Handling the Undead, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (8 ratings)


In the city morgue, the dead are waking up... What do they want? What everybody wants: to come home'Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best.

Best read by sunlight' Independent on SundaySomething peculiar is happening.

Stockholm is enduring a heatwave, electrical appliances cannot be switched off and everyone has a blinding headache.

Then the terrible news breaks - in the city morgue, the dead are waking...David always knew his wife was far too good for him.

But he never knew how lost he'd be without her until tonight when her car hit an elk.

Now she's gone and he's alone. But when he goes to identify her body, she begins to move.

It's terrifying, but it gives David a strange kind of hope.Across the city, grieving families find themselves able to see their loved-ones one last time.

But are these creatures really them? How long can this last? And what does it all mean?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781847249906

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A very different kind of horror story; what would happen if the people we'd loved came back to life? How would we react?

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Hmmmm. . . kind of pointless and not very interesting. Surprised that I got all the way through it, but I kept waiting for something to happen. It never really did.

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Well, I take back my previous review of a zombie novel :<i> the whole reason that I've never really gone for zombies in the past - I don't see how the stories can be anything but predictable. There is no character development with one of oozing, groaning reanimated dead. They are inevitably going to want to attack those still living as without this there would be no story and so the living have to hide/go on the run maiming as many of the shufflers as they can along the way.</i>This book was entirely different. In fact I can't call it a zombie novel as the characters who re-awaken here are actually re-living. Not scary by any stretch of the imagination but stomach churning in parts due to the graphic nature of the descriptions of those who re-live. The premise is that some electrical disturbance in Stokholm causes those who have died during the past couple of months to re-live. Lindqvist is queasily-uncompromising about the details of how those who have been burried for a couple of months would look. But what I loved about this book is the philosophical and moral questions it raises. The re-living here are no shuffling, flesh-eating zombies; they are people who are loved by their relatives, some of whom cling to the hope that their loved ones can re-join the families who have been devastated by their death. It quickly becomes apparent that this will never happen - rather than zombies in the traditional horror sense, they are zombified: no personality and no connection with their nearest and dearest, no matter how hard the living try to cling to them. The discussions about what to do with these people, where to keep them, whether to allow relatives to see them and so on is the crux of the book. I suspect those who have rated the book as low and suggested that very little happens are more fans of traditional zombielit, but I loved this alternative take. I thought it was very clever and beautifully written and enjoyed it even more than 'Let the right one in' although I have to agree that if this book is being pigeon-holed as horror that is entirely misleading.

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Having fallen in love with Let the Right One In by Lindqvist, my eyes lit up when I saw Handling the Undead on the shelf at my local book shop. At first, I thought it was going to be brilliant, perhaps on the same scale as the book I had taken to my heart before. Unfortunately as the book progressed, I found myself feeling disappointed, as the reasons behind the events detailed in the book seemed unconvincingly explained, propping up an idea of the soul which made little sense to me.As in Let the Right One In, Linqvist uses a classic horror theme and turns it on its head, using it to examine human nature at its worst and its best. At times subtle and heart wrenching, at its peaks, the author's talent of developing characters the reader can really care for shines. However by the end of the book it felt like Lindqvist had lost his way, traversing into areas he had little knowledge about, and even less ability to describe. This clumsy handeling of faith issues and pseudoscience left me cringing.

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This was definatly not the book I expected it to be. I found it dragging at points and got frustrated by the switching of characters because just as I was starting to care, it would switch me elsewhere.I did have a lot of sympathies for the dead and thier families. It was a great twist on typical zombies.I did find it much more interesting in the last 4th of the book, but then of course, it ends. It left me with a lot of questions at the end too. But all in all I'm glad I read it.

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