Ulf Wolf


Ulf is a Swedish name that once meant Wolf. So, yes, Wolf Wolf, that’s me.

I was born Ulf Ronnquist one snowy night in late October, in one of those northern Swedish towns that are little more than a clearing in the forest.

Fast forward through twenty Swedish years, ten or so English ones, and another twenty-four in the US and you’ll find me in front of an immigrations officer conducting the final citizenship interview, at the end of which he asks me, “What name would you like on your passport?”

And here I recall what a friend had told me, that you can pick just about any name you want at this point, and I heard me say “Ulf Wolf.”

That’s how it happened. Scout’s honor.

Of course, I had been using Ulf Wolf as a pen name for some time before this interview, but I hadn’t really planned to adopt that as my official U.S. name. But I did.

I have written stories all my life. Initially in Swedish, but for the last twenty or so years in English. To date I have written six novels, four novellas and two scores of stories; along with many songs and poems.

My writing focus these days is on life’s important questions (in my view): Who are we? What are we doing here? And how do we break out of this prison?

Where to find Ulf Wolf online


Perilous Memories
Price: Free! Words: 224,580. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Leonard Sanderson, a concert pianist, dies in a car accident on the Harbor freeway south of Los Angeles he does not die. Instead, he falls up through clouds, then down, then through walls, through skin, into fetus, and is reborn. Not only does he survive death, but with help from George Frideric Handel, he also remembers how to play.
Two Paths
Price: Free! Words: 34,630. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In the very long ago Burmese jungle two young people, of enemy tribes, are wondering the same thing: Why do our old people walk the path never to return? Why don’t they stay with the village and let us take care of them? They have deserved a rest. Independently, they intend to find out. And they do. Only the answer may well cost them their lives.
Price: Free! Words: 20,580. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
These are the rules: If you have been true to those you loved; if you have been true to your word; if you have not been vain; if you have followed you own heart; and if you have placed personal integrity over gain and comfort; then, just like gravity makes sure that what you drop will find the ground, you now get to be an albatross, the reward of a life well led.
Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Religious
I cannot help myself: as long as the world refuses to make sense to me I will ask questions of anyone within earshot, especially Grandma. And still they keep coming, these endless questions.
Hidden Agenda
Price: Free! Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
I had seen gnomes before, six times to be exact, but they had all been hallucinations. This hallucination, however, refused to cooperate and instead insisted on being very real. And not only that, he insisted that I follow him. In the end, curiosity got the better of me.
Price: Free! Words: 14,640. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
I knew, and I mean knew, that it had happened. It did take place. I was not dreaming; I was not on drugs. He came to see me. He, my long lost brother in arms. Across centuries, across galaxies, here, now. On that beach. It was him, I had no doubts. And with a crucial message. Now, to convince Walter about that.
When Angels Dance
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
He didn’t give it a second though at first, just another little sand hillock shaped and smoothed by the receding tide. Then he looked again at the seal-shaped sand, and now saw it for what it was, a dead seal pup. Torn between leaving and looking closer he looked closer. Something moved in his eye. A wing.
Killing Jesus
Price: Free! Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Religious
Perhaps this famous event did not go down exactly as popularly believed. The point is, no one really saw the event. No one, that is, except for one twelve-year old boy who disobeyed his father three times that day and consequently saw the whole thing first hand. Once seen, he was too terrified about it to tell anyone. But finally, he tells.
Killing Myself
Price: Free! Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
I tried to kill myself in the sixties. I wasn’t very good at it. And the thing about Aspirin is that 121 of them will not kill you. Not even close. They will, however, make your ears ring, and if you stage this perfectly, they will also accomplish the purpose of suicide: make them feel good and guilty. Leaving you in control.
Mating Strike
Price: Free! Words: 17,250. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Urban
Fennel is a lab rat with a (strong) mind of his own. While part of an experiment to isolate the precise pheromones that drive rats to procreate, he decides that he will not cooperate, at all. Decides to go on a mating strike. And not only that, he secures the agreement from his lab-rat friends to do the very same. An all-around mating strike. With some interesting fallout.
Creating Hell
Price: Free! Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Religious
Jesus preached Love. Jesus never preached Hell. He never threatened fire and brimstone. No, it would appear that the Hell we all know and love never crossed His mind. Our Hell, the one we’re headed for (if unlucky) or will escape (if lucky) is a later invention, and the inventor has a name: Tertullian.
Price: Free! Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Every day is a sunbaked fight for survival of the fittest, or the fastest. The air is oppressively hot, the sun relentless. The river’s water is too contaminated to drink; it will kill you if you do. But what if the river is the only water you can find? He is a thief and a survivor. He will find a way. This he knows: He must find a way.
Smaller Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
At a well-proportioned four feet three inches Harry, technically speaking, was not a dwarf, he was a midget. But no one knew the difference, or cared, and to them he was just incredibly short. An oddity, a misfit, a topic of conversation. He was an excellent salesman. Then he finds a heart.
The God Lab
Price: Free! Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A not universally known fact is that the Creation of a Good Universe is mostly a matter of trial and, yes, a lot of error, as Student God soon (or not so soon) found out. But Gods are nothing if not patient and are wont to persevere until they get things (like Universes) right.
