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Saturday, June 21

Oh, Horrors: Jane Bites Back is Coming in 2009

Josie Brown, who wrote the book for Pride and Prejudice the Musical, sent me this tip from Publisher's Weekly, which titled its announcement: Creepy Fiction

Liz Scheier at Ballantine won a four-way auction for Michael Thomas Ford's Jane Bites Back. The novel presents an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by nearly 200 years of writer's block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel she finished just before turning into a vampire; she's becoming increasingly irritated that the rest of the world seems to be getting rich and famous off of her works and her life. The two follow-up books will be derived from the first. Waters said Ford, the author of many books for young readers and adults, is likely to publish this under a pseudonym; pub date still undecided.

On his blog the author Michael Thomas Ford stated that the book, which Josie's source described as a humorous and sassy account of Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire, will be out in late 2009.

Thanks for the tip, Josie. I suspect the publisher will publicize the heck out of these books. The questions is: Will Janeites take the bait and spend their hard earned dollars for these high concept novels? Posted by Vic, Ms. Place


Nigel said...

Oh please!

Miss Austen as a modern vampire? What will the Buffy fans say!

Unknown said...

I'm not sure which is more unbelievable, Jane as a vampire or her having writer's block for 200 years.

Anonymous said...

Well, I must say I wouldn't spend a penny on these ridiculous books to come....vampire? What is the world coming to?....and second you cannot mess with perfection!

Jane would be so disappointed to hear of such a thing!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I am totally thrilled at the idea of vampire Austen and Pride and Predator and all of it. It's delicious and frankly is all done out of love. And maybe cross-exposes to those too emo to understand that Austen is for everyone, not just modern-day bluestockings. Huzzah!

Bill Bee said...

I can hardly wait. I love Jane Austen and all of her works. But she had a wicked sense of humor and I think she would have found the current run of monster mashups of her work hilarious.