The Swedish language has produced three truly great fantasists. Two are internationally reknowned: Astrid Lindgren (with Pippi Longstocking) and Tove Jansson (with Moomin). The third, Erik GranstrÃ¶m, is almost exclusively known among Swedish gaming nerds like myself. From 1987 to 1994 he published a series of wildly innovative adventure and background books for the Swedish role-playing game Drakar och Demoner. GranstrÃ¶m’s material soared miles above the fare us ex-kobolds were used to, particularly the 1988 travelogue/novella that introduced us to the islands of Trakoria. I game-mastered the whole suite of adventures and we had a great time.
In 2004, GranstrÃ¶m published a lovely meaty novel based on his gaming work, Svavelvinter, “Sulphur Winter” (somebody, get it published in a big language!). A sequel is currently in the works, and GranstrÃ¶m is feeling the need to toss out some ideas to see who salutes. So with shaking hands, this fanboy types the magic words: Erik GranstrÃ¶m is blogging.
Update same day: The novel is being translated into French. Allons, enfants!