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Wednesday, June 10

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – The Deluxe Heirloom Edition?

Gentle Readers:

More zombies you ask? Yup!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into a bookstore, Quirk Books officially announced today a Deluxe Heirloom Edition of its New York Times bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now with 30% more zombie action – yes – that’s 30% more bone crunching and brain eating zombies populating Jane Austen’s gently refined prose.

From our perspective, it appears that zombie fans felt slighted after the text of the first edition only included 15% gore and goo in comparison to 85% classic literature and demanded more gruesome zombie action. To compensate, co-author Seth Grahame-Smith has taken a second crack at it by expanding the story. Let’s hope that none of Austen’s text was whittled out to make room!

In addition to the expanded zombie mayhem, the Deluxe Heirloom edition includes:

• A rich faux leather hardcover with gold foil stamping and a ribbon marker

• All new stunning full-color illustrations—depicting 13 of the most memorable moments in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

• A special preface from living author Seth Grahame-Smith about his experience writing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

• And an essay afterword by Dr. Allen Grove, Professor of English Literature at Alfred University

Oh my! Just what you need to round out your classics section in your library, right?

The new edition is due out November 1st (just in time for Holiday shopping) and you can pre-order you copy today. Quirk has also invited readers to join its recently launched Quirk Classics Facebook page where on July 15, 2009 at midnight, it will be announcing the next monster lit mash-up in the Quirk Classics series. Oh dear! Who’s next? Charlotte Bronte? Shakespeare? Charles Dickens? We are all anticipation!

One of 13 illustrations in the new Deluxe Heirloom edition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Charlotte Lucas marries Mr. Collins. She would have to be a zombie to agree to that!

You can catch up on all the zombie bedlam by reading our reviews of P&P&Z. Vic & I thought it a great high concept parody, but purist Austen fans are forewarned!

Vic's review of P&P&Z at Jane Austen's World

Laurel Ann's review of P&P&Z at Austenprose

Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose


missy said...

I decided to not wait for the movie. I'm reading it now!!Do I need help?

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...


Nigel said...

Does anyone think there will be a "Vampire" Pride and Prejudice?

Its just that I was in a second hand book store recently, which had a Vampire Romance section that was sold out in the aftermath of the Twilight movie, book and merchandise.

Perhaps Jane Austen would be "into" it considering the themes of Northanger Abbey?

Nonna said...

I'm with Nigel on the vampire version of P&P or Northanger much more palatable than flesh eating zombies version !

I am not a Twilight fan !

Macula said...

Sense and Sensibility and Vampires anyone?