Handling the Undead
Handling the Undead
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312605254, 384pp.
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
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.
John Ajvide Lindqvist is the author of Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead. Let The Right One In, his debut novel, 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.
"A unique and humanistic take on the undead that has a place alongside thoughtful horror novels like World War Z." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"The first fresh take on the zombie since [Dawn of the Dead]." --Chud.com
"Shivers the spine and hooks the heart." --Hellnotes.com
"Lindqvist is giving us new kinds of monsters." -- PopMatters.com
"Sophisticated horror that takes the genre to new and exciting levels." --Suspense Magazine
"A unique standout." --Fright.com
"Will entice longtime zombie fans eager for a subversive examination of some of the horror genre's most recognizable monsters." -- Publishers Weekly