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Post by: Johan Fundin on March 13, 2019, 09:40:57 pm
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"Psychological suspense and thriller readers are in for a treat. What sets Disorder apart from other thrillers is a multifaceted approach that keeps readers guessing and on edge, poised between insights on evolving relationships, subterfuge, hidden agendas, science, and human nature."
Midwest Book Review


The target of both stalkers and killers, a top fashion model with a rare disease sets out to learn how her pioneering scientist father died, only to find herself in the middle of a vicious conspiracy.
Post by: Johan Fundin on March 13, 2019, 09:43:39 pm

"A thriller that is outstanding in its many connections, action tempered with psychological insights, and genre-busting approach."
Midwest Book Review


"Johan Fundin has a gift for creating atmosphere."

​"An excellent read—a real page turner throughout."

​"Creepy and captivating."

​"A fascinating way of playing with genre."

​"Really exciting from beginning to end."

​"Has everything a suspense novel needs: mystery, murder, red herrings, characters, love."

​"It’s very suspenseful. There’s finesse in the train of thought, and the use of language differs from that of other thrillers."

​"Exciting, entertaining, vividly described, electrifying."

​"Reminiscent of Dean Koontz."

​"Enjoyed it immensely. Thrillers are at their best, for me, when there is something cosy and human and likeable at their heart. It makes you care much more about the characters."

"Medical thriller tension ala Robin Cook."

​"What a thrilling story! Impressive!"

​"Keeps you guessing all the way."
Post by: Johan Fundin on March 14, 2019, 03:35:32 pm
"A thriller that is outstanding in its many connections, action tempered with psychological insights, and genre-busting approach. Horror, sci-fi, and medical thriller tension ala Robin Cook."
Midwest Book Review, on Disorder
Post by: Johan Fundin on March 23, 2019, 09:30:38 am
"Creative and enjoyable … Very interesting and clever."
Manhattan Book Review

"Fascinating … Thriller lovers will be intrigued by the concept … Disorder starts with a bang and culminates in a mind-bending finale."
San Francisco Book Review

"Thriller, sci-fi, and psychological suspense fans will all find Disorder a gripping story packed with twists and turns that make it unpredictable and hard to put down."
Midwest Book Review

DISORDER: A thriller of both spine-chilling terror and emotional power
First published in Great Britain and the U.S.A. by Asioni Press
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Dr. Johan Fundin writes thrillers and suspense novels populated by complex characters. His books cover the genres of psychological, occult, spiritual and medical thrillers, science fiction and paranormal horror. He has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Uppsala University in Sweden and a background as a scientist at several laboratories and high-tech research facilities across Europe. Also, he has extensive experience of clinical work at a major metropolitan hospital. Today he lives in Sheffield, U.K.

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Post by: Johan Fundin on March 24, 2019, 11:14:29 pm
Readers who enjoyed my novel MR. MANIAC (a forthcoming re-publication in an expanded and repackaged edition as SCHIZOID from Asioni Press) are asking about the release date of my next book, what the next book is about, and what I’m currently writing, so here’s an update, in brief, on my present projects:

The novel TWISTED SHADOWS (title now changed to DISORDER) came back from my editor in 2018 and was then technically ready for publication. The release year changed to 2019 and the book cover is different to that displayed in connection with the 2018 marketing activities. What DISORDER is about: The target of both stalkers and killers, a top fashion model with a rare disease sets out to learn how her pioneering scientist father died, only to find herself in the middle of a vicious conspiracy. Cat is a hot multimillionaire supermodel—but her life is far from perfect. She suffers from a chronic brain disorder and she is being stalked by a figure in a raincoat. Who is he … or it? In connection with the bizarre death of the founder of a groundbreaking biotechnology institute, Cat is pulled into a sinister corporate plot with a global backwash. Release date: 28-May-2019.

A special note on my earlier novel MR. MANIAC: This book will see a re-release in a somewhat expanded version in late 2019, with a new title, SCHIZOID, and a new cover art. The additional text material comprises a significant scientific plot point and some extra dialogue. The extra science in the expanded version concerns X-ray crystallography, a method used for determining crystal structure. A beam of X-rays shines on the crystal, which makes the X-rays diffract into a specific pattern. From this pattern, the positions of the atoms and the molecules in the crystal can be determined in three dimensions.

Crystals aren’t limited to gemstones. Snowflakes are crystals of ice. Biological macromolecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids or viral particles, can also be crystals. X-ray crystallography was invented more than a hundred years ago and is still used today at the forefront of research. The technique is applied in many different scientific disciplines, from solid-state physics to medicinal chemistry.

Macromolecular X-ray crystallography is a powerful tool used by pharmaceutical corporations and research-active hospitals in the discovery process of new medicines. The detailed atomic-level analysis of three-dimensional crystal structures of relevant macromolecules reveals the specific interactions of a particular pharmaceutical with its protein target in the human cell. The analysis is used to design and improve drugs.

