Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2004

My favorite quote: “She showed her true face – there was something in it that was… Pure Horror.”

Notable characters: Oskar, the bullied 12-year-old; Eli, a centuries-old vampire trapped in a 12-year-old’s body; Hakan, the former teacher who helps her get blood

Most memorable scene: Hakan and the acid. Jesus Christ. 

Greatest strengths: Lindqvist writes vampires in a whole new way — a way that tells an entirely different story that manages to add to, rather than subtract from, the integrity of the genre

Standout achievements: This book tackles some seriously heavy issues (alcoholism, pedophilia, self-harm, bullying, and death, just to name a few) without being preachy or pretentious — and above all else, without compromising the plot. Well done  

Fun Facts: The title of this book is a reference to Morrissey’s song, Let the Right One Slip In (one of the few I kinda like)

Other media: Most notably, the 2008 film of the same name

What it taught me: As a writer, this book reminds me that it doesn’t pay to wander and overindulge. I sincerely believe this would be a stronger, cleaner, more memorable novel if it were dramatically condensed  

How it inspired me: It really didn’t. Unlike most of the population, this one didn’t do a whole lot for me in terms of entertainment or inspiration. I feel the same way about the movie. From what little I remember, it was all right

Additional thoughts: While I didn’t love this book, it does prove that horror can — and often does — have literary merit. 

My rating: 3.5 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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