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Superb compilation of horror the surreal and downright creepy
on 10 January 2014
As a fan of surreal, supernatural and horror fiction I can only urge you to read this compilation of short stories by John Ajvide Lindqvist as they're some of the best and most unique tales I've read in the genre for a while.
The compilation comprises the following stories;
Border, Village on the Hill, Equinox, Can't See It! It Doesn't Exist!, Substitute, Eternal/Love, Let the Old Dreams Die, To Hold You While the Music Plays, Majken, Paper Walls, The Final Processing.
If you've already read Let the Right One In, or seen the movie, you should find it interesting catching up with Oskar and Eli in Let the Old Dreams Die while The Final Processing returns to meet up with the incredibly odd characters from Handling the Undead. For me, by far the best story of the compilation is the totally surreal and completely off-the-wall 'Border' with it's odd themes of folklore and hidden identity. There are elements of Border which hooked me in so deeply I was mesmerized by the tale of Tina and Vore and their growing love story.
I've read all of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novels and he has a talent for mixing the real and unreal in long, rambling chapters that take time to progress and develop. I had wondered how he'd manage to cram his usual themes of human/inhuman into a shorter format and manage to create the necessary tension and suspense but he has, and he's done it perfectly.
Let the Old Dreams Die is an absolute must for fans of horror and supernernatural fiction and there's something here, from a woman keeping a corpse as a companion through to the unique relationship between Tina and Vore, to satisfy most tastes. If you enjoy more traditional horror then Village on the Hill could be for you. Lindqvist adds his own unique twist to the old favourite of 'monster under the bed' except this particular monster is somewhere much wetter than you might expect and it's certainly not hiding under the bed!.
This is an author with an ability to see deep into the human psyche and with enough imagination to harness those disturbing shadows and bring them to life. In this compilation his nightmare landscapes are secured to the page with eerie tension and supported by his wicked sense of dark humour.
An absolute joy to read from opening sentence to final full stop and one of the few times I'd happily award more than 5*.