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Handling the Undead * John Ajvide Lindqvist

9781921351808There are thousands, if not millions, of writers in the world whose names will never be known and whose novelist careers will never earn them enough to make a living. And then there are the lucky few who receive the critical or market acclaim that elevates them to an entirely different level. John Ajvide Lindqvist has reached that level, at least momentarily.

His debut novel Let the Right One In was a bestseller in Sweden, and the movie adaptation by director Tomas Alfredsson was one of the best movies of 2008. It’s not too often your first book is both a bestseller and adapted into a worldwide hit.

Lindqvist’s second novel, Handling the Undead, hits bookstores today (conveniently on the eve of the October 1 release of the American adaptation Let Me In). Like Let the Right One In was a reinvention of the vampire genre, Handling the Undead is an attempt to revise zombies.

Something very peculiar is happening in Stockholm. There’s a heatwave on and people cannot turn their lights out or switch their appliances off. Then the terrible news breaks. In the city morgue, the dead are waking up…

“But Eva was not dead, he was not allowed to grieve. And she was not alive, so he could not hope. Nothing.”

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Anne Rice – Interview with the vampire

38144416Everyone in the world would remember the book that started all the vampire mania in Hollywood. It was Dracula (Bram Stoker)! But the book that really changed vampires and made them into the romantic heroes that we see today on the screen acting in movies like Twilight would be the classic Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

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Frankenstein: Dead And Alive

As a devastating hurricane approaches New Orleans, Victor Helios, once know as Frankenstein, has unleashed his benighted creatures onto the streets. As New Orleans descends into chaos, his engineered killers spin out of control, and the only hope rests with Victor’s first and failed attempt to build the perfect human, whose damned path has led him to the ultimate confrontation with his pitiless creator.