From the king of horror comes a gripping and masterfully crafted series of stories including a brief sequel to Lindqvist’s internationally acclaimed Let the Right One In.
Customs officer Tina can smell a smuggler’s guilt. Josef has a close encounter with Death—and discovers you can negotiate. Joel’s apartment building is starting to…list.
Wickedly imaginative, gleefully bloodthirsty, Let the Old Dreams Die features a classic Lindqvist cast of lovers, loners and losers. All flawed, all touched by the desire to be loved, all deeply human. Even some of those who are not human at all.
List of stories:
Village on the hill
Can't see it! It doesn't exist!
Let the old dreams die
To hold you while the music plays
The final processing
John Ajvide Lindqvist lives in Sweden. His first novel, Let the Right One In, was published in thirty countries and adapted into two feature films. His novels Handling the Undead, Harbour and Little Star are also published by Text Publishing.
‘A magician of genre fiction…Lindqvist again trips along that thin high wire between supernatural devices and psychological verites.’ Independent
‘A delicate balance between macabre and moving.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Some of his ideas are provoking enough to provide a satisfying squirm.’ Courier-Mail
‘A dangerously imaginative man.’ Herald Sun
‘Although Lindqvist reminds us of the way fear and hatred of the unfamiliar makes monsters of all of us, it is not fear and hatred he is interested in, but love and the way it binds us to one another.’ James Bradley, Australian
In Lindqvist s commendable first short-fiction collection, people often are not what they seem, usually to a horrifying degree. The Border tells of a customs agent whose relationship with a suspected smuggler uncovers extraordinary truths about the agent s heritage. The celebrities whom a paparazzo photographer thinks he is snapping in Itsy Bitsy reveal pedigrees that are as eerie as they are inexplicable. A drowning victim who dies but is resuscitated in Eternal/Love comes back to his lover as something else, although still in human form. In addition to these tales of deceptive identities and their unsettling natures, the book features Final Processing, a sequel to Handling the Undead, and the title tale, a sequel to Let the Right One In that riffs poignantly on that novel s romantic relationship between a young boy and a vampire girl. Segerberg s translation is murky in places, but the originality of Lindqvist s ideas shines through.
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Includes a follow up to Let the Right One In
When I read this book of short stories contained a follow up to my favourite film Let the Right One In, I bought it straight away.
Not only that but the first short story Border was just released as a feature length film.
Lindqvist never ceases to excite me with his ability to romanticise the things that should not make you fall in love with them.
His characters are amazing and the complexity of his stories touches on all sides of humanity.