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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*.
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on 22 July 2013
Does an ancillary love story to "let the right one in" which clears up any misconceptions you might have on that story.

Finishes off his walking dead story in a way which.if it had been included in the original novel, would have made it a five star story for me.

Then has a bunch of independent Chillers which show what a great writer he is.

Great stuff.
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on 7 September 2012
I am a massive fan of John Ajvide Lindqvist, I have loved all of his books so far and I cannot wait for his next one to be released. `Let the Old Dreams Die' is a collection of stories which are surreal, complex, dark and as always, gives you an insight into the human psyche, where ordinary people experience the extraordinary.

I was particularly looking forward to the stories `Let the Old Dreams Die', where you find out what happened to Oskar and Eli from `Let The Right One In' alongside a story of great love and `The Final Processing', which continues the story of `Handling The Undead', I enjoyed `The Final Processing' more than `Let the Old Dreams Die' , it was more focused on the characters from the original story which I enjoyed, I wanted to know what had happened to Flora, Elvy and Hagar and the `reliving'.

All of the stories are individual and interesting, all of the characters are easy to relate to, which made the book even more of a pleasure to read.

An excellent book written by an amazing writer.
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on 3 October 2013
This makes an interesting read as it's a collection that explores some of the characters from the authors other books. The chapters are varied in length focussing on different stories including some original plotlines besides his other material characters. Would recommend if you have bought other works of this author.
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on 18 September 2013
If you are looking for a book of short stories which are pitch black in tone, unsettling and thought provoking then you need look no further.

I have devoured every book by this Author and I would put them in the top of the quality horror section of my imaginary library!

The stories in this book are completely gripping (I didn't want to put my Kindle down). If you love the horror genre or are John Lindqvist afficianados then you will love this as much as I did.

A five star read!!
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on 1 March 2013
This is another quality product from Lindqvist. Two stories seek to tidy up loose ends from his previous books-Handling the Undead and Let the Right One In. By further developing the themes from those books he has really added to the mythos around them.

The stories vary greatly in length, complexity and abstraction, but all are really well written in his very defineable style. The modern incarnation of the troll is just superb and really plays to one of Lindvist's strengths, turning preconceptions on their head and really making you sit back and take stock of your previous assumptions.

A really excellent collection on the whole, although there were a coiuple of weaker tales.
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on 23 August 2014
This author appears to get less inspired with every book. Not one of these short stories is worth a damn -although, frustratingly, they are all written in the same unpretentious, lucid and highly readable style as LET THE RIGHT ONE IN -the only story by Lindqvist that manages to sustain a compelling narrative from beginning to end.

The short stories in this collection, just like the novels HARBOUR and HANDLING THE UNDEAD, start with interesting ideas that fail to go anywhere. The title story, LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE does not, in fact, tell us what happened to Oskar and Eli, who are merely a brief aside in an otherwise dull tale about middle aged love. THE FINAL PROCESSING is a lengthy and pointless out-take that was omitted from HANDLING THE UNDEAD, and with good reason -it simply doesn't work.

John Ajvide Lindqvist is an engaging man and, at his best, a very fine writer. I would love to see him produce just one more great book. But it definitely isn't this one.
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on 31 August 2015
Fantastic selection of short stories by a very fine writer. This is the third book of his I have read and he has very firmly become my favourite author. I can't wait to read his other books. Highly recommended for those who love the supernatural and creepy!
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on 6 October 2013
This was a really good book.
It was nice to see what Oskar and Eli were up to and what was happening on The Heath.

A brilliant collection of short stories.

I would recommended this to any horror fan. But first read "Handling The Undead" and "Let The Right One In".
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on 29 July 2014
I liked these short stories, but particularly enjoyed the explanation of what happened after Let the Right One In. Cleverly, and gently,done. Definitely read Let the Right One In before reading this book.
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