Handling the Undead - John Ajvide Lindqvist

I'm two hours in to this eleven hour book and I'm relieved to find that it's very much worth reading. I've had three DNFs already this year. I'd have been depressed by a fourth.

 

I've been spending some time in Stockholm recently so I thought I'd read some Swedish horror and who better than John Lindqvist who brought us "Let The Right One In" which was turned into one of the most powerful vampire movies I've ever seen (go here if you're interested: https://mikefinnsfiction.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/byzantiumand-let-the-right-one-in-european-vampire-movies-confronting-monstrosity/)

 

"Handling The Undead" is zombies rather than vampires but forget the "Walking Dead" tropes and really think through what it would be like if the dead, especially the dead you knew well, came back.

 

It's far from an easy read, it's too disturbing on too many levels for that, but it's not boring.