Kevin J. Anderson – the foreword author for Soft Matter.

Kevin J. Anderson – the foreword author for Soft Matter.

kevin j. anderson writes the Foreword for soft matter  

We are very proud to present the foreword author for Soft Matter. His name is Kevin J Anderson.

Kevin J. Anderson has published 150 books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. In 2012 he launched his humorous horror series of mysteries featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., who has starred in five novels and numerous short stories, even a graphic novel. Anderson has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, Dune, and DC Comics universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, and the Saga of Shadows trilogy. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press. 

– I first read Kevin J Anderson as a teenager. Being a Star Wars fan, the anthology series Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba’s Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters was mandatory reading. There are very few writers I would consider as versatile as Kevin, and having him collaborate with us on Soft Matter, almost 25 years later, is truly a dream come true, says Magnus Lekberg, co-founder of The Dark North.

Soft Matter is a chilling story about a Swedish family, where the son – a soldier – ends up in an irreversible coma, and the father – a respected neurosurgeon – loses everything but his mind. A top secret medical facility in the United States offers them a startling solution, and their decisions will end up affecting them for the rest of their lives.

In a stunning blend of science fact and fiction, psychology and existentialism, Soft Matter explores what it is to be human, even if your body isn’t your own.

2018 marks the 200 year anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein– the first science fiction novel – and we at the Dark North only saw it fitting to bring these eternal questions into new light. Pär’s tragic – but also inspiring – tale of a family in ruins makes something of a Frankenstein for the 21st century.

For Soft Matter, Pär did extensive research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology and put these scientific fields in the face of a terrifying opportunity. The result is a mesmerizing story, with a premise that may very well end up a reality in our near future.

You can pre-order the book here.

 
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artists

Artist #1: Henrik Pettersson. Click here to read more.

 

Artist #2: Lukas Thelin. Click here to read more.

 

Artist #3: Magnus Olsson. Click here to read more.

 
 
  Artist #4:  Joakim Ericsson.   Click   here   to read more.

Artist #4: Joakim Ericsson. Click here to read more.

 
  Artist #5:  Peter Bergting.   Click   here   to read more.

Artist #5: Peter Bergting. Click here to read more.

 
 
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Frequently asked questions

 

Section: Concept and brand

What is The Dark North? 
- The Dark North is a fantasy, horror and science fiction art book anthology series. In it, concept artists and illustrators will have the opportunity to show never before published original artwork, in a premium coffee table book. The purpose of The Dark North project is to showcase the wonderful work of these talents to the world, to allow new audiences to find and explore the creativity and talent of Nordic fantasy, science fiction and horror artists.

What is the connection to Scandinavia/Northern Europe?
- Currently, the connection is two-fold: Firstly, The Dark North brand embodies the special physical and emotional ambiance of Northern Europe. The harsh winds that brush landscapes of dark woods, ice-age beaten mountains and deep lakes carry a melancholy tune into the minds of the land’s rough-hewn inhabitants. The contrasting seasons - endless light and days of total darkness - has produced a certain ambiance, present in many facets of our creative landscape. You can see it in the clothes we design and wear, the music we create and the furniture we build. This also permeates the creative scene in Scandinavia, which encapsulates themes like mythology, the long night and the physical landscapes of the north, but also the landscapes in mankind’s own souls. Secondly, The Dark North - Volume 1 is primarily a showcase for Swedish artists. Our intention with the  books and on darknorthart.com is to expand beyond the confines of Swedish creativity to find visions from all around northern Europe.

Who are the artists featured in The Dark North Volume 1?
- Have a look at the artist section.

When will The Dark North Volume 1 be released?
- Volume 1 of The Dark North is already released. You can order the book in the ”store”-section.

How much is the book?
- 39 USD.

How much is the shipping?
- USA - 10 USD
- Sweden - 10 USD
- UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Austria and Czech Republic - 19 USD
- France, Spain, Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Monaco, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Åland - 25 USD
- Norway - 29 USD
- Switzerland, Italy, Portugal - 32 USD
- Lituania - 35 USD
- Rest of the world - 39 USD

Will there be a Volume 2 of The Dark North?
- The Dark North is an anthology series and we intend to release several volumes of spectacular art with themes tied to the northern darkness.

Where are all the women?
– The fantasy, horror and sci-fi genres are dominated by men. Our project carries the same curse. We won’t excuse ourselves for who we are, but we will actively work to involve female contributors in The Dark North. We are already talking to some very talented women, and we can’t wait to get them involved!

 

Section: Kickstarter

What is a Kickstarter campaign?
– Kickstarter is a way of funding creative projects, by allowing the creators of the project to secure financial security through interested backers. A successful Kickstarter campaign means the project will be launched and the level of success determines the quality of and additions to the product itself. Read more here https://www.kickstarter.com.

When will the Kickstarter campaign be launched?
– The campaign was launched in October 2015 and raised more than 38,000 USD.

 

Section: How to interact with us?

What do I do if I am a kick-ass artist and want to contribute?
- If you are interested in participating in future volumes of The Dark North, please send an email to info@darknorthart.com. Preferably, this email should contain a link to a page with your CV and examples of your artwork to date. If some of the artwork is not indicative of the work you do today, please state so clearly. The team behind The Dark North will contact you with further information. Please do not email repeatedly asking for information about your submissions.

I am a member of the press and want to write about or showcase The Dark North; what do I do?
- Any press enquires should be directed to info@darknorthart.com. Someone from our team will be in touch with you to discuss details.