Price: Free! Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Her husband was a good friend of mine. I respected him, and would never betray him. Never. Or so I told myself often enough, implored myself often enough. To no avail. For has the man, or woman, seen the light of day who can withstand desire right out of the original wrapping?
God the Eskimo
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
What Ezra couldn’t wrap his wits around was how they could all be so certain that God existed when it seemed no one had ever laid eyes on Him; and not only that, how could they all, at the same time, be so certain that he had not seen Him? At first Ezra had not believed what he saw either, of course.
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The man is freshly arrived and freshly awake. He’s not even hungry yet—not even aware of hunger yet. He surveys his new prison. But he has questions. He meets Cheetah, who would answer them, were he not hungry.
My Name is Blade
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
You might think that a blade of grass does not have much going for it. Think again. Often trod upon and made to sustain bovine life, there’s more to grass than meets the eye (or foot). Blade likes to muse, and muse he does, upon life and death and sex and their lot in life.
Copper Plumbing
Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Love and good copper plumbing go hand in hand. Love starts out as perfect plumbing; all pipes slant slightly earthward and gravity does most of the work. There are no scratches and there is nothing wrong with the world. Love is up to code.
Going Home
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Stars at this altitude are palpable, touchable. One star even seems to grow as I labor in the cold night at eleven thousand feet, one slow step after another with many stops to catch what little breath there is to catch up here. While that star grows larger still.
Bach Lights
Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
I have a theory: Bach is God. Well, if not God God then at least of the same substance. Of sounds there are none more God-like than those first measures of the Toccata and Fugue in D-minor (or D-Moll as my Archiv German pressing says). They arrived through the ceiling, from a distant somewhere up there in the darkness, as descending lashes of beauty to kill the frozen silence.
Price: Free! Words: 8,520. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Nine vignettes (eight episodes of Evil, one of Good) asking the questions: Who really enjoys pain? Who gains by it? Are we capable of such deeds, or are we simply puppets, dancing at the end of long, invisible strands that both control and savor?
Written on Oak
Price: Free! Words: 60,380. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
He spotted an ancient carving in an even more ancient country oak: LOVE THYSELF LAST it said. Curious about the meaning, and who would have carved this, he sets out to unravel a history of the gravest betrayal and the highest conceivable price for atonement and forgiveness.
Gabriel's Dilemma
Price: Free! Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Archangel Gabriel has taken a personal interest in the young Texas boy; the boy whose dad says God created Texans because he needed people who liked Texas to fill it up with. That is not why God created Texans. God also created ants. The boy is terrified of them; especially the big one who ate Bethe.
Harriet and I
Price: Free! Words: 118,770. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Biographical
Harriet and I tells the story of Nachiketa Krishnamurti, a boy raised in India by his paternal grandmother who, among other things, teaches him to speak with snakes. His father, Jiddu, is a well-known Indian mystic who rarely visits. His mother, the famous Swedish actress, is never discussed.
Alice Needs to Go
Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
She knows from experience that the trick is to stay really quiet. Really, really quiet. Quiet as a stone person in a square, or as a mouse or a chair. For if she hears you she’ll find you and then she’ll teach you a lesson. But it’s so stuffy in here, and she really, really needs to pee.
Price: Free! Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Every apartment in the building was its own little universe, and what was going on in another’s universe did not concern you. It certainly did not concern Mr. Wells, a fat, selfish man. He main pastime was to listen to all the goings on in the apartments around him. Everyone in the building considered him strange, and for good reason.
Miss Buddha
Price: Free! Words: 260,740. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Buddha had not intended to return so soon. But things were not well with Earth, and the worsening (by the day it seemed) situation could not brook another 2,500 years of idly standing by. That much was clear. So after a brief reconnaissance life as Giordano Bruno, he returned in current times to again set things right. This time as a young girl called Ruth Marten, Melissa's daughter.
God In Training
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Religious
The Creation of a Good Universe is truly a matter of a lot of trial and a lot of, yes, error, as Pupil God soon (or not so soon) found out. But Gods are nothing if not patient and are wont to stick with it until they get it right.
Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
You might think that a blade of grass does not have much going for it; it might be prudent to think again. Often trod upon and made to sustain bovine life, there’s more to grass than meets the eye (or foot). Blade likes to muse, and muse he does, upon life and death and sex and their lot in life.
Daybook -- Swedish Musings 1967-1969
Price: Free! Words: 37,540. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » New Age » Spiritualism
Between the summers of 1967 and 1969 I jotted down many a stray thought in the black notebook(s) that I carried with me just about everywhere I went, often taking a time out to note what I had just observed or what just occurred to me. Some years later I typed up an extract of these notes, and some years after that I translated these Swedish entries to English. This is the result.
The Elements of Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 130,290. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
It was John Gardner, the legendary teacher of the craft, who said that the elements of fiction, like the words in a language, are finite. Oh, are they? I thought, and set about to verify this by collecting authors’ quotes about them. This task began as a cheat sheet, a short list of those elements I recognized and documented by quotes, but soon took on a life of its own. This is the result.
