Let Me In (Movie Tie-in)
By John Ajvide Lindqvist
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312656492, 496pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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Set in 1983, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s cube before, but who can solve it at once. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .
John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let Me In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, Let the Right One In, 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, 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 Me 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.
“Absolutely chilling. This page-turner grabs you from the onset and just won’t let go. Vampires at their Anne Ricean best!”
---L. A. Banks, author of the Vampire Huntress series
“Sweden’s Stephen King…A classic horror-romance story. I love it. Could not stop reading. More please.”
“A must for vampire fans, even those who think they’ve seen it all.”
---Katherine Ramsland, author of Piercing the Darkness, The Science of Vampires, and The Vampire Companion
“A brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story.”
---Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Haunted
“Readers are familiar with modern Sweden through its distinctive crime fiction. Now John Ajvide Lindqvist is taking a Gothic look at the country’s dark side. Henning Mankell’s gloomy police procedurals were the first to become international bestsellers in the middle 1990s and spearheaded an explosion, but the latest publishing phenomenon to come out of Sweden seems to be plumping for a different genre. John Ajvide Lindqvist has become an overnight cult figure.”
---The Age (Australia)
“Let Me In, a Swedish book taking the publishing world by storm, is a different, surprising, and sometimes delightful reading experience. Delightful would not normally be the first word that springs to mind when describing a blood-soaked plot.… It is Lindqvist’s great skill that a strong thread of innocence continues alongside this horror.”
---The Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
“It is easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker or Neil Gaiman. When you reach the last page, you are left with the wonderful tingling sensation that only comes with a brand-new love affair or a really great book.”
---Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)
“Impressive…can certainly compare with some of the best international authors…Lindqvist is as learned as Anne Rice as far as the most updated vampire mythology is concerned.”
---Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
“One of the creepiest and most imaginative stories of the decade…echoes Stephen King at the height of his storytelling powers.”
---Sunday Herald-Sun (Australia)