Who doesn’t get excited when classic characters from literature and history go head-to-head against monsters, spooks and general non-humans? Quirk Books has a special talent for classic literature mash-ups (a market no one could have seen coming) with their long list of bestsellers including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, The Meowmorphosis, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Android Karenina. The Book Case has found reasons to get excited about all of them, such as with Trailer Tuesday and a Behind-the-Book with Steve Hockensmith.
It looks like werewolves are now joining the growing line of haunted classics. Pegasus is releasing Henry VIII: Wolfman by A. E. Moorat (author of Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter) on August 15, which will take readers “back kicking and screaming five hundred years into the paranormal world of Tudor England.”
Also, coming August 30 is Grave Expectations: The Classic Tale of Love, Ambition, and Howling at the Moon (Gallery Books) by Charles Dickens and Sherri Browning Erwin (author of Jane Slayre). It features “bristly, sensitive and meat-hungry Pip,” “corpse-like vampire Miss Havisham” and Estella as “a slayer of supernatural creatures.” Sounds like a killer monster classic to me.
Some say that werewolves are the next vampires. What do you think?
Are you more excited about the mash-up for Henry VIII or Great Expectations?