Sunday, March 20, 2011
Book Feature and Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The exhilarating conclusion to the best-selling
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After
By Steve Hockensmith
Published by Quirk Books
Paperback, $12.95, 288 pages, 5¼ x 8
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the surprise publishing
phenomenon of 2009. It spent more than 50 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and pioneered a bizarre microgenre of monster mash-up literature.
PPZ’s prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, was also a New York Times best seller and praised by everyone from Publishers Weekly (“This happy sacrilege is sure to please”) to comedian Janeane Garafalo (“I am
enjoying the hell out of it!”).
Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.
Hair-raising and heart-pounding, the story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” Of course,the ever-meddling Mrs. Bennet is anxious for them to settle down and produce an heir—but everything changes when poor Fitzwilliam is nipped by a dreadful. An apothecary is summoned, and his prognosis is unfortunate: Within days, Mr. Darcy is destined to transform into a zombie.
Elizabeth is distraught. She knows the appropriate course of action is to promptly behead her husband(and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she hears rumors of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save the life of her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.
Complete with 15 dazzling illustrations, this final chapter in the bestselling series is sure to delight fans of Austen, horror, and literary mash-ups!
Praise for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
“A delectable literary mash-up . . . might we hope for a sequel? Grade A-.”
—Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly
“Jane Austen isn’t for everyone. Neither are zombies. But combine the two and the only question is, why
didn’t anyone think of this before? The judicious addition of flesh-eating undead to this otherwise faithful
reworking is just what Austen’s gem needed.”—Wired
“Has there ever been a work of literature that couldn’t be improved by adding zombies?”—Time
“Such is the accomplishment of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that after reveling in its timeless intrigue, it’s difficult to remember how Austen’s novel got along without the undead. What begins as a gimmick ends with renewed appreciation of the indomitable appeal of Austen’s language, characters, and situations. Grade A.”
—The Onion A.V. Club
Praise for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
The Prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
“This is a must-read for the growing legion of alternate-Austen fans (including, naturally, everyone who has read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).”—Booklist
“Mixing taut horror-movie action with neo-Austen meditation on identity, society, and romance, this happy sacrilege is sure to please fans of Grahame-Smith’s original mash-up.”—Publishers Weekly
“Whether you loved the original or if its literary aspects turned you off, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give Dawn of the Dreadfuls a try.”—Topless Robot
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Hockensmith is an award-winning short-story
writer, novelist, and reporter. His short fiction appears regularly in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, as well as anthologies such as Sherlock Holmes in America and Death Do Us Part. His story “Erie's Last Day” appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2001. His first novel—the kick-off to his Holmes on the Range mystery series—was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, and Dilys awards. Before turning to fiction, Hockensmith was an entertainment journalist, contributing to such publications as The Hollywood
Reporter, Newsday, and the Chicago Tribune and editing the movie magazine
Cinescape as well as The X-Files Official Magazine. He lives in Alameda, California, and blogs sporadically at stevehockensmith.com.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Jason Rekulak is the creator of the Quirk Classics series. Inspired by the creative copyright infringement that flourishes on the Internet, hedecided to spice up public domain works of classic literature by adding monster mayhem. Surprisingly, he created a subgenre of books—the literary monster mash-up—that has taken the world by storm. Mr. Rekulak has conceived all the titles in the series and has worked with the authors to develop the manuscripts.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Quirk Books is an independent book publisher based in Philadelphia. Founded in 2002, Quirk publishes books in the genre of what they like to call “irreference”(irreverence + reference) as well as pop culture, parenting, food and drink, history, humor, and lifestyle. They are best known for The Baby Owner’s Manual and the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For more information, visit quirkbooks.com.
ABOUT THE SERIES: Created by Quirk Books, the Quirk Classics series blends the work of literary masters with new scenes of horrific creatures and fast-paced action. Originators of the literary monster mash-up and the New York Times best sellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn
of the Dreadfuls, the titles in the series are entertaining masterpieces that bring new fans to both classic literature and original works of genre-based fiction. For more information, visit quirkclassics.com.
I have three copies of this book to giveaway. Please leave a comment below to enter. Winners will be chosen on March 22.