I can’t say I have ever read a Jane Austen novel, quite frankly if a book doesn’t have photo-pictures, it takes me an age to get through it. That being said, I am totally looking forward to reading Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a cannibalisation of the classic 1813 novel penned by Austen. Billed as 85% Austen’s original text and 15 percent brand-new blood and guts, “Zombies” tells of a love story in an alternate universe where the stanky undead roam the English countryside.

Grahame-Smith has this to say on how the original text of the novel was well-suited for use as a zombie horror story:

You have this fiercely independent heroine, you have this dashing heroic gentleman, you have a militia camped out for seemingly no reason whatsoever nearby, and people are always walking here and there and taking carriage rides here and there,” he said. “It was just ripe for gore and senseless violence. From my perspective anyway.

Published earlier this year by Quirk Books, Zombies has already reached bestseller status with 750,000 copies in print. And it seems a feature film will be on its away, after undisclosed major film company purchased the rights earlier this year.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies can easily be imported through your local online retailer. Prices range from R109 to R139, allowing 10-15 days delivery time.

[via LA Times]

BONUS: Riding the wave of mutant offshoots, next month will see Quirk Books releasing Ben H. Winters’ Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters which adds giant lobsters and enraged octopi to another Austen love story. See the book trailer below.