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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’: The Deluxe Heirloom Edition

Posted in books with tags , , on June 21, 2009 by Justin

prideandprejudiceLove it or hate it, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a bonafide phenomenon.  When it was released in April, it was practically an instant best-seller thanks to the hype that’d been bestowed upon it prior to its release.  And the hype continues.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t at least one “zombie” Google Alerts hit that mentions this book.  (Yeah, I’ve got a Google Alert set up for “zombie.”  So what?)

Now, the novel’s publisher Quirk Classics has finally realize that they’ve got a real money-maker on their hands and like any greedy corporate entity worth its weight in stock bonds, they’re taking advantage of the books popularity by releasing a new “Deluxe Heirloom Edition” of the book this fall.

Here are some of the features of the new edition, courtesy of Quirk Books:

  • A fancy 4C hardcover package that will endure for generations
  • In addition to the illustrations in the first edition, the expanded version features 13 new full-color oil painting illustrations – depicting all of PPZ’s most memorable moments
  • A special preface from author Seth Grahame-Smith in which he describes the writing of PPZ
  • Best of all, The Deluxe Heirloom Edition features 30% MORE ZOMBIES! Seth has written pages and pages of all-new (and entirely gratuitous) ultra-violent zombie mahem. If you loved the premise and zombie action of the first book, you’ll love this expanded Deluxe Edition even more.

Is this a blatant attempt to cash in on the book’s popularity?  Absolutely.  But if you’re a fan of the book then it looks like this is going to be a pretty kick ass version to own.   The new edition will be released on November 1, 2009.

I’ve included a couple of samples of the aforementioned oil paiting illustrations after the jump.

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The Sick or the Dead? Which do you prefer?

Posted in books, Books/Comics, essays, games, Video Games with tags , , , on June 20, 2009 by hunterchad

They started out as supernatural nightmares, rising, shambling from graves to do a master’s bidding.  Then zombies moved onto scientific origins, corpses reanimating because of toxic waste or radiation.  Now, the undead are losing their undead-ness and being shoved aside for infected masses, not so much reanimated corpses as they are the savage majority.

Why is the zombie population shifting from the graveyard to the lab?  The two sides are represented everywhere – “Night of the Living Dead” vs. “28 Days,” “The Laughing Corpse” vs. “I am Legend” and “Resident Evil” vs. “Left 4 Dead.”  Which do you prefer – actual dead corpses back up and on the prowl or your next-door-neighbor gone a little crazy?

Zombie Cop

Posted in books with tags on February 25, 2009 by leighcifer

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I picked up a copy of this little gem while visiting the new location of Criminal Records.  I didn’t set out to find this specific comic, but I was drawn to it’s bright, gory artwork. Plus, I ‘m a sucker for graphic novels. Zombie Cop is a full-length graphic novel by author and comic book writer Jeff Mariotte, and painted by artist Szymon Kudranski.  The story follows cop-turned-zombie Joe Mundy, who feels compelled to solve the mystery of how the zombie plague began before he loses all control over his mind and body. 

Zombie Cop is a bit silly, with a touch of super hero to it, but it eventually won me over. Mariotte even throws in a bonus novella at the end that  may even be better that the comic that’s found before it. For those into horror comics,  Zombie Cop is definitely worth checking out. I’m sure you could get it on Amazon, but why not support your local comic shop instead?

If Famous Poets Wrote Zombie Haiku

Posted in books, funny, YouTube on February 6, 2009 by jenn voorhees

Natalie emailed me this link and asked me to post it – a new video from Ryan Mecum, author of Zombie Haiku.  It’s good stuff.  And so is his book.  If you don’t already have it, you’re missing out. 

 

New zombie stuff from Max Brooks

Posted in books on February 6, 2009 by Justin

Recorded AttacksI know, I know.  I’m still a giant loser for having not read World War Z, but that still doesn’t mean I can’t get excited that WWZ/The Zombie Survival Guide author Max Brooks has a new project coming out.

This time is’s The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, Brooks’ chronicling of history’s most famous zombie attacks, in graphic novel form.

From our descendants on the African savannahs to the legions of ancient Rome to the voyages of Francis Drake to the ill-advised experiments of the Soviet army, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, takes the reader on a journey across many anni horribilis and hauntingly reminds us how close the living dead have come to destroying humanity.

The art featured in the video below looks pretty damn cool, but I can’t find anything indicating who the artist is.  If you can figure it out, let me know in the comments.

[Synopsis via Amazon.com, where you can pre-order the book, currently scheduled to be released on June 2]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Posted in books on January 28, 2009 by Natalie

Thank you, thank you, endless thank yous to Baylor for sending this gem my way. As someone who spent WAY too much time considering a minor in women’s literature I cannot tell you how excited I am about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen. This re-told masterpiece hits the shelves in April, but you can pre-order yours at Chronicle Books now.

Billed as “the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action,” this is one sure-fire way to read Ms. Austen’s work and not feel as though you’re going to grow a second vagina. (Or a vagina, depending on how many vaginas you currently own.)

This concludes the only post I hope to ever make about Jane Austen and vaginas on this blog.


The Zombie Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide 2008 (Part 1)

Posted in art, books, gift guides, holidays, toys with tags on December 9, 2008 by Justin

Part 1: Books, Art & Toys

Having trouble shopping for that zombie fan in your life?  I mean, what do you get the zombie lover who has everything?  You can’t very well get them yet another DVD release of Night of the Living Dead, can you?

