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John Ajvide Lindqvist

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)

Published books


27 apr 2021

Book of the Year 2021 nomination for The Kindness!

The Kindness by John Ajvide Lindqvist is nominated for the Book of the Year 2021 Award” The Jury writes. “Spellbinding and frightfully good about human relations and compassion. A container is found in the harbour of Norrtälje. When it is opened coldness spreads around people and the every day kindness begins...

01 apr 2021

Quercus aquires world-English rights to The Kindness!

 We are very happy to announce that Jon Riley at riverrun, Quercus, has bought world English rights to John Ajvide Lindqvist’s magically thrilling novel The Kindness!  Publisher Jon Riley says:  "Let The Right One In, the extraordinary international bestseller which launched John Ajvide Lindqvist to the English-speaking world was published...

24 feb 2021

The Kindness!

The Kindness is flying off the shelves in Sweden – 15 000 copies sold in just a few weeks! And translation rights are now sold to Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland and Russia.

26 jan 2021

The Kindness – no 1 on the best seller list!

And loved by critics! “So good that it’s difficult to summarize in a few lines. … Despite its solid 720 pages, it is playfully effortless to get through. It is friendly, terrifying, funny, sad, disgusting, strange, suspenseful and quite amazing. A so-called reading experience. Overall rating: 5 out of 5.”BTJ...

17 dec 2020

The Kindness is on its way!

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s longed for, new book The Kindness will reach Swedish bookstores in January, just a few weeks away! “In one sense,  The Kindness is the gentlest thing I have written. In another sense, it’s the most disturbing. There is not a lot of violence or blood; instead there’s the unsettling premise that...

22 jun 2020

Love and Pokémon – in John Ajvide Lindqvist’s new novel

In March 2021 Sweden’s master of horror fiction, John Ajvide Lindqvist, is back with the novel The Kindness. It’s his biggest book to date and the kindest one he has written. It’s also the creepiest. After the Places Trilogy, which ended with the 2017 novel X – The Last Place, John Ajvide...

30 jan 2019

Multiple awards for Border!

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...

30 aug 2018

Border for the Academy Awards

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...

22 maj 2018

Cannes award for Border!

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...

19 apr 2018

Hedlund Literary Agency welcomes John Ajvide Lindqvist!

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.