(Go here to read the story first, if you prefer not being spoiled!)
Stenarna is the first story I present here. I’m sorry to say that it is only available in Swedish, so unless you know that, or you happen to enjoy that sort of thing, it won’t be worth downloading. Maybe I’ll translate it someday. This is the first short story I’ve finished in many years. It is an excursion into the realm of horror fiction, and it should be obvious to any reader familiar with this genre that the story is a Lovecraft tribute.
Trying to write a Lovecraftian story was a lot of fun, and gave me the rare opportunity of using an arrogant, pompous, and somewhat archaic voice that I enjoy tremendously. Those who know me know that I pounce at opportunities of pretentious expression, but that does not meant that the writing was quick. I am a terrible procrastinator, and also very picky when it comes to how what I write sounds, so I can put an inordinate amount of effort into finding what I perceive as just the right rhythm or word.
The origin of the story is a actually a dream I had. It introduced the stream with the pebbles and the character of young ms Raness, but not the main character or the rest of the setting. Like so many bad dreams the feeling of dread was at once completely irrational and very tangible. Only real masters of the genre can accurately capture this non-sensical fear, and I opted out by instead introducing props and a surrounding story to rely on.
I always enjoy thinking up a backdrop for stories — often that is all I manage to create before losing interest — and Stenarna is not an exception to this. Whether or not the details of these imagined worlds in which the stories are set actually come across in writing is, I think, largely irrelevant. On the other hand, when reading a story , if I cannot sense the subtle presence of something beneath the story, at least the possibility or traces of a wider landscape, the credibility and suspension of disbelief will soon be hanging by a thread. This is even more important for me as an author, but naturally I hope that some of the background work reaches the reader.
From Stenarna the most important instance of this is probably in history of the Raness family. As is hinted at in the story, ms Raness parents were both immigrants, and there are some hints in the story regarding where from. In principle there should be enough information accurately to pinpoint their nation and region of origin. Dare to hazard a guess..?