OVERRIDE

Handling the Undead

John Ajvide Lindqvist

St. Martin's Griffin

"John Ajvide Lindqvist is a master philosopher of the horror genre." --Washington Post Book World

Zombies and human clash in this horror novel by the author of the international bestseller Let the Right One In, for which he wrote the screenplay for the the Swedish smash hit film of the same name, which some critics (see below) have called the best vampire film ever made. John Ajvide Lindqvist has reinvented the vampire genre. Now he’s taken on zombies, and readers everywhere will find themselves utterly consumed by Handling the Undead.

Something peculiar is happening. While the city is enduring a heat wave, people are finding that their electric appliances won’t stay switched off. And everyone has a blinding headache. Then the terrible news breaks – in the city morgue, the newly dead are waking.

David always knew his wife was far too good for him. But he never know how lost he’d be without her until the night she died. Now she’s gone and he’s alone. But when he goes to identify her body, she opens her eye…

Across the city, grieving families find themselves able to see their loved ones one last time. But are these creatures really them? How long can this last? And what deadly price will they have to pay for the chance to see their spouses and children just one more time?

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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. Perhaps her husband

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REVIEWS

Praise for Handling the Undead

"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
"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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Handling the Undead

John Ajvide Lindqvist

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