Book review: Let the Old Dreams Die, By John Ajvide Lindqvist


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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.