Let the Old Dreams Die

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Let the Old Dreams Die
Swedish book cover for Låt de gamla drömmarna dö
Author John Ajvide Lindqvist
Original title Pappersväggar (Paper Walls)
Låt de gamla drömmarna dö
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Genre Horror
Publisher Quercus Publishing

Let the Old Dreams Die is a short story collection by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The bulk of the stories were originally published in Sweden in 2005 under the name Paper Walls. Quercus published the first English-language release in 2011, with the addition of the title story Let the Old Dreams Die. [1]

The title story is a sequel to Lindqvist's novel Let the Right One In. Also included is The Final Processing, a sequel to Lindqvist's Handling the Undead.


  1. Border
  2. A Village in the Sky
  3. Equinox
  4. Itsy Bitsy
  5. The Substitute
  6. Eternal/Love
  7. To Put My Arms Around You, to Music
  8. Majken
  9. Final Processing
  10. Tindalos (currently only collected in the US edition)
  11. Let the Old Dreams Die (collected in the UK and US editions, published separately in Sweden)


Terrence Rafferty of The New York Times wrote "It’s a good thing Lindqvist is such a lively, observant writer because, despite the relative paucity of evil, the themes of his fiction can be mighty grim: his characters spend an inordinate amount of time negotiating with the Reaper, in his various forms. Maybe it’s a Swedish thing. But his touch is a good deal lighter than that of his great, gloomy compatriot Ingmar Bergman. A “Seventh Seal” by Lindqvist would have plenty of jokes and perhaps even a sliver of hope. He tends to write about people who don’t take themselves, or life, too seriously — until they’re forced to, by love or fear or (most often) both." [2]


  1. ^ Costello, John (2009-03-12). "Let the Old Dreams Die". This is Horror. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ Rafferty, Terrence (2013-10-18). "Sunday Book Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-15.