Handling the Undead

John Ajvide Lindqvist

Thomas Dunne Books

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Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. Electrical appliances turn themselves on and cannot be switched off. Then the terrible news breaks: In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up, but they are not as they were before. What do they want? A horror novel that transcends its genre and illuminates with wry humor and compassion what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them, HANDLING THE UNDEAD rises to the level of family drama, piercing tragedy and social satire combined. A grandfather alight with hope that his grandson has been returned.  A husband aghast at what his adored wife has become. A widow convinced that the End of Days has arrived - and desperately hoping that her late husband isn't back to stay!

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13 August

What have I done to deserve this?

Svarvargatan 16.03

Death…

David lifted his eyes from the desk, looking at the framed photograph of Duane Hanson’s plastic sculpture ‘Supermarket Lady’.

A woman, obese, in a pink top and turquoise skirt, pushing a loaded shopping trolley. She has curlers in her hair, a fag dangling from the corner of her mouth. Her shoes are worn down, barely covering the swollen, aching feet. Her gaze is empty. On the bare skin of her upper arms you can just make out a violet mark, bruising.

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"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

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John Ajvide Lindqvist

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.

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Handling the Undead
John Ajvide Lindqvist

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429940696
ISBN10: 1429940697
384 pages
$9.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427211637
ISBN10: 1427211639
Audio Run Time: 11:00
$22.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312605254
ISBN10: 0312605250
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$24.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312604523
ISBN10: 0312604521
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$15.99
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