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'Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion' (Gallery Books) by Alan Goldsher.  | Supplied photo

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Jay’s other picks

“Jane Slayre” (Gallery Books) by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin

“The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe” (Permuted Press) by Daniel Defoe, H.P. Lovecraft and Peter Clines

“Little Vampire Women” (HarperTeen) by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina

“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim” (Coscom Entertainment) by Mark Twain and W. Bill Czolgosz

“Mansfield Park and Mummies” (Curiosities) by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian

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Updated: July 29, 2012 6:14AM



Most people know Abraham Lincoln was a skilled wrestler and that, at 6 feet 4 inches, he was the tallest president to date to hold the office.

But according to the new movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” our 16th president also was secretly battling a horde of undead bloodsuckers while simultaneously facing down the horrors of slavery and the Civil War.

While the vampire part is, of course, complete baloney, it’s representative of a recent trend in fiction called mashup novels whereby authors take literary classics or real historical figures and insert supernatural elements into the story line.

As someone who spent the better part of his 20s working toward an English degree, I should be appalled.

Some writers are taking revered works such as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (T. Egerton, Whitehall) and Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”
(W. Taylor) and sullying them with vampires, zombies and werewolves.

Strangely, though, I’m not. I think it’s great, mostly because it has the potential to bring classic works to a whole new generation of people who otherwise might not be that interested in the likes of Austen or Defoe.

Here are a few books in the genre that are worth checking out, if only for a few laughs.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (Quirk Books): Author Seth Grahame-Smith turns Jane Austen’s 1813 novel “Pride and Prejudice” on its head by incorporating elements of the zombie genre into the narrative.

Also check out the thematic sequel, “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” (Quirk Books) by Ben H. Winters.

“Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter” (Eos): Author A.E. Moorat imagines what it would have been like had Queen Victoria fought demons in her spare time.

GoodReads.com says, “You’ll meet Queen Victoria not as the bitter old widow forever draped in black, but transformed into an ass-kicking killer of evil creatures.”

“Android Karenina” (Quirk Books): Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 masterpiece “Anna Karenina” (The Russian Messenger) gets the mashup treatment courtesy of author Ben H. Winters.

Amazon.com calls the book a “classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs and interstellar space travel.”

“Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion” (Gallery Books): Author Alan Goldsher takes readers into an alternate reality where the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — are rising undead rock stars who are in the sights of England’s premier zombie hunter, Mick Jagger.



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