Are you zombied to death yet? Because March of this year we can look forward to the release of the third instalment in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After” with a reportedly zombied-up Mr. Darcy on the front cover. Although, to be honest, I’m not 100 per cent sure what I’m looking at below.
It’s already available for pre-order and I am sorely tempted. RRPing at (US)$12.95 according to Amazon, it sounds like a bargain (particularly if Hockensmith can keep up the effort from Dawn of the Dreadfuls). The title is a nice little wordplay, and manages to give nothing away about the story itself (will it really be dreadfully? Somehow I think not.) which is refreshing.
For those of you not familiar with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies phenomenon, I suggest you start by reading the original review
. The books are meant to be funny, and for the most part succeed.
The lovely cover image is actually better known from the Austen fanfiction 2008 cover of the book Emma & Knightley by Rachel Billington. A little digging has told me that this watercolour came from Bridgeman Art Library, and it is a 19th Century piece, depicting the Regency era, called “Courtship” by George Goodwin Kilburne. He was an English painter from Norfolk whose work seems to do fairly well at auction.
This book will conclude the trilogy. Quirk Classics has issued the description:
“The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.”
But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe).
But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after. “
The storyline sounds fun enough although other details are hard to come across (Hockensmith himself has been avoiding giving away too much- as seen in his interview with Open Book Society
). And, I’ve heard that it will come with fifteen illustrations within the around 288-320 pages (according to Angus and Robinson/irreference listings) which is marginally longer than Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I’ll admit I actually expect to see it in late March/early April (estimates are ranging between 22nd March to April 1st) in print. There will also be an audiobook released at the same time.
And, if you’re a fan of Hockensmith (and live in the US) there are some book signings coming up this month. Ask him some questions and let me know! I think, as is the case with most finales, this will be a “you-love-it-or-you-hate-it” type scenario. Which of the two do you think is most likely?
Ed.- Technical problems with formatting this post. Bear with me.