Available today, a new thriller based on a former Scientologist's experiences - 2019-09-05
At HowdyCon in Los Angeles, one person we were happy to meet was Stefan Malmström, who had come all the way from Sweden. Today, Stefan's book Kult is being published by Silvertail Books in London. (And full disclosure, Silvertail is also the publisher of our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.)
We wanted to learn more about Stefan and his book, and we asked him about his background in Scientology.
Stefan: I was 17 and had found the purpose of my life, as an athlete in orienteering. I was on the top national level and trained two hours a day, mostly running. Then I met some really nice older people one evening at a party in my hometown, Hässleholm in Sweden. I was really impressed by them and my girlfriend and I started to hang out with them. It turned out that they were all Scientologists. They manipulated me into the church and three years later I became a staff member at the mission in Hässleholm. I quit my sport, stopped seeing my old friends and family, and worked for the church seven days a week. I was lucky to get out five years later, when I was 25 years old.