Thirteen Sketches
Price: Free! Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Some call them short stories, others call them short short stories (short shorts for short). Some even call them prose poems, and I guess that in some ways they might be. I call them sketches, for that’s how I see them: an impression or mental view sketched out for joy or remembrance. This collection includes thirteen sketches about everything from air to a Bristlecone Buddha.
Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Alternative history
It certainly seems that this physical universe of ours is here to stay. But what if you don’t like it here anymore? What if you want to get out? And what’s the game here, anyway? Is there a game? Does it have rules? Well, yes, there is. And yes, it does have rules.
Death Minus Hours
Price: Free! Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
His father has been in jail for twenty years, the last few of these on death row for killing his aunt—his father’s sister—a murder he indeed did commit. His execution is set for the next morning, and he has finally agreed to see his son.
Winter Cat
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
One of the few left of his kind in this northern land, the lynx stops to view the spectacular northern lights that, to him, seem to first beckon, then whisper what to do about the cold and uncertain life he finds himself living. Amazed, he listens.
Price: Free! Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
The wolverine has not eaten for days. He has her scent. The deer is tired and bleeding, though still running. He can keep this pace up for days, she cannot. He knows that he will eat tonight. He will kill her well before dawn. She throws all caution to the wind to stay alive.
The Reader
Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
In the not too distant future reading and writing is not only not taught, it is frowned upon. Not long thereafter, teaching these arts became a crime. Now, you read at your peril. They will not kill you for it, not yet, but you are shunned and reviled, and have to wear the orange R on your chest.
The Crow
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The Crow, the most accomplished of all singers, would brook no competition. So when competition did arise, the Crow took matters in his own hands, for no one could, or should, sing more beautifully than he. No one had the right to.
The Buddha Said
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Inspirational
Will wisdom and truth remain wisdom and truth if no one hears it, if it is not passed on, if it is not understood? Does desire still chain us if no one believes they do? Here are fourteen small windows facing the question, facing the answer.
Of Trolls
Price: Free! Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It is not commonly known amongst us humans that trolls originated in India, but it’s the truth; Scout’s honor. Not only that, they are direct avatars of Vishnu (who was bored at the time). This according to Esh, the ancient, white, blind Cobra who told me and Harriet the tale. And another truth is that no one has ever known Esh to lie.
My Curious Ocean
Price: Free! Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
My escort promised me the ride of my life, and being a little bored and a little curious, I took him up on it. A whole Universe of Sensation, he said. Must be experienced to be believed. So I decided to experience, walked over to it, and—for better or for worse—touched it. I’d never…
I Killed Hemingway
Price: Free! Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Biographical
True, he had not killed him alone, it’s not like he shot him or anything, but he had helped. He had been there, and he could have done something. Instead he did nothing and so helped kill a legend, helped silence an icon. This is the confession of the psychiatric nurse that helped administer the last fatal electric shocks to Ernest Hemingway.
Copier Samurai
Price: Free! Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
There are some everlasting truths about selling. One is that people buy from people. Another one is that people judge you by your shoes, i.e., how well they shine. Another one is that selling is war. I’m a copier samurai. This is something Alice thinks is utterly ridiculous.
Price: Free! Words: 14,880. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
It’s natural to fall in love, they say—and what an amazingly appropriate verb “fall” turns out to be in this context. Natural to lose your appetite, your focus, all other dreams? Natural to see nothing but the lack of her, the vast and Heatherless nothing that now spreads before me and makes up my world. Natural? That’s natural?
At the Soups
Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Can you be smothered by love? Is there really such a thing? To her mind, yes, there definitely was such a thing and she was feeling the brunt of it, suffocatingly so. She had told her dad, time and again, that she could not breathe, but he would never listen, would not listen. Well, she had warned him.
The Zen of Calories
Price: Free! Words: 16,590. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting
Pay close attention to the next sentence for it contains the entire subject of weight loss success: Burn more calories than you consume. End of class. Really. All far-reaching truths are basically simple, and the truth of losing weight is no exception.
Anatomy of Surprise
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Religious
Godly omniscience has one drawback, and it’s a major one: it’s boring. There are absolutely no surprises. None. At all. So, God, also known as Alphonse at that time, set about to cure his godly boredom.
A Larry Comes
Price: Free! Words: 45,990. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Historical » General
The most precious thing a spirit has is his own Universe—that internal space and construct where beauty and dream rule; that vista you view before falling asleep at night, that strength you draw on in times of hardship; that inner music that nourishes and revives. What, then, if this Universe could be destroyed and left smoldering? Well, it can. This is the story of one such universe.
Flannery's Bear
Price: Free! Words: 42,190. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Netoniel, a not very good angel, had really created disaster on Earth. At death, no one could leave, and living no one remembered who they were. All to prove that you could kill the spirit (which no one can, of course.) But Netoniel was hiding somewhere else in the universe, and it was now up to his three siblings to save the world.
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