By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book IJoe Nassise has raised the bar for the whole genre." --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory Combine the take-no-prisoners heroic grit of Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds with the irreverent inventiveness of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, set it on the blood-and-gore-soaked European battlefields of World War One, and you get By the Blood of Heroes, a wildly imaginative alternate history zombie novel by acclaimed urban fantasy author Joseph Nassise. When the German high command employs a terrible new chemical weapon that reanimates the dead, Allied forces ...
Inspired by horror films of the past, such as George Romero's 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, zombies have come lurching back into the forefront of the public imagination with books such as the Jane Austen parody Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, video games such as Left 4 Dead and blockbuster movies like Zombieland. The living dead have never been so popular! We all know that zombies are by no means a modern phenomenon but where did this zombie fascination come from, and where did people like Romero get their inspiration? This book takes a look at all aspects of this gruesome entity and delves into the less well known mythological and historical side of this fascinating subject. This hardcover volume is illustrated throughout in ghoulish, garish full color. This compendium of gore and ghastliness will reveal the complex history of the zombie from its earliest known origins in Haitian Voodoo, through its mysterious mythology to its modern incarnations in graphic novels, film and computer games. In popular culture, readers will find, Zombies have arisen once more.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After. The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.
Historical fiction has long ranked somewhere just above romance novels and mysteries in the great chain of literary respectability, yet as David Slavitt points out in his humorous yet loving send-up of the genre, riches might be found in the most unlikely sources. The Duke's Man is, in a way, old and new--a condensation and commentary and a literary mash-up. The eponymous character is Louis de Clermont, Comte de Bussy d'Amboise, a gentleman of the court of King Henri III of France, and the hero of Dumas' three-volume historical novel La Dame de Monsoreau (1846). Dumas' novel serves here as inspiration, pre-text, and pretext for a commentary that veers off into numerous historical and biographical digressions, musings on narrative and the novel, and parody. Focusing on one aspect of Dumas' novel--the doomed love story of Bussy d'Amboise and Diana de Monsoreau--Slavitt excerpts key passages, which are extended and undercut by the narrator's comments. The result is a radically abridged book with its own life and verve. The first of the quoted scenes, in which the names of Bussy's assailants are replaced with those of French cheeses, sets the irreverent tone for all that follows. The book pokes fun at Dumas' exclamatory style and flamboyant archaisms ("morbleu " "pardieu "), the implausibility of the swordfights, the unnecessary contortions of the political plot, the conventional passivity of the heroine, and the coyness of his love scenes. Residing somewhere between Nabokov's Pale Fire and Quirk Books' mash-ups (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc.), The Duke's Man's blend of quotation, commentary, and fiction raises searching questions about realism and truth.