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Britain Sees Red

The horrors of a literary genre.

Jan 25, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 18 • By SARA LODGE
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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.

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