Not many people are aware of John Ajvide Lindqvist but are somewhat familiar with his work due to the movie "Let the Right One In" (which, in my opinion is the best vampire movie to date). Lindqvist is a Swedish, horror writer, who is frequently compared to Stephen King.
If you've seen the "Let the Right One In" movie but haven't read the book, stop now, come back in a week.
Let the Old Dreams Die is a collection of short stories by Lindqvist. Generally I refrain from short story collections, I tend to feel disappointed with the lack of closure that short stories tend to provide, however, Lindqvist's short stories are thorough enough to be consider novellas.
The writing is fantastic, the care to ensure that character development was thorough is evident. Lindqvist has a delightfully dark sense of humor. It took me a long time to get through this book, but at the same time I didn't want to put it down.
If you are aware of Lindqvist's work, you'll be happy to note that this collection contains mini-sequels to Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead. My favorite of the collection was the Fight Club style story regarding older women sick of society.