A Battle against demons

a Nordic Horror Novel by Kjell-Vidar Åhman Teig

Welcome to Øyerstad

Robert

I find myself on a raft on Lake Mørkved, pursued by both the living and the dead. The muzzle of a gun pressed against my neck could save me from the Witch and Death but also prevent me from breaking the curse cast upon us all. How could things go this wrong?

Øyerstad

The sign welcoming you to Øyerstad is worn and torn, and if you blink, you might just miss it – the little village nestled deep in the forests of rural Norway. Everyone in Øyerstad thinks they know everyone in Øyerstad. They don’t.

The Circus

The Phantoms sway eerily outside the tent, where the scents of sweets, popcorn, grease, and oil mix with the stench of excrement. Hooves and claws scrape against iron grating. Something prowls out there, where light becomes dark, a deeper shadow within the shadows, ready to tear apart anything in its path.

A Battle Against Demons was previously released in Norwegian (En kamp mot demoner) in March 2023 and has received a lot of praise. Feel free to read more or rate the book at Goodreads.com

💀💀💀💀💀/5
“If you like dark tragedies you’ll like this one.

There are a lot of characters and the timeline shifts around, so you’ll want to pay close attention. The timeline shifts give you answers, to questions you have, as you go along in the story.

I was very emotionally attached to our main character Robert. Will recommend this to anyone that enjoys dark reads, stories about grief, trauma, addiction, or stories that involve secrets that need to be unravelled.

freakforfiction

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

“This was a tour de force of a novel. It was dark, and had you on the edge of your seat concerning whether what you were seeing was true or not. The setting was noir, and the tragedies and grief that the characters went through was palpable. Each new chapter reveals something you were wondering about in the previous one, or will be relevant in the next one or two. I can’t recommend this book enough to people who love dark tragedies or magic realism.
Giovanni Jacobs

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

“The character development and storytelling is fantastic, with the author doing a fantastic job of making you feel as though you are stuck in the 80s and 90s as the story unfolds. The revelation, when it comes, will leave you flipping back pages to see how you missed it.”

Read the whole review by John Watson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

“When I first spotted this book being promoted, the cover image and the title got my attention…

…The story jumps around between the past and the present as viewed by a various characters who are childhood friends and relatives, of memories, mysteries and of grief and loss, of childish beliefs and superstitions and uncovering the horrific truths as adults.”
paganfrogs_bookshelf

😈 😈 😈 😈 /5

“Firstly, the writing is really well done with fantastic characters, setting and pace. It reminded me of Stephen King’s earlier works and I appreciated how detailed it was with how deep it delved into characters and their backgrounds along with the coming of age aspect. It was a beautifully dark and tragic story with an interesting set up and executed to perfection. It was an exciting and original read. Fans of horror and mysteries will love it.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

😈 “…Demons” is a horror story at first look, and it’s full of monsters, human and not-so-human. But this book is also a coming-of-age family epic about greif, loss, regret, addiction. And it seems partly autobiographical. Reading this novel was highly nostalgic, and it triggered a lot of childhood memories i had forgotten. The story is also heartbraking, and a few tears fell while reading.
The story also feels a bit Stephen Kingy…
norwegian.horror.buff

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“I’ve never read anything like it! Kjell-Vidar writes terrifyingly and deeply personal about upbringing, family, grief, revenge, and the simple yet gruesome fact that as one gets older, the consequences of the choices one has made become clearer.

Right now, my husband is reading the book, and it’s so intriguing to see how it affects him. How he actually becomes thoughtful and a bit quiet after reading some chapters. The book evidently impacts people differently depending on their background and personal life experiences! In short, there’s wisdom on the pages of this book.”

Henning Øverby Klausen, skrekkruttskolen.no

Bokblogger.com, Kjell Magne Gjøsæter

“The book is almost written as an autobiography from the characters’ point of view. It’s a fascinating writing style that fully pays off in the end product. You get into their innermost thoughts and get to partake in how they react in given situations.”

“When finished reading the book, I can’t help but applaud this slightly daring setup. It’s original, but it works perfectly! It is well-thought-out and masterfully executed.”

“This book could easily become his breakthrough as an author, so here I hope that publishers and editors take the time to check out both the book and the author.”

