Swedish Cults written by Anders Fager and translated by Ian Lemke and Henning Koch
Paperback – Valancourt Books – 2022 – 232 pages
Forget everything you think you know about Sweden. In Anders Fager’s stories, Sweden is revealed as a place where dark and unimaginable things happen. Where deep in the woods bloody sacrifices are made to ancient and monstrous deities. Where two young people’s road trip to visit their grandmother takes a turn for the bizarre and nightmarish. Where a woman’s comfortable middle-class life is suddenly upended when her boyfriend develops a mysterious illness that leaves him with a constant erection and speaking in strange tongues. Where an avant garde artist discovers the veil that separates Stockholm from the shadowy city of Carcosa.
First published in Sweden in 2009, Swedish Cults has become an underground horror phenomenon in its native country and has also appeared in Italy and France, where its publisher described it as ‘Swedish Lovecraft on acid’. This first-ever English edition makes this cornerstone volume of modern Scandinavian horror available at long last to a wider audience.