Pär Karlsson

New Science Fiction Novel from The Dark North


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.