Thursday, April 29, 2010

Monster Throwdown: Vampires, Werewolves, and Louisa May Alcott

In the beginning was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quirk Books editor Jason Rekulak said that the title popped into his head one day and he couldn’t stop thinking about it. He brought the idea to Seth Graham-Smith, and what was going to be a novelty print run became a NY Times best seller that spawned a genre: Monster Lit. Other classics include Jane Slayre and Emma and the Vampires. I haven’t myself yet partaken, but I am tipping my toe into the water because a good friend, Lynn Messina, has written Little Vampire Women. A perfect karmic assignment for an ardent Buffy fan.

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any corpses,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

You may not have noticed, but Louisa May Alcott is back in the cultural spotlight. So much so that there is another LW Monster book coming out in May, Little Women and Werewolves, by Porter Grand. And the two authors are getting together May 6 at Symphony Space to discuss the classic and the updates, along with none other than John Matteson, who won the Pultizer last year for his biography, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. Tickets are available here.

Our own Lance Mannion will be there to cover it. I’ll be live tweeting it. Follow me on Twitter not to miss out. If you are going and tweeting yourself, use hashtag #LWMonsters