Archive for the ‘The Great Lake Monster’ Category


Holiday on its last few days here. I have not travelled at all this year, not even a concert (and I could have seen Deep Purple and Black Sabbath had I wanted to!). And I like it. Instead I have been taken it easy here in Jämtland County (Sweden), one of the most gorgeous places on this earth. So I opted to do another trip on the old trusted bicycle today in good company, and our goal was to check out the island of Frösön in Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake, home of Storsjöodjuret, The Great Lake Monster). Now this is where I grew up, part of this island is like part of town, but with a couple of bridges separating Frösön from the town of Östersund. Then you have a large mountain and on the other side of that an airport. Used to be part military, part civilian but it is all civilian now. Did my stint in the Air Force there back in the day. But this part of the island also has a beautiful church and some areas out back with incredible nature that people never see. That was the goal, to check out the area we had never seen, and to have a good day in the sun taking a few snapshots on the way.


Took this shot of an outdoor bath (what you see here is only a small part of it) that has closed down now, so this will soon be gone I suppose. What a pity, I mean the kids can certainly appreciate a place like this. I used to spend a lot of time there as a kid, and I have to admit that I was unaware of what this place looked like now. This homage to The Great Lake Monster (or Storsie) came as a bit of a surprise. Glad to capture it on film while it still stands.


Once we arrived on the furthest point of the island, we headed into the woods towards the shoreline. Soon there was only a thin trail that was pretty hard to move through but we did so anyhow and boy was this a great decision. A deer passed us by very close. Fantastic nature, lovely cottages by the lake with grand views for miles and miles. I guess we spent a couple of hours checking it all out and at my age (55) it started to get a little rough. All in all we spent nearly six hours on this little trip and it was brilliant.

On the way home I wanted to buy some beverage at a hotel and guess what, they did not accept cash. This civilization is clearly going to hell. Still, great day and I do feel lucky to have so much so close to where I reside. I think these snapshots says it all.

(Thank you Seth for a good day).


Wherever you go in these parts (Jämtland County, Sweden) around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake), you will find stuff that reminds you of Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster, also called Storsie outside of Sweden). I took this snapshot the other day. But more importantly, people report sightings every single year, and most people in these parts knows somebody that has a story. Everybody has heard something from a member of the family or from somebody at work or whatever, that is just the way it is.

On June 2, a group of tourists took a film that they have now uploaded on YouTube. It made the news in local and national media a few days ago. The witnesses can´t believe that they are seeing something big, and in this lake of all places. In THE lake. No fish is that big.

View the film here.


The hunt for the infamous Loch Ness Monster goes on, and if you have an interest in this subject you may want to check out UK publication Fortean Times (issue 341, June 2016) this month. I think we have more sightings in Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) of Storsjöodjuret (The Great Lake Monster) though. More on this soon.

Nice cover.


I attended the annual Great Lake Monster (also known as Storsie) Conference tonight, and this year it was held in my home town Östersund (Jämtland County). The Conference is moved to hamlets and towns around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) and this was the first time I ever visited a meeting close to where I reside myself. I guess about 50 people turned up, we had about 10 witnesses telling their stories (I was one of them) and local media was there to cover the event – the journalist filmed a few interviews, I showcase one image here (bottom right) in which witness Anders Ek recalls his experience with something unusual in this lake when he was a kid (the story can be found on this blog). Photographs was on display and all in all it was a good night. Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to The Great Lake Monster Association) is doing a fine job.

The mystery lives on.


It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.


Midsummer has arrived and I think that this old cover of MAD (Swedish edition, July-August 1969) shows pretty much what the locals around here (in Jämtland County) are up against. After weeks of having endured cold winds and rain, we can actually enjoy the sun this morning. But if you want to take a bath in The Great Lake (Storsjön), you need to man up and be a Viking to endure the cold water. And on top of that, it also goes without saying that you also have to worry about The Great Lake Monster (Storsjöodjuret) getting too close for confort. So, plenty of obstacles, but you can always stay on land, dress funny and dance around the nearest dressed up tree, topping the day off with traditional food and eventually pass out as a result of a major intake of alcoholic beverages (still basking) in the midninght sun. I´m not kidding, the Russians could invade us this weekend and nobody would really know about it until monday morning.

I´ll actually work this weekend and since nobody in this country really wants to do that I´ll make good money too. It´s OK though, my holiday is coming up soon.


Got this in the mail the other day, Odjursbladet 1 2015 (translates roughly to Monster Newsletter), and we´re talking about the regularly printed membership newsletter of Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (Great Lake Monster Association), still going strong after all these years. It´s a 4 page affair, with the latest sightings of The Great Lake Monster (also called Storsie), and the goings on of the Society. I thought that it could be fun for you guys to see this, and that this really is an ongoing thing.


The image at the front of this newsletter was taken by Kjell Oskarsson last Autumn from the mountain at Frösön (the Island located opposite the town of Östersund), and it´s one of many strange photographs taken in this lake (Storsjön – The Great Lake) over the years. Is it just two waves meeting creating these movements in the water on this image, or did Kjell catch something else? We´ll never know.

It´s quite interesting though, isn´t it?