happen. Follow the brutal tale of a murder, and witness humanity’s relationship to its own guilt. Disappear into a dark fantasy story where two youths disappear without a trace, or visit the old friends whose secrets suddenly threaten to kill them both. Novellix’s Augusti launch, featuring short stories by Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Karin Tidbeck and John Ajvide Lindqvist, covers a timespan that reaches from the 1800’s and into the current 2000’s.
“Seldom have we been able to accomplish such a wide variety of texts in one launch. We are very proud of being able to gather such talented authors, who are all such masters of capturing that creepiness – but in entirely different ways,” says Erika Palmquist, publisher at Novellix.
The author Karin Tidbeck was first published in Swedish in 2010, but it was not until her short story collection Jagannath (2012) was released in English that she had a considerable breakthrough – especially in the US. The cover of Jagannath is embellished with a celebratory blurb from the sci-fi and fantasy icon Ursula K. Le Guin, who said that Tidbeck’s short stories were ”unclassifiable— quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender.” Tidbeck has recently had her English short story ’Anywhere Out of the World’ published in Swedish by Novellix, translated by the author herself, under the title of ’Lussiferda’. ’Lussiferda’ is a dark fantasy story with notable streaks of horror, while at the same time acting as a nostalgic retro perspective of the 90’s goth culture.
In the fall of 2014, Novellix published Speciella Omständigheter [Special Circumstances, yet to be translated to English] by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and now ’Nattrodd’ is on its way, which is another story exclusively written for the publisher. In ’Nattrodd’, a macabre agreement is made when someone from the dark past suddenly appears in two friends’ idyllic archipelago lives. John Ajvide Lindqvist is often compared to the next author in line for this launch – the living legend, Stephen King, who is also an inspiration to Ajvide Lindqvist. This seems to be more or less mutual, as well, considering King has mentioned the Swede as one of his favorite authors. Stephen King does not need much of an introduction – since his debut publication Carrie in 1974, he has written more than 50 novels and over 200 short stories, and his work has sold close to 350 million copies around the world. In ’Under the Weather’ the reader is pulled into a bizarre world where anything could happen – in true King-spirit. The short story was published in the US in 2011, but has never been translated into Swedish before.
What would a horror collection be without Edgar Allan Poe? It’s the second time Novellix publishes Poe’s work – 2013 they published ’The Fall of the House of Usher’ – and now ’The Black Cat’ is next in line, with an updated translation by Helena Hansson.
Four horror short stories from Novellix: Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Karin Tidbeck, Edgar Allan Poe.
Cover designs: Lisa Benk
Release date: 22/8 2018
No 119 Stephen King – ‘Under the Weather’ in translation as ‘Lite Krasslig, Bara’ by Lena Jonsson
No 120 John Ajvide Lindqvist – ‘Nattrodd’
No 121 Karin Tidbeck – ‘Lussiferda’
No 122 Edgar Allan Poe – ‘The Black Cat’ in translation as ‘Den Svarta Katten’ by Helena Hansson