I have other ideas on how to make The Dark North even better; what do I do?
- Please contact our team at info@darknorthart.com and let us know about your ideas. We are always looking for new ways to improve.

Who are behind The Dark North?
- Read more about the people behind The Dark North here.

ABOUT

The Dark North is a fantasy, horror and science fiction anthology book series giving concept artists and illustrators the opportunity to show never before published original artwork.

In this volume, five extraordinary Swedish artists present their own, unique visions of The Dark North, visions grown in the fertile soil of the Swedish gaming industry. New perspectives on established myths, glimpses into worlds both in the far future and in our dreams, and a peek behind the veil that is the northern darkness. This is how we guide you.

the team behind the dark north

  Magnus Lekberg   Magnus is our creative director and he is a media producer and filmmaker. Together with his brother Anders, Magnus has been an active driver and catalyst in the Swedish role-playing gaming industry over the past few years. Magnus was  also the initiator of Simon Stålenhag’s international book success “Tales from the Loop”, and directed all films for their recent successful Kickstarter campaign.

Magnus Lekberg

Magnus is our creative director and he is a media producer and filmmaker. Together with his brother Anders, Magnus has been an active driver and catalyst in the Swedish role-playing gaming industry over the past few years. Magnus was  also the initiator of Simon Stålenhag’s international book success “Tales from the Loop”, and directed all films for their recent successful Kickstarter campaign.

  Robert Henrysson   Robert is the project leader for The Dark North, focusing on PR, sales and partnerships. He has a long history of working with startups and has been a founder and president of several computer gaming companies including Filimundus, Jadestone and Winterstone Games. An avid gamer, Robert founded the Gaming Magazine SAGA and served on the board of Sverok – The Swedish Gaming Federation.

Robert Henrysson

Robert is the project leader for The Dark North, focusing on PR, sales and partnerships. He has a long history of working with startups and has been a founder and president of several computer gaming companies including Filimundus, Jadestone and Winterstone Games. An avid gamer, Robert founded the Gaming Magazine SAGA and served on the board of Sverok – The Swedish Gaming Federation.

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     Per-Erik is our visual designer, responsible for the graphic design and production of the book. Setting his goals for this project extremely high, Per-Erik builds his vision of the design for The Dark North - Volume 1 on his background as an art director and designer for several leading Swedish newspapers and magazines. Per-Erik is also a composer, so be on the lookout for some “tunes from The Dark North” in time.. .

Per-Erik Sundström

Per-Erik is our visual designer, responsible for the graphic design and production of the book. Setting his goals for this project extremely high, Per-Erik builds his vision of the design for The Dark North - Volume 1 on his background as an art director and designer for several leading Swedish newspapers and magazines. Per-Erik is also a composer, so be on the lookout for some “tunes from The Dark North” in time...

  Martin Dunelind   Martin is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, whose texts accompany the artwork in the book. Standing out as an exciting new profile in the new generation of genre authors in the Swedish RPG- and fantasy literature landscape, he is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and has written for role-playing games and several magazines. Oh, and he’s newly married.

Martin Dunelind

Martin is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, whose texts accompany the artwork in the book. Standing out as an exciting new profile in the new generation of genre authors in the Swedish RPG- and fantasy literature landscape, he is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and has written for role-playing games and several magazines. Oh, and he’s newly married.

  Fredrik Malmberg   Fredrik is a film and television producer and the founder of Cabinet Entertainment. He co-founded and served as CEO for Target Games, Tradition, Äventyrsspel, Casper, and Paradox Interactive in Sweden and expanded its operations into North America and mainland Europe. Fredrik has overseen the development of well-known intellectual properties such as “Mutant Chronicles”, “Solomon Kane” and “Conan the Barbarian”.

Fredrik Malmberg

Fredrik is a film and television producer and the founder of Cabinet Entertainment. He co-founded and served as CEO for Target Games, Tradition, Äventyrsspel, Casper, and Paradox Interactive in Sweden and expanded its operations into North America and mainland Europe. Fredrik has overseen the development of well-known intellectual properties such as “Mutant Chronicles”, “Solomon Kane” and “Conan the Barbarian”.

  Anders Lekberg    1979-2015  Anders was, until his passing, project manager on this project and one of its initiators. He was a true storyteller, who eventually made a day job out of his hobby: roleplaying games, as a producer as well a distributor. Combine this with several years in sales management and team leadership, and his impact on The Dark North can not be overestimated. This book is for you, Anders.

Anders Lekberg

1979-2015
Anders was, until his passing, project manager on this project and one of its initiators. He was a true storyteller, who eventually made a day job out of his hobby: roleplaying games, as a producer as well a distributor. Combine this with several years in sales management and team leadership, and his impact on The Dark North can not be overestimated. This book is for you, Anders.

Press

Here you find hi-res images of the artists and some of their work. 

Peter Bergting

 

Henrik Pettersson.

Joakim Ericsson.

Magnus Olsson.

Image for ”The Dark North - Volume 1” by Joakim Ericsson.

Image for ”The Dark North - Volume 1” by Lukas Thelin.

Image for ”The Dark North - Volume 1” by Henrik Pettersson.

Lukas Thelin.

Robert Henrysson.

Image for ”The Dark North - Volume 1” by Peter Bergting.

Image for ”The Dark North - Volume 1” by Magnus Olsson.