A Battle Against Demons- a novel by Kjell-Vidar Åhman Teig - spring 2024
“Underneath the horror lies an even more captivating family drama with a touch of crime: a nostalgic and chilling journey with autobiographical undertones.”
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.”
“Kjell-Vidar writes well. And even though it’s a thriller, 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 thriller 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! Good stuff!”
“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
“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
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“I’ve read quite a bit in my life. I’ve ventured into many genres, and I tend to be most comfortable in the crime landscape. ‘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. If you’re a bookworm like me, I highly recommend this one.”
«…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.»…
“In a greeting in the book, he welcomes us to Øyerstad. And I must say, it was quite a place to visit! We follow Robert and his family and friends in a small rural community. The village where everyone knows everyone, but where something evil lurks beneath the surface.
The story takes place in the ’80s and ’90s, and I felt warmed by nostalgia reading all the descriptions of how things were back then, especially since I myself was a child and teenager during that time 😍 This book is a mix of coming-of-age, horror, and suspense, and it works really well! The author writes well, the language flows easily, and the story is very engaging and exciting.
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!”
“Kjell-Vidar Åhman Teig was born and raised in Båstad, Norway, but now resides in Bålsta outside of Stockholm. He is married, has two children, and the cat Istella.
He works daily as a Creative – Art Director at the advertising agency innocode.com, while dreaming of becoming a rock musician and author. Kjell has written, produced, and recorded two albums: “Bare Noen Minner” and “Bag of Bones.”
A number of years ago, with an ambition to become a Norwegian Stephen King, he began writing a novel that was put on ice. Then, a few years ago, he wrote several short stories that also ended up shelved. However, as he approached his midlife crisis, he decided to actually pursue his dreams of music and writing.
The short story collection “3 steiner til nøkken (2020)” is Kjell’s debut as an author. “En kamp mot demoner (2023)” is a standalone suspense novel, filled with laughter, tears, thrills, and chills from the same universe.
Kjell continues to write, and more books will come. He will contribute further to the category “horror in Norwegian,” and other ventures are on the horizon.”