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Books With Monstrous Twists on Classics Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride, prejudice, and any monster you can think of. 

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For some, classics are beloved pieces of literature that should never be touched. For others, like us, they’re always just a little better with a supernatural twist.

This genre mash-up was popularized with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and it has only exploded since then.

From Shakespeare to the Beatles, here are nine books that give your favorite stories and historical events a fun and unexpected twist. 

Paul Is Undead

Paul Is Undead

By Alan Goldsher

John Lennon wanted to start a band that might take over the world. So, the young, idealistic zombie guitarist starts by heading to Liverpool and turning local rocker Paul McCartney into the undead.

The duo solidified their partnership and added a zombified George Harrison and Seventh Level Ninja Lord drummer Ringo Starr. Together, they made bloody good music and violent mayhem across the U.S., Europe, and beyond.

But will their desire for gray matter keep them from maintaining their stardom? Or will it tear them apart in the end? 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By Jane Austen

A mysterious plague has fallen on the quiet village of Meryton. The dead are coming to life. Good thing Elizabeth Bennet is trained to kill them. Until the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy distracts her.

The two engage in civilized sparring, both with each other and fighting the undead.

But which is harder? Battling landed gentry prejudices? Or overcoming her pride and seeing an ally instead of an enemy? 

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

By A. E. Moorat

Hidden in the smoggy, cobbled streets of Queen Victoria’s London is a vile and villainous threat. Demonic chimney sweeps run feral. Angelic angels urchins are reborn as agents of death.

After her uncle William IV dies in 1837, Victoria becomes Queen. But she quickly finds herself in the middle of a war with demons

This is the story of her life and the battle she valiantly fought in the name of her country. 

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

By Jane Austen

When the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home, they’re sent to live on an island filled with dark secrets and violent creatures.

Sensible Elinor soon falls in love with the stalwart Edward Ferrars. But her romantic younger sister Marianne is torn between the handsome Willoughby and the part man, part monster, Colonel Brandon.

Between meddling matriarchs, unscrupulous rogues, and snapping tentacles, it’s unclear if the Dashwood sisters can overcome their obstacles and triumph by finding true love. 

Jane Slayre

Jane Slayre

By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Slayre is an orphan raised by vampyre kin. She spurns them entirely when she sets out, against the advice of her ghost uncle, to hone the skills that will turn her into a fearless slayer.

When she becomes a governess at a country estate, she falls in love with the patriarch, Mr. Rochester. But things get complicated when she discovers a violent werewolf hiding in his attic.

A werewolf that was once his first wife. Jane thought she found her happily ever after.

Can she overcome vampyres, zombies, and werewolves in her pursuit of true love? 

Little Women and Werewolves

Little Women and Werewolves

By Louisa May Alcott

Before her editors made her change the story, the first draft of Louisa May Alcott’s story was much different.

In the midst of the Civil War, the March sisters are learning how to leave the wild ways of their childhood behind so that they can transform into little women.

But with a neighbor doomed to prowl the night and devour locals, it won’t be easy.

Balancing the lessons of virtue and dismemberment, the March sisters learn to embody kindness, patience, and grace while avoiding bloodthirsty werewolves along the way. 

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

By Amanda Grange

When you have an immortal life and a dark fortune, a gentleman must be in want of an eternal wife. But married life is nothing like Elizabeth Bennet ever imagined.

Despite looking at her with love, he doesn’t visit her at night to consummate their marriage. And the longer they’re married, the more distant the couple grows. Because Darcy is keeping a dark secret.

And the truth could not just destroy the happily-ever-after that Lizzy so desperately wants, but take her life from her completely. 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

By Seth Grahame-Smith

After young Abraham Lincoln learns the truth of his mother’s death, he vows to never rest until he destroys the vampire infestation plaguing the country.

Gifted with the axe, Lincoln uses his height and strength to hack a path of vengeance that would take him from the woods of his one-room cabin in Indiana to the White House. History remembers him for ending slavery.

This is the secret history of what actually started the Civil War and the violent creatures that helped birth, grow, and almost destroy the United States of America. 

william Shakespeare's star wars

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

By Ian Doescher

In a galaxy far, far away, comes a tale of fretful droids, faithful Wookiees, and dreadful Stormtroopers. Join this noble quest as a wise Jedi knight battles an evil Sith lord as a beautiful princess is held captive and young hero finds his way. 

Even though this is technically the fourth book in the series, all Star Wars fans know this is the story that came first. Reimagined in galactic iambic pentameter, this genre mashup is the book you’re looking for.