Author who has been called Sweden´s answer to Stephen King by The Daily Mirror, a Nordic horror master who leaves his readers terrified yet craving more. Born in 1968, he grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb to Stockholm. He wanted to become something awful and fantastic and started as a conjurer (and came in second in the Nordic card trick championship!). Then he was a stand-up comedian for twelve years before finding his true calling – writing.

John Ajvide Lindqvist has something that nearly all of us lack – an imagination that seems almost limitless and a fabulous language, something that tempts you to laugh in the middle of the darkness and creates new worlds. Something that makes you allow him to take you by the hand and lead you into the unknown.

John Ajvide Lindqvist has written novels, stage plays and tv drama. His novels have reached readers in over 25 countries and he has recevied several awards such as The Selma Lagerlöf Literary Prize, the GP Literary Award and Best Novel in Translation (Norway). He has been shortlisted for the August Prize and the Prize in Literature of the Swedish National Radio.

Stephen King in an interview in The New York Times, June 4, 2015, when asked, ”Do you enjoy fiction in translation?”:  ”…And of course the wonderful John Ajvide Lindqvist.”



2015 Shortlisted for the August Prize

2008 GP Literary Award

2008 The Selma Lagerlöf Literary Prize

2006 Shortlisted for the Prize in Literature of the Swedish National Radio

2005 Best Novel in Translation (Norway)




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Multiple awards for Border!

30 January 2019

The movie Border, based on the short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, received multiple prizes at the Swedish Guldbagge Awards. Six in total, including Best Picture, Best actress in a leading role and Best actor in a supporting role to name a few. Huge congratulations to John and the whole team behind the movie.


Border for the Academy Awards

30 August 2018

Sweden has selected Ali Abbasi’s Cannes winner “Border”, based on a John Ajvide Lindqvist’s as its entry for best foreign-language film at this year’s 91st Academy Awards. The Swedish Film Institute announced the choice Tuesday. The film was chosen by the seven members of the Swedish Oscar Committee, which was presided over by Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. “Border” saw its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard...


Cannes award for Border!

22 May 2018

The movie "Border", based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's short story Gräns and directed by film maker Ali Abbasi, has won the Cannes film festival prize Un Certain Regard. It is a genre-bending Nordic puzzler and it emerged victorious in a varied international field of 18 titles from newcomers and established festival favorites alike, with Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Meryem Benm’Barek’s “Sofia,” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “The Dead and the Others” and...


Hedlund Literary Agency welcomes John Ajvide Lindqvist!

19 April 2018

Hedlund Agency proudly welcomes John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of the international best seller Let the right one in. Ajvide Lindqvist, named ”the new Stephen King” by The Times, is one of Sweden’s greatest storytellers, mixing tenderly human and realistic tales with thrilling horror. His works are published in 33 countries.