I’m currently writing a novel titled SPECIES. The story: Hunted by the insane resurrector of extinct species, and for reasons beyond belief, a scientist is warned to cooperate or die. At the same time, with danger to her own life, a nurse at a big-city hospital discovers a conspiracy where unknowing patients are exposed to illegal experiments.
Post by: Johan Fundin on April 27, 2019, 09:29:52 am
"A fast-paced, suspenseful read that brings up questions of reality and perception. The author’s idea to explore this through a medical lens is an interesting twist."
The US Review of Books


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Post by: Johan Fundin on May 07, 2019, 08:36:56 pm
"A brilliant techno-thriller, full of suspense, with rich and detailed characters. Beautifully edited and boasting an amazing level of realistic-sounding scientific detail. Fans of crime, medical, and supernatural thrillers should all enjoy this book, particularly those who like the more science-oriented works of Dean Koontz. With this book, Johan Fundin has established himself as a definite talent to watch in the thriller genre."
—, Official Review


Title: Interview: Graham Brown questions for Disorder
Post by: Johan Fundin on July 18, 2019, 08:41:10 pm
In connection with the release of Disorder, I was very pleased to be interviewed by international bestselling author Graham Brown, co-author of the NUMA Files series with the legendary Clive Cussler.

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Graham Brown questions for Disorder:

1. Which book (or other media) would you say is your largest influence?

It’s impossible to mention just one book or film. My favourite plot structures—the premises of novels and movies which inspire me—revolve around high-tech corporate conflicts and conspiracies, medical horror and suspense, and overambitious mad scientist protagonists. Examples of favourite books are Coma (Robin Cook, 1977), Watchers (Dean Koontz, 1987) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (H. G. Wells, 1896). My favourite films are The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986), Hollow Man (Paul Verhoeven, 2000) and Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982).

2. What part of the book was the most difficult to write?

The interaction and the balance between two extremely different twin sisters—a supermodel and a waitress—how they are forced to cooperate in spite of disliking each other’s company. Their father is a cutting-edge molecular biologist, a key character caught up in a conspiracy.

3. What was the seed of the book, or the very first thing that came to you as you started the
writing process?

To me, there are first things rather than the first thing. Always plural. A multitude of things arriving at the same time. Like chemical components in a reaction flask, fragments of story ideas—the molecules of fictional intrigue—interact and form something new. Current examples: 1) What if nobody can be held responsible for unexpected deaths in connection with a clinical trial? (influenced by a true case); 2) What if the boundary between inner and outer reality is shifted as a side effect of neurologic medication? 3) Fiction today is reality tomorrow: quantum physics is revolutionising biochemistry—chemists have traditionally ignored quantum mechanics but it turns out this special physics has a massive effect on chemical and physico-chemical processes in living organisms.

4. Did the book change a lot through different drafts? How so?

It didn’t change a lot. The perfectionist in me tends to write detailed, meticulous drafts from the start. The biggest change: a character was edited out because the book was getting too long.

5. If you had to pick any aspect of the book to change, what would it be?

A tricky question. Now, as I see it, if I picked an aspect of the book to change, I would undermine the version which has been presented to readers. I wouldn’t do that and there’s nothing I want to change. I’m happy with the published version.

6. How much of yourself do you find in the protagonist? Was any of it intentional?

The protagonist is a female fashion model. Her inquisitiveness is the single most important and unpremeditated character trait I see in myself. However, I believe there’s more of myself in one of the scientist characters. From extensive firsthand experience as a scientist in various laboratories and high-tech research facilities, I know scientists better than I know any other kind of people. I know how they talk, think, behave, interact and plot their lives. I’m familiar with their instincts, worries, fears, desires and priorities.

7. Did you discover anything new/unexpected while doing research?

Nothing special springs to mind regarding Disorder. May I elaborate on this? To me, this question and its potential answers are multifaceted. First, it depends on how we define research. Life itself is a journey of discovery. I can base a novel on something I’ve read without having actively researched it. Reading articles from scientific journals is part of my lifestyle. Then, at some later point, I may decide to use something I’ve read somewhere as a plot device for a book. Another two near-future thrillers I already know I want to write are fuelled by my direct experience of the arena of colloid and interface chemistry. As for a new or unexpected discovery in connection with active research, a situation did show up in relation to the book I’m currently writing, Species, a novel which in part deals with the fast-moving field of paleoanthropology.

8. If this is your first experience writing in this genre, what drew you to write the book
specifically this way? (If not, what makes this genre one you like to write in?)

I write in the genre I enjoy reading the most, that is, the thriller genre. Actually, the genre picked me; not the other way around. Certain stories force themselves on me. This feeling, this opinion, that the subject chooses the author, isn’t unique.

