Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh, I have *GOT* to read this

This is an actual book, not a joke.

* Published by Quirk Books *

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

By Jane Austen
and Seth Grahame-Smith

5-1/4 x 8 in; 320 pp ;
Published in March, 2009
ISBN 9781594743344
ISBN10 1594743347


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English literature. He lives in Los Angeles.

For media information please contact:
Melissa Monachello
Quirk Books, Publicity Manager
215.627.3581 x 217

I am definitely pitching this to my book club! Perhaps Colin Firth could reprise his Mr. Darcy role in the inevitable movie, or maybe they could just get Simon Pegg.


  1. I can't wait to read your review afterward.

  2. I picked it up in Waterstones but I put it back.

  3. I've never read P&P, but I think if they add zombies, this may make me want to read it now :P

  4. I've seen this one. And wondered about it...

    Let us know how it was.

  5. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Wait... you mean Elizabeth Bennett wasn't a zombie in the original? I'm obviously going to have to re-read my Jane Austen.

  6. Hey, I am reading that book RIGHT NOW. Small world! I'm about 1/4 of the way through. Since it's a library book, I'll be reviewing it on my blog in a week or so.

    For now, I can say this -- my kids saw the cover art and totally FREAKED THE HELL OUT. I had to cover it with post-it notes. If you bring it home, you might want to do the same!

  7. OOOH! Online book club!!! With zombies! (You do realise I now have "All we want to do is eat your brains" going round in my head and I am blaming you!)

  8. Jen- Well, I'm number 234 on the library waiting list, it could be a while.

    Strictly - Why?

    AandJ - Yeah, me too.

    Jazz - Will do.

    XUP - Nope, I don't think she was a zombie in the original. Or a vampire. Pity.

    Lynn - It might bother Leah, but Rae will probably think it's cool.

    Loth - Online book club is a GREAT idea. But see my message to Jen, above. I've got Shaun of the Dead stuck in my head: "Take car. Go to Mum's. Kill Phil - "Sorry." - grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How's that for a slice of fried gold?"

  9. Hi Alison,

    I'm with Quirk Books. I came across your blog and saw that you mentioned and plan on reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I hope you enjoy it! I was wondering if you would like to be put on a mailing list to receive future news about the Quirk Classic series. In just a few weeks, we'll be announcing the next title.
    If not, that's okay. We won't bug you again.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact the publicity manager, Melissa Monachello,

    Thank you for reading!


    Jennifer Pacheco

  10. If it's half as good as Shaun of the Dead, I'm so in.