No.  But luckily, we’re here to help.

We’ve scoured this series of tubes called the Internet to find you the best zombie-themed gifts out there.  Below, you’ll find items from all of the contributors here are Send More Cops:  Natalie, Leighcifer, Jenn Voorhees, and yours truly.  In fact, we found so much cool zombie crap out there that I’m having to split this gift guide into two parts, just so I don’t overwhelm you with awesomeness and cause your head to explode Scanners-style.  Because that will put a real damper on the holidays.

Of course, we’re not perfect, so I’m sure there may be other cool stuff out there that we missed, so feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

BOOKS

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor: If you know an Evil Dead fan, you must pick up a copy of Bruce Campbell’s If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. Campbell’s easy-going style of storytelling makes you feel like you know the guy personally as he recounts the making of Evil Dead with long time pal Sam Raimi.  Yeah, you know Amazon has it.  $10.17 Buy it! -L

gift_livingdeadThe Living Dead: This anthology of zombie stories is at the top of my wishlist right now.  It features short fiction from the likes of Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Clive Barker, and Joe R. Lansdale.  All writing about zombies.  I’m salivating just thinking about it.  $10.85 Buy it! -J

World War Z: WWZ is obviously the best book ever written. It’s my generation’s War and Peace, and much like War and Peace most people I know haven’t read it. This is probably obvious for any zombie lover, but the audio version, available on iTunes is a great addition to the story. So even if the zombie lover you love already has the book, buy them the “book on tape” version.  $16.47 Buy it! -N

Dead in the West: This short novel from one of my favorite writers, Joe R. Lansdale (of Bubba Ho-Tep fame) is currently (and frequently) out-of-print but it’s pretty well-prices on Amazon Marketplace.  It tells the story of Mud Creek, TX, a small town who unjustlygift_walkingdead lynches an Indian medicine man.  He places a curse on them, naturally, and zombie madness ensues.  The real thrill here is Lansdale’s prose which is hard to describe if you’ve never read him.  He’s definitely got a style all his own, and I recommend, well, pretty much everything he’s ever written.  $18.00 Buy it! -J

The Walking Dead: Even zombie fans who aren’t normally into comics can appreciate The Walking Dead series. Packed with awesome artwork and a hell of an intriguing story line, the hardcover editions make especially great gifts. Books 1-4 available on Amazon, or from your local comic shop.  -L

Another must-read. This one got me back into comic books after Preacher ended and I thought I had nothing to live for anymore.  $19.79-29.99 Buy it! -N

Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie: An actual non-fiction zombie book? Yes, and a very interesting one at that.  Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie is a good gift for those who need something more impressive on their bookshelf than that dusty copy of Nekromantik 2 on VHS.  Written by Wade Davis (The Serpent and the Rainbow), Passage of Darkness explains the original folklore of zombies, details the science behind “zombie powder”, and more.  Grab a copy at Powell’s.  $28.50 Buy it! -L

ARTWORK

gift_petMelissahatesyou: She painted me a zombie Rick Flair and she also introduced me to Gingerdead Man which is obviously the greatest horror movie in which Gary Busey plays a killer gingerbread man of all time.  $3.00-19.00 Buy it! -N

Zombie Pet Portraits: By Skarlett Ink. Like taxidermy, but less icky.  $13.00 Buy it! -N

The Art of “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin: Gary Pullin is the art director of Rue Morgue magazine, so naturally his artwork tends to lean towards the horrific.  His stuff kind of gift_garypullinruns the gamut of horror, but he does feature a couple of zombie pieces, including an illustration of Fulci’s famous worm-faced zombie, and an ode of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.  $25.00 Buy it! -J

Zombie Portraits: This might be the best gift idea ever. Get a custom zombified portrait! Artist Rob Sacchetto will zombie up you or your loved one for a fee of $80 plus shipping. Money well spent, in my humble opinion. Also check out the artist’s greeting cards.  $80.00 (per zombie) Buy it! -L

TOYS

Flesh-Eating Zombie Figure Set: A set of nine 3″ vinyl figures.  I’d like to scatter these around the house in random places, just to see how often someone might notice a tiny zombie peeking out at them.  $17.99 Buy it! -J

gift_tofuTofu the Vegan Zombie: Tofu is a friendly zombie, created from a botched experiment in Professor Vost’s laboratory. Monkey # 5, one of Vost’s lab animals, stuffed a block of tofu into the zombie boy’s open skull after accidentally losing the brain. As a result, Tofu eats only vegetables and grains and has no taste for human meat. However, if Tofu ever loses his “tofu-brain”, he turns into a dangerous zombie creature, craving human flesh.  $24.99 Buy it! -JV

Night of the Living Dead Cemetary Zombie Deluxe 12″ Figure: Okay, so the color head that comes with this looks pretty stupid.  Luckily the manufacturers were smart enough to include a black & white version as well.  A bit pricey, but whogift_baby doesn’t want an ode to Romero’s first on-screen ghoul on their desk?  $49.99 Buy it! -J

Zombie Zack Puppet: Zombie Zack is a creepy little zombie baby puppet. Think of all the fun supermarket trips that could be had with this little guy!  $73.00 Buy it! -L

Click here for Part 2: Video, Clothing, & Misc.