Dawn of the Dreadfuls

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Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By Steve Hockensmith; Jane Austen; Patrick Arrasmith (Illustrator)

Quirk Books, Paperback, 9781594744549, 287pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2010

Description
Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls "will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave and just might inspire her to crawl out of it


About the Author
Steve Hockensmith (California) is the author of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novels Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics, 2010) and Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics, 2011). His book Holmes on the Range (Minotaur Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel.

One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.

Patrick Arrasmith lives in California. He is the illustrator of "The House of Dead Maids".