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The lights are refusing to go out all over Stockholm.  There's a mysterious problem in the power system.  Every appliance in the city is going at full blast and the entire population is struck by blinding headaches.  The pressure builds to an intolerable pitch and then...stops.  Moments later, in morgues and cemeteries across Stockholm, the dead start to rise.
John Ajvide Lindqvist, the acclaimed author of the world's most original vampire novel, Let the Right One In, turns his attention to the living dead.  Not the nameless zombies of classic horror but real dead people: mothers, children, grandchildren and spouses.  Desperately loved, bitterly missed and now 'reliving.'  Which is not, it turns out, the same as being alive.  Lindqvist brings a deliciously ironic mixture of the macabre and the heartbreaking to the big questions of love and death.  It makes Handling the Undead the must-read horror novel of the year.


Praise for Handling the Undead:


'Unsettling and shocking.' (4 stars) Who Weekly


'It's a macabre and strangely affecting tale, at once compassionate, witty and deliciously gruesome.' The Age


'A fine piece of horror, and one that should be honoured by reading after dark. If you dare.' Sunday Star Times


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  • Paperback


    February 1, 2010

    Text (Adult)

    384 pages

    RRP $30.00

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Also by John Ajvide Lindqvist

I Am Behind You
Let the Old Dreams Die
Little Star
Let the Right One In