Mrs Smith Reads Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Linqvist, CBR3 #13

Dead people are scary.

In the Middle Ages it was believed the deceased could rise from their graves to avenge their deaths. John Ajvide Linqvist, author of Let the Right One In has written a novel that puts a fresh spin on the legend of the undead rising—a psychological horror novel rather than a gory, gothic one. If you’ve seen Dawn of the Dead28 Days Later or more recently, The Walking Dead you know that zombies crave brains, but what if, instead of becoming killing machines, revenants just wanted to go home to their families? How would you feel if recently deceased Great-Gramma just showed up on your doorstep one day, wanting to come in, sit in a chair and catch up on her knitting? Smashing her head in with a shovel would seem impolite in the extreme but then again, what do you do with her?

Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist


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