Review: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Back in November, I reviewed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahme-Smith. I am happy to be able to give a spoiler-free glimpse of the prequel, which will be released on March 23rd.

Special note: Quirk Books is giving away 50 Quirks Classics Prize Packs, which include advanced copies, audio books and much more. See here for details.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Steve Hockensmith.
Philadelphia: Quirk Books, c2010.
320 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. $12.95
to Publisher.

“A world with zombies in it had no tolerance for softness or sentiment. The dreadfuls infected everything just by virtue of existing. To live in their world, one had to become like them. Dead inside.

So be it.”

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Upcoming ‘Dreadful’ Reading

An advanced review copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls arrived yesterday!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith. Quirk Books c2010

I’ll be posting a review on March 3rd. PP&Z:DOD, the prequel to the NY Times bestseller written by Seth Grahme-Smith, will be in stores on March 23rd.

Publisher link.

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Today’s WrAnyMo offering (if you haven’t read my post on WrAnyMo, it is here) is my take on the much talked of– on this blog anyway– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Some spoilers to follow. I tried to keep them as few and mild as possible; nonetheless, you are warned.

The happy couple.
The happy couple.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Classic Regency Romance, Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
Philadelphia: Quirk Books, c2009.
319 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. $12.95
to Publisher.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

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Holy Glittering Vampires, Batman!

Batman and Superman have HAD IT with moody vampires and horny werewolves. Written by Kevin Van Hook and illustrated by Tom Mandrake, the collected six-part miniseries by DC Comics can be found in-stores on July 29th.

Analysis: superheroes and lame creatures are out of the picture and this can only mean one thing.

Zombies, this is your time! Imagine the franchising possibilities. The story: wide-eyed 17 year old Girl, with no personality and no interests of her own, falls _In Love_ with a cold, moldering, and generally _Amazing Guy_, who must battle his desire to feast on her flesh in order to be with Girl. Uh… oh, wait. Damn. I had some really cool tag lines in the works too.

Dead of Night. Sure, he prefers brunettes but he loves her for her brains.

30 Days of Twilight by Joel Watson
Webcomic from Hijinks Ensue

Quit Gnawing on My Hand, Darcy

Remember my post awhile back about writing zombies into classic works of literature? Click on the image below to be taken to the publisher’s website.

Cover for the zombie-packed Regency-era adventure. Available April 15th!
Cover for the zombie-packed Regency era romance. Available April 15th!

“Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice).”

There isn’t a preview available in Google Books at time of posting but, good or bad (worse or better!), I am definitely pre-ordering this.

A Zombie Christmas Carol

Mr. Fantastic Fiction is back over at Libba Bray’s blog. Huzzah for paragraph-long sentences! And zombies. In fact, Mr. FF believes that any piece of literature can be improved by the appearance of the undead. Mr. FF offers the following example (and many more):

Moby Dick: Two words—Zombie. Whale.


Mr. FF issued the following writing assignment: chose any piece of “literature” (his quotes, not mine) and add a zombie scene. Hmm… Dickens might be improved by zombies. Perhaps Mrs. Dalloway. Or The Yearling. Emmett Cullen would make a pretty damn terrifying zombie.

Edward (whine): Carlisle, Emmett’s eating Bella’s brains again.

Emmett: … (gnawing)

Rosalie: Yay!

Jasper: (talking over Rosalie) You can’t even read her mind, Edward. Don’t pretend you want her for her brains, you blood-crazed lecher.

Alice: (slapping Jasper on the arm) Jazzy, we LIKE Bella. And Edward loves her for her personality.

Jasper: … (blink)

Rosalie: Hah!

Esme: (shouting from other room) You’re cleaning that up!