The Magazine

Britain Sees Red

The horrors of a literary genre.

Jan 25, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 18 • By SARA LODGE
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Queen Victoria

Britain Sees Red

by A. E. Moorat
Hodder, 400 pp., £7.99

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem

by Jane Austen
and Seth Grahame-Smith
Quirk, 320 pp., £ 8.99

A strange plague is sweeping Britain. Mouldering corpses, their eyes glazed, their arms outstretched, are lumbering out of bookshops everywhere, intent on only one thing: consuming your brains. I refer, of course, to the recent horde of novels, set in the 19th century, but starring the ravenous Undead, who burst into ballrooms, hijack carriages, and in one instance, even obtain a majority in the House of Commons by eating the opposition. This is period romance but with extra bite: Heads are not merely turned, they are spliced; hearts are not merely broken, they are ripped from chests; guts are not merely wrenched, they are munched. Never have there emerged simultaneously so many new variations on an old crypt.

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 15 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers