The Monster Mash-Up


Just a day shy of Halloween, Quirk Classics announced the next classic monster "mash-up." Drum roll please... Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Billed as a prequel to the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the book will follow Elizabeth Bennet as she begins her ninja training.


For anyone following Quirk (read about P&P&Z or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters in our September digest), the announcement is slightly surprising; I was hoping they would pick a new classic author, instead of relying on Jane Austen again. Personally, I really enjoyed P&P&Z, but then again, as an Austen fan, I'm partial to P&P in the first place. The second Quirk Classic contained slightly more silliness - the publisher actually changed the formula from 85 percent "real" text to 60 percent - and that made it less appealing to me, but it will probably engage more teenaged readers. Both are national bestsellers, so they must be doing something right.


The publisher has also revamped the Quirk Classics website, and it is definitely worth a look, very Indiana-Jones-meets-rare-book-room.