Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter?

I can't tell you how much I want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That said, I just read that Seth Grahame-Smith, the author, has landed a major deal for a presidential biography with added bloodsucking. Yes - the life of Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies injects zombie warfare into the quiet lives of the Bennet sisters and has proved an unexpected success. It has been so popular, according to aquisition editor Ben Greenberg because it appealed "to Austen fans as well as people who can't stand her writing and would enjoy seeing Mr Darcy have his brain eaten", along with comic readers, humour fans, horror fans, romance fans, and fans of over-the-top grindhouse-style pulp. "The market for something like that is much larger than it might originally seem," he said. Now Grand Central, part of the publishing conglomerate Hachette, has pounced on Grahame-Smith, signing him up for a two-book deal reported to be worth more than half-a-million dollars.

The first book will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, "a presidential biography in the vein of a Doris Kearns Goodwin or David McCullough, but repositioning the president as the greatest vampire hunter to walk the earth". Unlike Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, there is no source material, so the novel will be all original writing. "But rather than just toss vampires in wherever he feels, Seth is doing a lot of research to see where they could fit in properly to the actual events of Lincoln's life – from childhood on," said Greenberg. To read more, go here.

Just keeps getting better and better!


Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in my tbr pile right now, and I can't wait to read it! That sounds like a very interesting concept. I would have to read it because it sounds so out-there and unique.

Sadako said...

This is hilarious sounding! I love weird books like this!

Bookgeek said...

Me too - how can you resist them?

Anonymous said...

I have been curious about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies since I heard about it. Can't wait to get a copy. Was great meeting you at Richelle Mead's signing today.