Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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In his new novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist does for zombies what his previous novel, Let the Right One In, did for vampires.

Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become.

A horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

About John Ajvide Lindqvist

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John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.  Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.
Published September 28, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 385 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bright lights in a big city herald the return of the dead in Swedish horrorist Lindqvist’s second novel, after Let the Right One In (2007), a vampire tale that was later turned into a movie.

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Swedish horror author Lindqvist moves from vampires (Let the Right One In) to zombies in this gripping, subtle tale.

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Eva wants to visit her father and David has to go to work (he is a stand-up comedian.) Whilst at work, David is horrified to be told that Eva has been killed in an accident.

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This allows Lindqvist to explore how love of one person can become a conduit for our connection to other people, for good and for dire ill.

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If you loved Let The Right One In's melancholic, funny and twisted view of vampires, then you should keep your eye open for Handling The Undead, a zombie novel by the same author, John Ajvide Lindqvist, coming in September.

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