Stallo – Here be monsters? Find out

Stallo, by Stefan Spjut, was a book I picked up on a whim. A new release with compelling quotes on the cover and an almost irresistible blurb on the back. It was creepy, disturbing and suggestive of what to expect, but the book is quite different to what the jacket suggests. I went in expecting horror, but what the book ended up being was more of a meditation on Scandinavian folklore, and it’s place in modern Sweden. This isn’t a bad thing, it is an interesting concept and the exploration of it is verdant ground for a story. The problem lies more in the cognitive dissonance caused by the promise of the jacket and the actual content of the story. Stallo suffers from an identity crisis.Read More »