The Swedish horror writer John Ajvide Lindqvist first became popular in this country when his vampiric fictional debut, Let the Right One In, was made into a cult film by director Tomas Alfredson.
The title story of this new collection is its sequel, following the fates of the 12-year-old Oskar and Eli, his ethereal friend. As ever, Lindqvist's fiction mixes the banal with the demonic.
In one story, a woman finds a dead body and decides to keep it; in another, a man thinks he knows how to cheat death.
The translator, Marlaine Delargy, does justice to the author's spare unfussy prose.Reuse content