9. Did you ever find yourself burning out on the book? How did you get through that?

Not burning out. I’ve established a habit of keeping my writing momentum going. The all-important breaks to recharge my batteries include taking long walks and watching movies.

10. What do you most hope readers will take away from this book?

That nothing is impossible. There are routes which lead everywhere and, if we have enough willpower, we’ll always find sufficient means. Every scientific fact today was once denounced by authorities, religions and the elite. The resistance to innovation has often been violent. Engineers and scientists have risked imprisonment or the death penalty. Every formulation or design was seen as foolish. Every discovery was an offense to traditionalists. Every creative idea was a breach of law and firm proof of dysfunctional reasoning. History shows many examples of ascertained impossibilities which sooner or later turned out to be possibilities or plain truths. And new thinkers have always struggled against headwinds in their fight against established knowledge.

11. Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others you’ve written?

Neither easier nor more difficult. I tend not to differentiate between degrees of difficulty with reference to my books. Every novel is unique and has its own set of challenges. Writing a book is hard work, irrespective of the author’s talent, regardless of his or her experience.

12. Is this a book that could be easily adapted to other media (movie, podcast, etc.)? How
much do you think an adaptation might change it?

I believe any book can be turned into a film. How much an adaptation might change Disorder or any other book depends on the director and the screenwriter. It’s important to remember that filmmakers have the right to artistic freedom. They can be faithful to the source material but they don’t have to be. Either way is fine with me. 

13. Has writing this book changed your worldview at all?

Not at all. I write for entertainment.

14. How much do you think your life impacted how the book turned out?

In line with what I’ve mentioned elsewhere, my direct experience of the world of science and the inner workings of a big-city hospital have a profound influence on Disorder and my forthcoming thrillers. 

15. Is there a certain place/time of day that most inspires you to write?

Inspiration plays no part. I write when I have the time to write. I work full-time at the hospital and have to schedule my writing around those hours: evenings, weekends, and during my annual leave from the hospital. My best place to write is at home and I must be alone in my workroom. Door closed. Desk facing not a window but a blank wall (learnt it from Ingmar Bergman). I also cover the window to shut out the world outside (learnt it from … I think it was Isaac Asimov). Phone turned off. No music. Silence. I can’t write in public places.

16. Do you have a writing routine? How well do you follow it?

A writing routine is crucial, taking into account I work forty hours a week at the hospital. Instead of writing a certain number or words, pages or hours a day, I set production targets: 15,000 words of finished text (not a first draft) a month. I follow it quite well but the monthly goal isn’t set in stone. Consistency is more important. I complete a novel in about six or seven months. Another three months to polish the text. Then, and only then, I send the manuscript to my editor.

17. Do you think any books (or other media) have been bad influences on your writing?

No. I read the way I watch movies—for pleasure. And I know what I like. I tend to stay away from things I don’t like.

18. If you could pick any book to write differently (yours or another’s) which would it be?

Not until I’m satisfied with a manuscript, I send it to my fantastic editor in London. But let me say the following: An opportunity arose to republish my early novel Mr. Maniac in an expanded and repackaged version, featuring new material. Mr. Maniac was the best book I could write in 2016/17 and there’s nothing I regret about that release back then. That said, I appreciate the forthcoming expanded version of the story, retitled Schizoid. Schizoid is scheduled for publication in late 2019.

19. What writers do you look up to most, either for their writing or as human beings?

In no particular order: Robin Cook, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, John Saul. I read many authors, primarily in the thriller and suspense field, but those four are my favourites.

20. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Much like mastering surgery or playing the piano, it takes years of practice to become a good writer. You must reorganise your life. Work hard. And, be yourself. That way, your style of writing will be uniquely your own.
Post by: Johan Fundin on August 24, 2019, 09:22:36 pm
SCHIZOID: A psycho-medical thriller of heart-stopping mystery and suspense



Schizoid is a thriller worthy of high praise: a medical mystery that combines psychology, science, and the quirks of interpersonal relationships with an edge that keeps readers guessing to the end, as a writer’s dreams become his worst nightmare.”
Midwest Book Review

An eccentric scientist turned novelist gets lost in the grey zone between fiction and reality when real murders of young women seem copied from his latest, still-in-progress medical-thriller manuscript. A spellbinding serial killer thriller at breakneck pace from the author of Disorder. Perfect for fans of Jonathan Kellerman and Tess Gerritsen.

Someone is murdering female science students at an esteemed university. Against a backdrop of psychological intrigue and creepy healthcare settings, Kenneth Sorin, a young chemistry doctor and medical research associate turned suspense author, starts his own murder investigation with the help of his cat and his new mysterious girlfriend.

The killer removes an eye from each corpse and places emerald crystals into the empty eye sockets. Dr. Sorin—a crystal chemistry and medicinal chemistry specialist—receives strange telephone calls: an old, dead woman phones the author from her grave, encouraging him to look inside himself for the truth. Has he lost his mind? Could he be the killer himself?