Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (April 4, 2009)
By Tish Wells
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
Amid a tsunami of Jane Austen-based books, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has a unique twist: romance novel and horror flick.
Most people are aware of the original "Pride and Prejudice" either through school reading lists or recent movies. It is a classic tale of the English class, good breeding and husband-hunting centering on the Bennet family of five daughters — Jane, Elizabeth, Kitty, Mary and Lydia.
Fewer people may be aficionados of the zombie genre. A zombie is an animated corpse. Here, zombies are ravenous brain-munching, rotting "Unmentionables" that travel in packs, attack coaches, milkmaids, kitchen staffs, and the occasional aristocratic ball room.