A few notes on Stieg Larsson
- His real name is/was actually STIG Larsson (he had a friend with the exact same name - also a published author, so he changed his own name)
- At just 15 yrs old, he witnessed the gang rape of a young girl.
- In 1977 he spent time training Female Liberation guerrilla fighters in Eritrea (yes, he actually did this)
- As one fictional painter put it: "An artist only ever portrays himself..." - in Larsson's case, he was also an investigative journalist (a la Michael Blomquist), and also received numerous death threats during his career. In fact it was for that very reason that he didn't marry his fiance. By marrying, he'd need to declare (by Swedish law) his home address, and many other personal details - compromising his/their safety...
- His partner, Eva Gabrielsson claimed that the books reflected Swedish society and that "Nothing was made up" - from her book "There are things I want you to know" About Stieg Larsson and me
- The title for the original book in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) translated from Swedish, was actually "Men who hate Women".
- Though an avid Science Fiction reader, some of Larsson's favourite authors include Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie.
- Lisbeth Salander was loosely based on nine-year-old Swedish fictional children's book character Pippi Longstocking. Observers have also drawn similarities between Salander and Peter O Donnell's Modesty Blaise.
- As of yet there are claimed unpublished novels, the so-called fourth and fifth books, though family disputes are divided as to their order (which one is the 4th and which is the 5th), though there are a number of essays which have been made public.