Literary Monster Mashup

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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.


Seth Grahame-Smith, author of New York Times bestseller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”  His new book, out today, is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

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.”

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