And to think it all started with a plucky little mash-up called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In her review, Mary Ellen Quinn asked, with tongue firmly in cheek, “What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves?” Not a bad guess, but the next offering was actually Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Since the public’s appetite for good manners and bad horror seems limitless — or, at least, the folks at Quirk Classics are hoping that it is — this week Quirk announced the third title: Android Karenina (“Tolstoy Will Do the Robot in the Next Quirk Classic,” Shelf Life).
Let’s assume this trend has legs — legs as long as King Kong’s. If so, Quirk is going to need titles, and lots of them. And titles are the tough part — authors are a dime a dozen. So, as a helpful service, Booklist would like to offer the following contenders. This list includes suggestions from myself, Gillian Engberg, Ilene Cooper, Brad Hooper, Ray Olson, Mary Frances Wilkens, and Donna Seaman.
The Adventures of Tom Slayer
Are You There God? It’s Me, Man-Eating Martian (“this one speaks for itself”)
The Bled Pony
The Brothers Kalashnikov
A Connecticut Yankee in the Lair of the Abominable Snowman
Dr. Jekyll and Hannibal Lecter
The Fire-Breathing Lizard of Oz
The Fountain Bled
The Ghouls of Wrath
The Goblin Notebook
Grave Expectations (“a Victorian coming-of-age story set among the undead”)
The Heart Is a Lonely Vampire Hunter
The House of Seven Giants
Huckleberry Fang (“an abolitionist vampire joins Huck and Jim on their journey”)
Long Day’s Journey into Fright
The Man Who Would Be King Kong
The Merchant of Menace
Our Eyes Were Watching Godzilla
Our Mutual Fiend
Portrait of a Lady Undertaker
Prawns and Prejudice (“a romantic comedy of errors set in a colony of giant mutant shrimp”)
Pride and Predator
They Stake Vampires, Don’t They?
To Kill a Monster Bird
Ulysses and U-Boats
Vampires Come for the Archbishop
War and Pieces of Gore
Zombies’ Things Fall Apart
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