Mash-up Mania!

Bridgeman images have been used on quite a few of these recently published titles. They are most definitely NOT your Grandmother's Regency novels. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters published by Quirk Books

Quirk was first on the scene with it's Pride and Prejudice adaptation, written by Seth Grahame-Smith. The novel quickly became a bestseller and remains on the New York Times Bestseller list 26 weeks later. An heirloom edition will be printed in time for the holidays. For the cover artwork, Maria B. Fox, in a portrait by Sir William Beechey was turned into the undead heroine, complete with rotting flesh and piercing red eyes.

The recently released, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters has occupied a seat on the New York Times Bestseller list for the two weeks since its release. Written by Ben H. Winters, the cover image was inspired by a color litho of a performace of Nelson's Enchanted, by W. & D. Downey from 1897. The cover artist, Lars Leetaru, painted the couple in the Downey's original into the tentacled Colonel Brandon with the object of his affection.

 

Cover artwork courtesy of Quirk Books. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters artist: Lars Leetaru
Cover artwork courtesy of Quirk Books. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters artist: Lars Leetaru

 

 

Cover design: Marietta Anastassatos; Cover Illustration: Alan Ayers
Cover design: Marietta Anastassatos; Cover Illustration: Alan Ayers

 

Jane Bites Back  - A Jane Austen Inspired Vampire Novel by Michael Thomas Ford published by Random House

Due to be released in December 2009, Jane Bites Back picks up 200 years after Austen's death. The undead Austen tries to get a manuscript she finished before turning into a vampire published, all the while juggling her real identity, a dark man from her past, and two modern suitors.

A retouched version of the Beechey's portrait of Maria B. Fox is the modern Jane, complete with fangs.

Vampire Darcy's Desire - A Pride and Prejudice Adaptation published by Ulysses Press

In this Austen adaptation, Mr. Darcy has fallen victim to his family's 200-year curse at the hands of the demon, George Wickham. His fate as a half-human/half-vampire definitely puts a damper on his desire to marry and he decides to live out his life alone rather than inflict the horrors on a wife. Alas, this is not to be, and when he meets Elizabeth they are drawn to each other despite the dark forces at work against them. 

The cover artwork for  Vampire Darcy's Desire, is a bloodied painting by Marcus Stone entitled, A Stolen Kiss

 

Cover artwork courtesy of Ulysses Press
Cover artwork courtesy of Ulysses Press

 

Bridgeman loves seeing traditional imagery used in a unique way. We wonder how far the mash-up trend will go. In these trying times, we all need a little escape. May we suggest?

Anna Karenina and Arachnids?

Brideshead Revisited by the Birds?

Age of Innocence and Space Invaders?

 

BAL41739 Portrait of an unknown woman, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy (1837-87)/ Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
BAL41739 Portrait of an unknown woman, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy (1837-87)/ Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

 

 

LAW96365 The Spider, 1996 (metal) by Lawrie Simonson (Contemporary Artist) Private Collection
LAW96365 The Spider, 1996 (metal) by Lawrie Simonson (Contemporary Artist) Private Collection

 


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