Posted by: John Gholson
1. What is Dawn of the Dreadfuls?
It’s the prequel to Quirk Classics’ Jane Austen mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. And it’s very, very funny.
2. I probably need to read that book first to enjoy it, right?
Not at all. I didn’t, and I could completely enjoy and follow Dawn of the Dreadfuls on its own. Probably because author Steve Hockensmith is most likely insane.
3. Should I at least read Pride and Prejudice beforehand?
Nope, you don’t have to. I’ve only seen the Kiera Knightley movie, and I have no intention of visiting the original novel. I’m sure the little bit of knowledge I gained from watching the film probably helped some, but I think all it really did was let me put Donald Sutherland’s face on Mr. Bennett in every hilarious scene.
4. What’s it about?
The delightful Bennett girls are forced to put aside their ladylike, oh-so-very-British ways and kick major zombie ass. If that’s not enough for you, it’s got kung fu and romance. And if that’s still not enough for you, it’s got pictures (by illustrator Patrick Arrasmith). You sure are picky. Want a quick pitch? Imagine Shawn of the Dead set 200 years ago and infused with an irreverent, spot-on lampooning of Georgian-era Girl Power.
5. That sounds pretty awesome, actually. How can I find out more about Quirk’s books?
Go to their website! Dawn of the Dreadfuls hits stores on March 23, 2010, but they’re currently building an entire library of literary monster-mashes that would make your English Lit teacher weep. With joy.
6. Will you give me your copy?
Hell, no. But if you just click here and tell them you saw it on Horror’s Not Dead, you’re automatically entered to win one of fifty Quirk Classics prize packages, which includes…
- An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- Audio books for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as well as Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters
- Exclusive access to sample audio chapters from Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls poster
- A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies journal
- A boxed set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies postcards
Now, hurry! The contest ends on March 10. 2010. All you have to do is click here to enter!