I’d like to be perfectly clear, for a moment. I’m not a big reader. I have my favorite authors, whose books I read on occasion, but ordinarily, I don’t read a ton of books. Then, in 2009, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released and all that changed.
This was the book that, in essence, created the mash-up genre. Combining classic literature with horror icons was a big gamble, and Quirk Classics was the upstart company to take that leap of faith. Seth Graham-Smith was the author who adapted Jane Austen’s words to create a monster masterpiece. And I’m forever indebted to him.
This was the book to jumpstart my writing. After reading it, I was ready to get back into the swing of things and return to my writing. I’d taken an extended hiatus and this was just the book I needed, in the right place at the right time.
I wrote a book review — just for myself — posted it on my blog, and actually got some great feedback from a bunch of my friends. Not long afterward, I found out that Quirk Books actually had a Blog Initiative, where they’d mail you their books, before they hit the street, and all you had to do was write up a review. This was the golden ticket!
I went on to review Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Android Karenina. I started to branch out to other Zombie and Monster books, movies, video games, etc. and the grand idea hatched in my head to actually create a Webpage for all these articles. This was the Dawn of Zombies in My Blog.
As I was gathering up my writing samples, I suffered a major setback. I accidentally deleted my old blog. And with it, all book reviews. Since then, I have created Zombies in My Blog and continued my writing. This is the Little-Zombie-Website-That-Could. It’s still in its infant stage. I’m slowly gaining traction on all the search engines, and with that, people are finding out about me.
Despite everything I’ve stated, if you gain nothing from my Webpage, do know that this book is great. I hold it highest among all the books I’ve reviewed. It’s dear to me. And for that, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to Quirk Books and Seth Graham-Smith: Thank you for all your hard work. You’ve got a big fan in me. And now, I’m inspired to read more. A lot more. My book backlog is long. There will be more book reviews. A lot more reviews, coming soon, to a Webpage near you.