Six locks on a door.

Seven people trapped.

The Vardøger is coming for them all.

Jack Gibson knows he doesn’t belong here, wandering the halls of a desolate and decaying hospital.  Unfortunately, he can’t leave.     The last official patients of this isolated infirmary appear to have left abruptly, or simply vanished, decades earlier, and whoever – or whatever – is responsible for his admittance has made sure his discharge is denied.

But Jack soon discovers he’s not alone.    His wife, Victoria has her own private room, as do five other “residents,” each with their own dark past and no memory of their arrivals.  The only exit from their private Hell is chained shut, with six unbreakable locks keeping the iron barrier in place.  The mystery of how the inhabitants got there is soon overshadowed by an immediate need to escape.  A terrifying phantom, known as “the Vardøger,” has them on the run, and may also be the one who imprisoned them in the first place.   Though the ghostly spirit takes a beautiful, feminine form, its evil and destructive nature can’t be ignored.

With the help of his new friends, Jack devises an escape plan.  But he soon discovers the Vardøger isn’t the only malevolent force inside the hospital walls.   He’s been betrayed – by someone in the group.   Now, Jack must face the Vardøger alone, hoping this epic showdown will lead to his release.

Success or failure?  Freedom or captivity?   Only one thing is certain: “The Vardøger” …is coming.

A vardøger (sometimes spelled vardøgr and pronounced var-DAY-uh-grr) is a mysterious spirit found predominantly in Scandinavian folklore.   Similar to déjà vu, where a person senses that what is currently happening has happened before, a vardøger’s arrival signals that something is going to happen before it actually does.

Often compared to the concept of the doppelgänger or the “phantom double,” a vardøger may seem attractive and harmless, but those who’ve come face-to-face with the more sinister and vengeful form of this restless spirit tell a much darker tale.   Some accounts describe a malevolent and terrifying specter whose presence often signals death and destruction.

With some Hollywood magic, our Vardøger will soon magnificently appear on the big screen.

Benign or vicious, which one do you think our Vardøger will be?

Vardoger LogoYou’re also probably wondering… what’s with that little ø that looks like a Ghostbusters symbol? That’s called a “minuscule,” and it’s used primarily in the Norwegian, Danish and Faroese languages, as well as he nearly obsolete language of Southern Sami. The minuscule is a vowel and delivers the “eu” sound — think of the French word bleu – or an “uh” sound, depending on the dialect.

In the early days of typography, English speaking printers didn’t know the symbol’s name, so it simply became known as the “slashed o” or “o with a stroke.” Those descriptive monikers have stuck with it over the years, but it doesn’t hurt to know the symbol’s real name.

Now you know.