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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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Finnish Nightmares
An Irreverent Guide to Life's Awkward Moments
By (author): Karoliina Korhonen
9781984857040 Hardcover English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Humorous Aug 20, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 7.3 x 5.27 x 0.63 in 96 pages 67 ILLUSTRATIONS Potter/Ten Speed Press/Harmony Ten Speed Press
From awkward interactions on public transportation to avoiding small talk with salespeople, introverts from all over the world will find something to love in this comic sensation from Finland.

Mild-mannered protagonist Matti is a typical Finn who appreciates peace, quiet, and personal space—but things do not always go according to his wishes. Finnish Nightmares is an illustrated collection of his and many people’s worst fears when it comes to social interactions. Divided into sections on dealing with neighbors, going shopping, sharing public spaces, tense dining situations, and more, there is a comic for every squeamish scenario, from having to sing your own praises in a job interview, to being unable to leave your apartment because a neighbor is in the hallway. A fascinating look at Nordic culture, globe trotters and armchair travelers alike will enjoy this insider’s glimpse into the local life and habits of Finland. With a charming and quirky universality, there is an awkward and laughable situation that everyone can relate to in Finnish Nightmares.

AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION: With a profile in the New York Times and over 185,000 followers on Facebook across the United States, United Kingdom, China, and beyond, Matti is an internationally recognized icon. Originally published exclusively in Finland, this will be Matti’s American debut.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: The awkward misadventures of Matti are inclusive to introverts from all cultures but also extroverts who want to gain some perspective.

BROADENING CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES: The wide relatability of Finnish Nightmares bridges the gap between foreign countries, encouraging readers to explore other cultures and discover similarities.

KAROLIINA KORHONEN is a Finnish graphic designer and the creator of the Finnish Nightmares blog, where she began posting the first Matti comics.

Author Residence: Oulu, Finland

Marketing: Promotion on author’s blog,

Social network promotion on author and publisher channels

Buzz mailing to “Scandiphile” and illustration/pop culture influencers

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Instagram: @finnishnightmaresofficial (39.3k followers) and Facebook: finnishnightmares (187k followers and likes)

Praise for Finnish Nightmares:

“You don’t need to be from The Land of the Midnight Sun to appreciate Finnish Nightmares, a funny series of comics created by Finnish artist Karoliina Korhonen. After all, who doesn’t find standing in an elevator with a stranger just the slightest bit uneasy? Or what about that awkward moment when you accidentally touch the salesperson while collecting your change?”—

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