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Birth of a Subgenre

Not quite as significant as the birth of a genre, the birth of a subgenre really only needs someone to give to airy nothing a local habitation and a name. Schott’s Vocab documents the origin of a new one:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has sold over 50,000 copies in the UK and 600,000 in the US since publication in April, sparking a new trend for what [publisher] Quirk has dubbed the “literary monster mash-up.”

Other publishers have rushed to jump onto the bandwagon, and this autumn will see publication of both “Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter” – subtitled “She Loved Her Country; She Hated Demons” - and “I am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas.” “Marley was dead. Again,” says its publisher Orion. “Will the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future be able to stop the world from drowning under a top-hatted and crinolined zombie horde?”

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