MATS STRANDBERG

You will love his characters – and fear for their lives

Horror fiction
The Home

The Home


Blood Cruise

Blood Cruise


Half Lives

Half Lives

YA fiction
THE END

THE END

Children's fiction
The Monster in the Night

The Monster in the Night


The Monster at the Circus

The Monster at the Circus


The Monster and the Humans

The Monster and the Humans

YA fiction, written together with Sara B. Elfgren
The Circle

The Circle


Fire

Fire


The Key

The Key

Rights sold and awards

Rights sold for adult fiction
Brazil
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Norway
Poland
Sweden
Turkey
UK

Film rights
Blood Cruise: Silvio Entertainments
The Home: [sic] film, Sweden

Rights sold for YA fiction
Finland
Norway
Sweden

Rights sold for The Monster in the Night
Denmark
The Faroe Islands
Finland
Israel
Norway
Poland
Sweden

Rights sold for The Engelsfors Trilogy
Belgium
Brazil
The Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
The Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Korea
Latvia
Lithuania
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Thailand
Turkey
UK

Film rights Engelsfors Trilogy
RMV Film

Awards:
Fire – Book Jury Prize 2012
Fire – Great Reader’s Prize 2012
The Circle – Book Bloggers Literary Prize 2011
The Circle – Book Jury Prize 2011
The Circle – Great Reader’s Prize 2011
The Circle – Icelandic Book Sellers Award 2012
Half Lives – Book of the Year, QX 2009

Mats Strandberg has always loved horror. He preferred the Grimm fairytales over the Disney versions, and when he was ten years old he discovered Stephen King. He readily left the children’s books to explore vampires, evil clowns and rabid dogs. He devoured these terrifying stories with much gusto (while breaking out in stress-related hives).

He grew up in Fagersta, a small industrial town in Sweden. When he was 16, he moved by himself to Stockholm to become a journalist. He has since worked with newspapers, magazines, television and internet. In 2004, he recieved the prestigious award Columnist of the Year. In 2005-2013, he wrote weekly columns in Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest newspaper.

The debut novel Hunting Season was published in 2006. It focused on relationships, and were met with glowing reviews. Mats Strandberg’s commercial breakthrough came in 2011, when the YA novel The Circle hit stores. The book, written together with Sara B. Elfgren, was the first part of the Engelsfors Trilogy. The epic story of teenage witches in a small industrial town, chosen to save the world from the apocalypse, was an instant success both critically and commercially. Today it has been translated to over 25 languages, and in 2015 the film version premiered, produced by the father-son team of Benny Andersson (of ABBA fame) and Ludvig Andersson.

In 2015, it all came to a full circle, so to speak. Mats Strandberg returns to the genre that made him fall in love with books in the first place. He has called the horror novel Blood Cruise ”Stephen King at sea”. Just as with the Engelsfors Trilogy, he mixes social realism with the supernatural. This time the setting is a large cruise ship that travels between Sweden and Finland. In the middle of the cold Baltic Sea, in the middle of the night, there is nowhere to run.

His second horror novel, The Home, secured his spot as the master of horror. The Home takes place in a nursing home for the elderly, and it is an eerie story with less gore. Mats has compared it to “a mix of The Exorcist and Cocoon”.

Regardless of genre, Mats Strandberg has been praised for his sharp eye for character and dialogue. His characters are created with a large portion of psychological insight. They are never purely ”good” or ”evil”, but always relatable and believable. His novels are carefully plotted, the stories weaved with precision and confidence in the universe he has created.

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World of Engelsfors

Bibliography adult fiction

2017 – The Home (Hemmet), horror novel
2015 – Blood Cruise (Färjan), horror novel
2009 – Half Lives (Halva liv), novel

Bibliography YA & children’s fiction

2018 – The End (Slutet), YA apocalypse

2017 – The Monster and the Humans (Monstret och människorna), children horror novel
2016 – The Monster at the Circus (Monstret på cirukusen), children horror novel
2016 – The Monster in the Night (Monstret i natten), children horror novel

The Engelsfors Trilogy, written together with Sara B. Elfgren

2013 – The Key (Nyckeln),  YA fantasy novel
2013 – Tales From Engelsfors (Berättelser från Engelsfors), Sara B. Elfgren, Mats Strandberg and illustrators Kim W. Andersson, Karl Johnsson, Lina Neidestam, graphic novel
2012 – Fire (Eld), YA fantasy novel
2011 – The Circle (Cirkeln), YA fantasy novel

Readers comments

”The author is often compared with Stephen King in Scandinavia, but I actually think he is better with characters and plotting.”

“If you like Stephen King (and I do) then you will enjoy this book. Basically people in crisis but with nowhere to go. Very believable characters that come across as regular folk like us (most anyway) and that’s its charm. It’s scary, it’s blood and it’s hard to put down! Enjoy!”

“This is one heck of a big read.”

“This summer I have read Mats Strandberg’s Bood Cruise as a daily serial in Svenska Dagbladet. It has been the best serial I have read, more exciting and well written than those by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson and Liza Marklund.”

Author photo

Henric Lindsten
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