Archive for April, 2014

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Got the new issue of UFO Aktuellt (1 2014) in the mail today, and I found the ad for the upcoming UFO-Expo in Östersund (Jämtland county) that I took some shots for a while back (see this blog). They used a small picture down to the left in the ad. The event will take place at Campus University on May 17 (Building F).

Members of UFO Sverige will have a closed meeting in the morning and the public will be able to see lectures from 13.00 right through the afternoon. Richard Svensson will start the day with a lecture on Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster) and its cousins around the world. Richard just happens to be the artist that has created the Montana Blue comic book version of my novel, I actually spotted his talents in UFO Aktuellt years ago. This is good timing, since the first part of this will be published in RETROFUTURE 7 within a week or two. With any luck, free copies could be picked up by interested parties at this event.

Other lecturers include Tobias Lindgren, Anders Berglund and the legendary Clas Svahn (author of many books). The first 50 to arrive will recieve a free book (nice touch).

Price of admission is 60 kronor.

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The history that surrounds Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster, also called Storsie outside Sweden) is long and full of interesting moments. In 1894, a local push to capture one of these animals created headlines. King Oscar II was interested in science and enjoyed to support expeditions and he actually put some money into the project. What happened next is quite interesting. For years, people tried in many ways to capture or kill an animal. One method was floating barrels with specially designed hunting equipment underneith. On one occation, witnesses saw a barrel disappear below the surface for about a minute. Upon investigating the equipment afterwards, they found scrapmarks in the metal, like they had been in contact with teeth. Eventually, all these barrels in the lake became a problem as accidents with local shipping started to appear. Steamer Carl XV was seriously damaged in a collision in 1899.

The hunt went on for about a decade. In 1897, Oscar II visited Östersund. In 1888, a professor from Uppsala was sent to the lake to investigate (payed by newspaper Aftonbladet). He wrote a series of articles that proclaimed that, in his opinion, the animal is real.

Hunting equipment from the day can still be seen at a local museum called Jamtli, but people have largely forgotten all about it. It is an interesting chapter in the history of this phenomenon though, and therefore I have decided to include an article about what happened and the Kings interest in RETROFUTURE 8. I feel that this needs to be highlighted again.

So work has now begun on the next issue.

Patricia Briggs campaign

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Books, Magazines

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I buy quite a lot of magazines, so I know how rare it is to spot a proper campaign about an author and a series of books. For this reason I was absolutely delighted when I saw this ad about Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson work in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (see last post). The new book, “Night Broken” is out in hardback. I have four books by Briggs in pocket format, and I really enjoy this scene. The paranormal stuff.

Good thinking from Ace Books.

 

Maleficent

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Magazines, TV & Movies

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Entertainment Weekly interviews Angelina Jolie about her part in Disney´s “Maleficent” (coming to a cinema near you about five weeks from now) in issue 1302 (March 14). I saw the first trailer a while back and decided that Angelina was stunning – plenty of charisma and cool. I will see this film at the movies.

This should be a winner.

Mojo_tv 

Michael Mojo Nilsson belted out the Swedish National Anthem at the televised match between Sweden and Norway in Hockey just moments ago. He really went for it, and with a voice like that, it was a beautiful thing.

Good job.

Led Zeppelin riding high

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Classic Rock, Magazines

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Another brilliant issue of Sweden Rock Magazine (4 2014), featuring Jimmy Page on the cover. Good interview with the man from Tony Balogh regarding the upcoming re-mastered editions of the first three Led Zeppelin albums (due out first week of June).

Good times.

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Scanning stuff for a Deep Purple documentary at the moment and I stumbled across my all time favourite articles on Deep Purple, the interviews with Ritchie Blackmore and Tommy Bolin in the November 1975 issue of CREEM magazine. They started in the middle of the magazine and went on from there. Steve Rosen did the Blackmore feature and Jeff Burger the Bolin thing.

These were exciting times.