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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

You will love his characters - and fear for their lives

 

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.

 

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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Readers comments

"This summer I have read Mats Strandberg’s BLOOD 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."

 

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