This summer, while I was in Mexico learning to scuba dive, one of my short stories was removed from libraries in Sweden due to reader’s reactions. They simply found the story too distrubingly scary, the publisher, SMSpress, informs. After threats of police involvement in the matter, the publisher was forced to remove the title from the libraries.
The short story is called ‘Tomorrow you die’ and is published as a series of text messages to the reader’s phone. It’s a story about a woman being stalked by a killer. So far, the short story has been published in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
In 2012, when ‘Tomorrow you die’ was originally published in Denmark, something similar happened, as readers got so caught up by the terror of the story that they ended up reporting the killer in the story to the police. This event ended up on the tv-news in Denmark, and it was decided to warn readers about the intensity of the story.
So far, the Norwegian readers have stayed calm, reading the story.