The Author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has Written a Zombie Book

Zombieby Joey Paur

Let The Right One is such a fantastic vampire tale, the book that the movie was based on was written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. and he's written a new book about zombies called Handling the Undead set to be released in September. 

Handling the Undead doesn't sound like your typical zombie story here is the synopsis of the book to give you a complete idea about what the story is about.

Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. Electrical appliances turn themselves up higher and higher and cannot be disconnected. As a sense of foreboding builds, people everywhere are struck down by headaches that reach an intolerable pitch. Then it's over.

Soon after, in morgues and cemeteries throughout the city, the dead start to wake. But they are not as they were in life.

With wry humour and compassion, Lindqvist illuminates what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

Mahler is alight with hope that his little grandson has been returned.

David and his son Marcus are devastated by the loss of their adored Eva and aghast and bewildered at what she has become.

Elvy is convinced this mass resurrection heralds the End of Days; and is desperately hoping her late husband isn't back to stay.

And the government can't work out what to do with its newly restored citizens - or even whether, having died, they are still citizens at all.

Equal parts family drama, social satire, piercing tragedy and disquisition on mortality, Handling the Undead is possibly the most original and compelling book you will read this year.

This sounds like a great story, one that I am sure will end up being a great and different zombie film. I love it when someone comes along and takes a classic genre, and then turns it on its head. There is a review over a OZ Horror Scope that did a review on the book and said,

Handling the Undead is a beautifully-written, sad, and occasionally quite creepy novel about loss and the very human inability to deal with it, which utilises the zombie trope in new and fascinating ways. The walking dead of Sweden are not the ravenous flesh-eaters of Romero's creation (at least, not exactly), but ordinary dead folk who rise, and walk, and attempt to return to those they left behind (thereby having more in common with the zombies from the 2004 French movie, Les Revenants). But not everything is as it seems. It soon becomes apparent that the ‘Reliving' are not entirely whole, and that something other than memory or even humanity now drives them. It's difficult to say more without giving away too much, but I will hint that much of the plot hinges not upon how the zombies affect the living – an issue nonetheless well-addressed – but upon how the living affect the dead.

I seriously can't wait to get a hold of this book and read it. It sounds fantastic.