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

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 is an award-winning novelist and reporter. His debut mystery, Holmes on the Range, was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. Critics have hailed the novel and its sequels as hilarious ("Entertainment Weekly"), dazzling ("The Boston Globe"), clever ("The New York Times"), uproarious ("Publisher s Weekly"), wonderfully entertaining (Booklist), and quirky and original ("The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"). He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and two children."