Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Unprovoked Rape of the Classical Novel (Guest Post by Adam Whitlatch)

If you came to my house and invaded my office, you would find four overflowing bookcases lining the walls. And if you were a really nosy bastard, you would find volumes in my collection ranging from Stoker to Scalzi, from Hemingway to Heinlein, from King to Koontz. What I promise you will not find there is Seth Grahame-Smith's blasphemous publication Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Pride and Prejudice. . . and zombies. Wow.

Understand that I am a fan of all things related to the living dead, but I think I have finally found my "No, sir, I don't like it" moment. At first I chuckled and put it out of my mind. Surely people wouldn't dignify ...

Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of over sixty works of speculative short stories and poetry, as well as the novels E.R.A. - Earth Realm Army and The Blood Raven: Retribution.
His work has appeared (or is slated to appear) in Six Sentences, Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales, Dead Science, Shroud Magazine, Crossed Genres Magazine, The Drabbler, Vicious Verses & Reanimated Rhymes, Illumen, Unheard Magazine, and Scifaikuest just to name a few.
Adam lives in southeastern Iowa with his wife, Jessica, and their two sons. He is currently studying to become an English teacher.
His blog, Bazooko's Circus, is available for viewing at


Michael Solender said...

as long as there are people with coattails, there will be people who will be riding them. i have an even greater amount of contempt for the "editors" that publish this drivel. $$$ speaks I guess...sad.

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

You said it, Michael. It so happens one of the "authors" in that list is also the editor publishing it and many of the others mentioned.

Laurita said...

When I first heard of PP&Z I thought the story someow revolved around the book and the undead. I then discvered that the undead infiltrated the actual original work. A little piece of me died that day. I hope that piece comes back from the dead and wreaks zombie vengence on the spoilers of classic literature.

quin browne said...


i bought the book... i'm a sucker (as it were) for zombies.

the first chapter was droll. perhaps it was the idea of the sisters all trained for zombie killing, etc.

three chapters in, it sits in the bottom of my shelves, under some bills i need to think about paying and a photo of a relative i never really liked.

the rest are beyond horrible to think about.

Crybbe666 said...

I don't think contempt is strong enough a word. It's a strange world when writers struggle to get heard, yet someone who rips off a classic, with no real imagination, can become a selling phenomenon. Go figure, right?

Hi Tess...hope you're keeping well!

Cat said...

I could not agree more! It is like stealing and then putting your own twist on it...