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Handling the Undead


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Born in 1968, John Ajvide Lindqvist grew up in Stockholm. He once took second prize in the Nordic card-trick championship, before becoming a stand-up comedian, a writer of plays and TV scripts. His bestselling books include Let the Right One In, also published by Quercus and now a major film.

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John Ajvide Lindqvist is a Swedish author, born in 1968. He grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm. He wanted to become something awful and fantastic. First he became a conjurer and came in second in the Nordic card trick championship. Then he was a stand-up comedian for twelve years, before writing Let the Right One In. That novel became a phenomenal international bestseller and was made into a film and a West End play, both called Let Me In. His books are published in twenty-nine countries worldwide.


In Stockholm, the power grid has gone mad, and in the wake of an odd power surge, the recently dead reawaken. In the confusion, a grandfather waits excitedly to see whether his grandson will return, and a husband is horrified at his beloved wife's reanimation. At turns funny and macabre, this second novel by the best-selling Swedish author of Let the Right One In gives horror readers a new twist on an old trope, asking us how far we might go for love, what happens when those we lose want to come home again, and at what point we let go of our dead. Verdict Horror fans will love the fresh take on the old zombie story, and paranormal fiction fans will appreciate the psychological thrill of exploring where love and death collide. At the top of his game, Lindqvist gives Stephen King and John Saul at their best a run for the money. [The U.S. remake of the Swedish film adaptation of Let the Right One In will be released this October as Let Me In.-Ed.]-Colleen S. Harris, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

'Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best. Best read by sunlight' Independent on Sunday. * Independent on Sunday *
'It's not often I come across a writer as original, compelling or as inventive as Lindqvist ... the haunting imagery stays lodged in the mind long after the book is finished' Mail On Sunday. * Mail On Sunday *
'Some books are just too good. Handling the Undead is superbly written, with beautifully drawn, fully realised characters, a lively, well-constructed narrative and a wonderfully paced and balanced plot. It's an intensely atmospheric book ... it's a masterpiece, fantastically well-written and totally gripping' SFX magazine. * SFX *

Swedish horror author Lindqvist moves from vampires (Let the Right One In) to zombies in this gripping, subtle tale. Stockholm is overtaken by the undead after a period of strange weather, and the uprising has surprising consequences for several people, including David, a comedian whose dead wife comes back to life; self-harming psychic teenagers Flora and Elvy; and journalist Gustav Mahler, whose only hope of saving his daughter and himself from grief lies in exhuming his young grandson and hoping the boy will be reanimated. Lindqvist's character-driven narrative is at times slow and confusing, but pop culture references keep the story relevant and interesting. This intelligent look into the psychological side of the undead will entice longtime zombie fans eager for a subversive examination of some of the horror genre's most recognizable monsters. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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