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December 11th, 2009

DEAD AIR: Nothing New Under the Sun [Dec. 11th, 2009|10:29 am]
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My December horror column for the Internet Review of Science Fiction, "Nothing New Under the Sun," is now live at the site. This month I take a look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the publishing feeding frenzy in the wake of its success.

Just as they did with the Da Vinci Code knockoffs [earlier this decade], publishers everywhere are now scrambling to hop on the monster mashup bandwagon. In August, Sourcebooks published Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, a supernatural sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Quirk Books itself published Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters in September. October saw Ulysses Press publish Vampire Darcy's Desire by Regina Jeffers, which apparently differentiates itself from Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by being a prequel/retelling of Pride and Prejudice rather than a sequel. In June of next year, Del Rey will publish Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand. And in August, Kensington will publish Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray, in which Heathcliff is, you guessed it, a vampire. If you're currently shaking your head and muttering, "Enough already," you're not alone. But you're also likely to go unheard by the industry.

Also in this issue, Rachel Manija Brown has what I think is an excellent analysis of Miyazaki's latest animated film, Ponyo.
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The Golem Wishes You a Happy Hanukkah! [Dec. 11th, 2009|03:31 pm]
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Hanukkah is all about celebrating. Look how happy they are in the picture, they can't stop hugging!
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