Read the full review (NO)

MUSIC FROM ØYERSTAD

«They don’t see that Robert has Gene Simmons on his shirt, or that others have Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P., and Ozzy on theirs. The group of boys sing “The Number of the Beast”, to the teacher’s horror, and they play soccer.»

«…Teig writes with a nerve that keeps you on your toes the entire novel. You’re always on edge and uncomfortable, waiting for the next terrible thing to occur. It’s all thanks to his brilliant writing. I was born in the 2000s, yet I was pulled back to the 80s and 90s due to this amazing descriptions. It was so vivid. From the first page he lays out the setting so perfectly that I had no problem imagining anything.»… 

Full review @ bookedmybook (EN)

“The book hits you like a punch to the gut. In a good way. It’s a story about growing up, loss, grief, and anxiety. On the surface, it’s a pure horror story, and a darn good one at that. However, beneath the story lies an even more captivating family drama – a rural tragedy – which takes the reader on a chilling journey with autobiographical undertones. The book is filled with well-developed characters that one gets to know very well, and there’s a strong sense of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. It’s highly recommended.”
Per Ivar Hjeldsbakken Engevold, editor

“This is the first Norwegian horror novel for adults I’ve read. The book certainly has many dark and chilling elements, but I also found it filled with camaraderie, love, and especially loss and grief. The book is written in the first person, and we get the perspectives of several main characters, some from childhood to young adulthood. This ensures we become well acquainted with the cast of characters, something I appreciate. The story is set in the 80s and 90s, which I greatly enjoyed. Many fun memories came back as I read. I found the book intriguing and exciting and liked it very much. I highly recommend it, even for those who might typically avoid the horror genre. The book is so much more than that.”

@alicesfavoritebooks (NO)

📕📕📕📕📕/5! Coffebetweenlines 

“It’s wonderfully written – a unique writing style unlike anything else! A nostalgic journey back to the childhood of the 80s where the story suddenly becomes more dystopian and dark!”

 

“There are many surprising twists and you just have to read to see who survives it all. The book also addresses serious topics like bullying and suicide, family ties, and tragedies created by unforeseen forces in the form of demons. Filled with suspense and a chilling atmosphere! Highly recommended!”

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“‘A Battle Against Demons’ is… well, what should I say? Horror? Maybe thriller-horror, with undertones of interpersonal relationships, emotions, and imagination. It has a lot of linguistic humor and nostalgia (especially for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Seriously, if you grew up during that time, you should read this book just for the sake of reminiscing alone.)

In summary, this book is unlike any I’ve read before. It’s original in a really good way, the language is vivid, and the story captivates you. I highly recommend this one.”

I couldn’t read the book in bed. At times, it’s so creepy that I wouldn’t have been able to sleep… 😰 The book also touches on teenage infatuation, love for siblings and parents, grief, and coping with loss. The author covers many important themes and ties them all together very well. The book is both scary, beautiful, and sad. I liked it very much and would go as far as to say that it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year! Highly recommended!”

@jordmorhanneleser (NO)

“This was an outstandingly good book! The book brought out a lot of nostalgia in me, and I had a hard time putting it down. A fantastic book that made me think and reflect. Many of us have, or will at some point in our lives, battle demons. A super exciting book from start to finish! I highly recommend this!”
“Kjell-Vidar writes well. Even though it’s a horror novel, it’s so much more than that. This is a book about family, upbringing, grief, and longing. And for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s… Sigh! But regardless, I’m cheering for the horror genre for adults!
We meet Robert and his family in Øyerstad, a seemingly idyllic village, but it harbors some gruesome secrets that haunt its residents. It took some time to get into the story as there are several characters involved. But eventually, you become very familiar with all the characters and places in the book. I was deeply engrossed in it. Watch out for this author!”

“I especially liked the depiction of a childhood in the 80’s and 90’s. I grew up in the 90’s myself and I could really relate to many things I thought I had forgotten. Many childhood memories unlocked!


A part from that, the book was both creepy and gruesome, but at the same time so sad and emotional. I would really love to see this book get adapted into a movie, I’m sure it would turn out pretty awesome!”

@Mjs.Readingnook

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