John Ajvide Lindqvist
John Ajvide Lindqvist is a part of the Swedish horror scene through his many books on the subject. Before he debuted with the novel Let the right one in in 2004, he supported himself as a standup comedian and magician. It is as a writer, however, that he has been the most successful, and his first book was made into a film, in both a Swedish and an American version.
Ajvide Lindqvist is productive and has since debuting released several novels, all with a horror theme. Handling the Undead came out in 2005, Harbour 2008 and Little Star in 2010. He has also released several collections of short stories, as well as an e-book.
The books are in the horror genre but always mixed with social realistic elements which further strengthen Ajvide Lindqvist's depictions of the darker sides of human existence.
Ajvide Lindqvist has always been interested in music and often works with musical elements in his books. He also references the things that scares himself the most. He is a father and writes about children who disappear. His own father drowned and he writes about the sea as an evil force.
John Ajvide Lindqvist has been awarded the Selma Lagerlöf Prize for his writing. He was also awarded the Swedish film award, Guldbaggen, for the screenplay to the film Let the Right One in.
Today his books are published in 29 countries, including Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia and the United States.