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John Ajvide Lindqvist : Monsters, magic and Morrissey

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 20 2009   /  02:26 pm

John Ajvide Lindqvist doesn't like vampires, and hasn't the slightest idea why the fanged ones are so in vogue. "There's such an immense amount of rubbish," says the Swedish writer. "It's so sad because when you go to the bookstore, in the horror section, half of the books are about vampires." Yet his own debut novel, Let the Right One In, features a romance between a vampire and a boy - and is an international bestseller that has been translated into 28 languages and adapted into a multi-award-winning film. The 40-something novelist was speaking at the 13th Biennial Singapore Writers Festival last month, at a "Meet the Author" Q&A and to The Jakarta Post. In person, he belies his novel's disturbing tone that deftly mixes the socio-realistic horrors of bullying and alcoholic fathers with supernatural ones such as zombie rapists and bloodsucking children - as well ...