Seth Grahame-Smith started it. He wrote a monster mash-up of Jane Austen and his own imagination called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
It sold a million copies and set off an avalanche: “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” … “Emma and the Werewolves” … “The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies” … “Alice in Zombieland” … “Jane Bites Back.”
Now Grahame-Smith is back with his follow-up — “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Literature and zombies. History and vampires. Selling like hotcakes. What’s going on?
This hour, On Point: the monster mash-up craze.
Read the first chapter of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, professor of English and director of the comparative literature program at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches a popular course called “The Uncanny,” which explores how the bizarre and unexpected feature in the art, music, literature and film of the last hundred years.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Lincoln biographer. She’s author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”