Books To Look Out For #1: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

‘Its a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.’

Darcy fans and nineteenth century literature fans can look forward to a new genre of classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in which Austen’s classic has been re-written and jazzed up by author Seth Graham-Smith (although he credits a large part of it to our good woman Jane Austen). Apparently this is a big hit on the other side of the Atlantic, a tale similarly full of propriety angsts about how to present oneself while handling a musket to kill zombies, and its own brand of gory romance, all while the undead roam the country alongside sheep, and the Bennett girls being fully trained in the martial arts to fight off the “sorry stricken”. Have a look for it the next time you stop to get your book fix: it’s worth a flick through just to giggle at silly remarks like:

“My sisters and I cannot spend any substantial time searching for Wickham, as we are each commanded by His Majesty to defend Hertfordshire from all enemies until such time as we are dead, rendered lame, or married.”

You might also want to look out for the same author’s other work, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, for his slant on the life of the famous president and his previously unheard lifestyle. From the looks of it, there’s a whole world we don’t know about going on there. It may not appeal to everyone (I’m sure there’s Austen fans out there swooning in horror at the prospect of a zombie-hunting hero), but it’s something that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. And for those of you who do like it, there’s more good news: talks of a film release are in play! Yikes.

Yup, this is the front cover (you can’t see the gleefully-curious-mixed-with-look-of-horror on my face as I picked it up, but trust me it was there), let me know your thoughts!


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