Author John Ajvide Lindqvist gave us a new twist on the classic vampire tale in his debut novel, Let the Right One In and now he's set to redefine another horror archetype -- the zombie -- in his follow-up, Handling the Undead. Can a film version be far behind?
Handling the Undead -- which was published back in 2005 -- isn't your typical Romero zombie tale. Rather than have the dead coming back to life as a mindless horde of brain-craving flesh eaters, Lindqvist's story features zombies who attempt to return to their original lives. A review at the Oz Horrorscope points out that "much of the plot hinges not upon how the zombies affect the living -- an issue nonetheless well-addressed -- but upon how the living affect the dead." Sounds intriguing.
In the novel, which will make its US debut this September, appliances in Stockholm go haywire and the population suffers blinding headaches. The headaches fade, but then the dead rise from their graves -- but they're not like they were in life. The Horrorscope review goes on to call the novel "melancholic" and assures us that there is a horror element to the tale by pointing out that "the 'Reliving' are not entirely whole, and that something other than memory or even humanity now drives them." The reviewer is careful not to spoil the story, so the plot details are purposely vague.
Lindqvist's Let the Right One In was adapted to film and has become a cult horror hit. It's also being remade with the new title Let Me In and will be directed by Matt Reeves. Let Me In is scheduled to hit theaters this October. Does Lindqvist's take on zombies sound interesting or have zombies become so overexposed that you've lost interest? Share your thoughts below.