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.

Soft Matter funded on Kickstarter

You guys has made a dream come true for us, but more importantly for debut writer Pär Karlsson. We are all eternally grateful for your support during this campaign.

And what a ride it has been! Not only will the novel see the light of day, but all of our stretch goals have been reached: a foreword, a bookmark and last but not least five illustrations by the inimitable Joakim Ericsson.

While Pär puts the final touches to his story and Joakim starts working on the illustrations, The Dark North Team will now get going on our to-do list, with means printing books and art prints, get our trusted distributor up to speed and the wonderful task of creating medical reports and mystery boxes.

We really love you guys for making this happen, and promise to keep you posted every step of the way.

New Science Fiction Novel from The Dark North

 
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Following the successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the narrative art book The Dark North – Volume 1, we are now dipping our toes in uncharted waters with science fiction novel Soft Matter, by Swedish debut writer Pär Karlsson.

It’s achilling 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.

The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Soft Matter will go live on April 11.

 

Dark Friday – 50% off

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Black Friday is upon us! All across the world, shoppers brave the dark nights to find the deal of a lifetime. But why venture outside, when you can find that deal right here?

From Friday the 24th of November to Friday the 1st of December, the first edition of The Dark North volume 1 will be available at half prize 19,5 USD (approx. 165 SEK) in our web store, for Swedish customers only.

The Dark North volume 1 is a luxurious art book featuring art by five of Sweden's foremost concept and graphic artists - Peter Bergting, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Mojo Olsson, Henrik Pettersson, Lukas Thelin - accompanied by prose from upcoming writer Martin Dunelind. The book is over 200 pages of science fiction, horror, and fantasy art and stories, enough to whet the appetite of any fan of the genres.

So! Black Friday! Buy The Dark North for your friends and family! Half prize! Click here!

Dark Horse Comics releases The Dark North

On September 27th, 2017, renowned publisher and comic book industry giant Dark Horse Comics will release The Dark North worldwide. The release presents an opportunity for a wider audience to experience some of Sweden’s premier concept artists and illustrators.

The concept of The Dark North was created one late night in a warehouse filled with books and games. In the fall of 2015, the concept was realized, as a successful Kickstarter was held allowing Charles Wood Publishing AB to release the book in September 2016. One year later, Dark Horse Comics will release the book, with a new gorgeous cover. This is the next step for The Dark North, in our quest to bring the northern darkness to all corners of the world.

The full press release:

DARK HORSE VENTURES INTO “THE DARK NORTH”

Illustrated Prose Novel from Sweden’s Best Illustrators and Concept Artists Available Worldwide in Fall 2017

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 18, 2017)—Dark Horse and Charles Wood Publishing AB are excited to terrify more readers with The Dark North! Originally crowdfunded for publication in 2016, this illustrated prose-art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy.

Writer Martin Dunelind composes The Dark North’s five enthralling tales. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists—including Peter Bergting (Baltimore: The Red Kingdom), Henrik Pettersson (concept artist on Minecraft at Mojang), Joakim Ericsson (concept artist at Starbreeze Studios), Magnus Olsson (Neotech RPG), and Lukas Thelin (Western RPG, Lone Wolf RPG). Lukas Thelin also creates the beautiful cover. With a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker, this anthology is sure to delight and terrify any horror fan in equal measure.

Robert Henrysson—one of the instigators of The Dark North comments: “We set out to give the world a peek into the amazing Scandinavian art of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and when Dark Horse joined in we knew we had succeeded. We can't wait to see the reader response!”

The Dark North goes on sale September 27, 2017, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House, and Things From Another World.

 

The Dark North at the Göteborg Book Fair

Lukas Thelin and Per-Erik Sundström at the Göteborg Book Fair.

As you might have seen on our Facebook page, The Dark North was at the Göteborg Book Fair during the past weekend. Four out of five artists signed copies of the books, and three of the project team members were there to push the book.

The Book Fair truly was the experience of a lifetime. It was a great opportunity to meet fans both old and new, and showcase The Dark North. Seeing our book surrounded by a whole table of fantastic art books from Johan Egerkrans, Simon Stålenhag and Peter Bergting was truly awe inspiring. Only a few years ago these kinds of projects would not have been possible, and it is thanks to you, the fans and backers of these books, that they are a reality today.

Thank you to our friends at SF-bokhandeln for making our participation at the fair possible, and for their immense support of our project.

”The Dark North - Volume 1” is released!

September 22nd marks the official release of the retail version of The Dark North - Volume 1, and the book is now available in our web shop and in SF-bokhandeln in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö.

It has been a long, winding road from the inception of the project to the finished book, with many obstacles that have been circumvented by our team and our artists. It has been a great learning experience that has prepared us for future endeavors.

- We are extremely proud of the finished product. The result of our labor is a book that we believe lives up to and even exceeds our expectations, and we truly hope that it will speak to you as well, says Magnus Lekberg, creative director at Charles Wood Publishing.

The Dark North team would like to take this opportunity to once again thank our Kickstarter backers who have made this project possible. We are thankful beyond words.

So what is up next for The Dark North? 
Members of our team and some of our artists are at the Göteborg Book Fair this weekend, showcasing the book alongside our friends at SF-bokhandeln, Sweden’s premiere science fiction and fantasy bookstore. We are also working on one of our Kickstarter stretch goals, which is a roleplaying setting in one of The Dark North worlds.
There are also other exciting things in the works, but for know those things are shrouded in the northern darkness. As soon as the veil lifts, we will let you know.

/The Dark North team

PRINTING COMMENCES

The day is finally here! Printing commences tomorrow Wednesday, August 17th.

Our creative director Magnus is heading down to the printers to oversee the print run! Due to paper delivery delays we are a couple of days behind schedule, but our printers Strokirk-Landström have worked really hard to cut all the lead times in the entire printing and binding process. So all in all, we got some extra time to fine-tune everything and are now still aiming to make up all the lost time and make deliveries to our Kickstarter backers as planned by the end of August and the first weeks of September.

Having come this far, we are of course extremely excited! We are extremely proud with the results so far, and now really look forward to sharing the book with you all!

The official release of the book is set for September 13th. We will then ship all pre-order copies of the book. About a week later, the book will be available in selected retail stores.

We will be visiting a number of venues and events showcasing the book and all the artwork this autumn. We hope we'll see you and get to talk to as many of you as possible!

All the best,

/The Dark North Team